About

The author at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

The author at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

Welcome to Retrograde Canvas. It was created in September of 2013 at the suggestion of a former teacher of mine. It is written by me, Christopher Moore, an art history major at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts. The college is only a short walk away from the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Art History News and Grumpy Art Historian – the two most widely read art history blogs on the Internet – mentioned my article on whether photography should be allowed in art museums. The magazine, History Today, also quoted me from that same article.

I occasionally write for my other blog Celluloid Victim. Its focus is on film, especially classic cinema; another fascination of mine.

In person, I have been astonished by such works as Mark Rothko’s deathly “Seagram Murals” (Tate Modern), the otherworldly craftsmanship of “The Hunt of the Unicorn” tapestries in The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art), and the haunting melancholy of Oskar Kokoschka’s “Two Nudes (Lovers)” (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).

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