| Mar 12, 2015
| 1:56 PM
Each Jesus Christ was weighty and sizable, about 21/2 feet long, cross included. Each statue had come out of a mold, then plaster had dripped off, pooled and hardened, settling around the edges and leaving thin crescents of residue that clung to the...
| May 16, 2014
| 2:30 AM
What can you tell us about this platter? The family story is that it was found hidden in the wall of a Baltimore hotel that was under demolition, and that it was put there to save it during the Civil War. My grandfather got it between 1920-1935.
| Apr 2, 2013
| 8:52 AM
An exhibit opening Tuesday at England's National Trust property The Vyne in Hampshire will feature a rather precious object — perhaps even the Precious, as Gollum would have it. The exhibit centers around a "cursed" Roman ring that is believed to...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 10:00 AM
University of Chicago Press: 80 pp., $18 paper
Peter Campion, in his new book, re-creates the overheard sounds, ring tones, robo-blab and self-announcings of an airport concourse, spliced into imitation of Anglo-Saxon "riddles"...
| Nov 27, 2011
One Thanksgiving lesson most school kids probably don't receive has to do with the horn of plenty adorning festive paintings. For me it always seemed like a weird choice for carrying harvested food — what about a simple, flat-bottomed basket? But...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 12:23 PM
A pair of side-by-side brick townhouses might be two of the most lovingly restored homes in the historic neighborhood of Federal Hill. They sit off a wide, brick-lined street. Separated on the ground level by a sally port (a narrow, open passage way),...
| May 16, 2011
In the course of researching an article about great costume design on TV, I had the opportunity to chat with Joan Bergin, costume designer for "Camelot," the new Starz series based on the Arthurian legend. The Irish costume designer picked......
| Jun 4, 2010
| 11:33 AM
Often lost in the sea of nails, hooks, hammers, levels (and expletives) is the potential for glory that exists in the hanging of art on one's walls.
We're talking about the arrangement and composition -- the "how" of the hanging.
We're talking about...
| Feb 22, 2011
A couple of summers back I wrote about the Los Angeles residence of fashion designer Johnson Hartig, a home filled with recent Damien Hirst paintings and a curious collection of antique ceramic figurines, including packs of Staffordshire dogs in almost......
| Apr 3, 2005
In any culture, the past and present swirl around each other, touching and, in some sense, changing the other.
During the recently ended rebel war in Sierra Leone, as during the slave trade, people made desperate choices to protect themselves and their...