All posts in category Netherlands

What’s in a name? Why the Hague’s Gemeentemuseum will soon become the Kunstmuseum

My article “What’s in a name? Why the Hague’s Gemeentemuseum will soon become the Kunstmuseum” appears in The Art Newspaper. Here’s my broader email interview with Gemeentemuseum director Benno Tempel: MW: I’m so fascinated by this decision to change a museum’s name. Are you aware of others who have done this from whom you’re drawing inspiration? Benno […]

In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself

My article “In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself” appears in Mosaic magazine.

Celebrating a medieval ‘Miracle of Amsterdam’ in city better known for its vices

My article “Celebrating a medieval ‘Miracle of Amsterdam’ in city better known for its vices” appears in Religion News Service. It has also run in the Colorado Springs Gazette and Crux.

When a Church Becomes an Art Installation

My article “When a Church Becomes an Art Installation” appears in the Jan. 2018 print issue of Sojourners magazine.

A Guide to Memento Mori

My “Guide to Memento Mori” appears in artnet.

De Stijl, the movement of Mondrian, turns 100 (NCR)

My article “De Stijl, the movement of Mondrian, turns 100” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: Piet Mondrian’s signature later style — red, blue and yellow rectangles embedded within a black grid — surfaces everywhere. It adorns the Partridge Family bus, it inspired the introduction of 1998 film “You’ve Got Mail,” and it […]

(Atlas Obscura) The Centuries-Old Netherlands Church Celebrating American Thanksgiving

My article “The Centuries-Old Netherlands Church Celebrating American Thanksgiving” appears in Atlas Obscura.

(Smithsonian magazine) Is This a Portrait of One of the World’s Most Influential Philosophers?

One Dutch art dealer is convinced that he owns the only portrait that Baruch Spinoza sat for. My article appears in Smithsonian magazine. Here’s the lede: When Constant Vecht flipped through the October 2013 catalog from a Paris-based auction house, lot number three immediately leapt out. It was identified as a 1666 work by 17th […]

(Forward) What Rembrandt Painted When He Painted Jews

My article “What Rembrandt Painted When He Painted Jews” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s a selection: …When Lloyd DeWitt, chief curator at the Chrysler Museum of Art, in Norfolk, Virginia, and edited the exhibition catalog “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus,” saw the Morgan exhibit, he was impressed by Rembrandt’s fascination with the […]

(NCR) Largest-ever retrospective underscores Hieronymus Bosch’s Catholic faith

My article “Largest-ever retrospective underscores Hieronymus Bosch’s Catholic faith” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS — The sweeping views of the medieval city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch are among the rewards for trekking 200-something feet up the temporary scaffolding affixed to St. John’s Cathedral, the largest Roman Catholic church in the Netherlands. […]

  • Selected articles

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Confederate monuments "Confederate Monuments and the Power of Absence." Religion & Politics. Oct. 2017.

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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