William-Adolphe Bouguereau's Art & Literature(1867)
When the idea to start my own art+history blog dawned, my first task was searching the web for existing blogs that covered the art and history of The Renaissance and Baroque. I must admit - I was surprised by what I saw! Coming from a background of writing at tech sites, where there are literally thousands of sources to draw material from, I found that the presence of art and history online was relatively esoteric and low profile. Had I found a site that did everything I had intended to do with 3PP, I would gladly have subscribed to it and never bothered doing my own site. Luckily for me, this was not the case!
It has been over a year since this research started, and in the course of that time I have encountered many wonderful bloggers, some whom are professional art historians and classicists, authors etc, plus others whose writing is born of a deep personal fascination with their topics, despite their occupations being in unrelated fields(I count myself among these!)
Hence, in this new feature at 3PP we will be meeting the people behind some of the most notable humanities related blogs on the web. By doing this I hope to not only spread the word about some great art and history related blogs and sites, but also give an insight into the remarkable people behind these. We will explore their passion for the topic they write about, as well invite their ideas on what they see as the future of humanities on the web
What I think we will find is a large diversity in motivation and outlook, but a common purpose - the sharing of knowledge and experiences related to art and history.
Up first will be U.S art historian Monica Bowen. Her amazing blog Alberti's Window, was one I came across a few months after I had started 3PP. Even though I myself have been reading and writing about the Renaissance for over 20 years, I am perpetually amazed by Monica's ability to uncover wonderful new things on topics I imagined myself intimately familiar with. Her blog is an absolute must-read for any fan of art history.
If you would like to recommend someone for an interview, or be involved yourself, please contact me via the email listed in my profile.