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  • ARTISAN GLASS AND PERFUME: FROM THE ANCIENT TO THE MODERN

    EARLY GLASS AND PERFUME The history of glass manufacture has been tightly interwoven with the production of perfume since the first bottles were made around the fifteenth century B.C.E. The use of perfume was not only a feature of daily life, but also an intrinsic part of funerary customs and religious rituals for ancient cultures.Read the Rest…

    OCTOBER 6: MONDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    October 6th, 2014 · 11:30 am  →  American History Art History Blog Conservation Contemporary Art Travel

    Today, to start off your week with some art-related news, we are featuring a Monday link roundup! This weekend, The 1968 Exhibit opened at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibit, which has been touring the United States since October 2011, focuses on all the conflicts and movements of those tumultuous twelve months: The 1968 Exhibit is filledRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: O BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES

    September 30th, 2014 · 11:40 am  →  American History Authentication Blog Historical Documents

    In celebration of MIR Appraisal’s 20th anniversary, each month we will introduce a favorite case from our archives that details our company’s dedication to thorough research and analysis as key steps in the appraisal process. This month’s article describes a unique set of historical documents that we encountered as part of an estate appraisal case in 2008.  Several years ago,Read the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 26: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    September 26th, 2014 · 5:09 pm  →  Blog Conservation Link Roundup News Photography Travel

    Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet.   The Filter Photo Festival opens this weekend. The festival, which runs through September 28th, features workshops, exhibitions, and evening programs: The 2014 Festival will take place from September 24th-28th and programming will encompass a variety of events,Read the Rest…

    THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM RE-EXAMINES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SELF-TAUGHT GENIUS

    September 22nd, 2014 · 11:07 am  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art American History Antiques Art History Blog Folk Art

    A new traveling exhibition embarks on a cross country journey to celebrate the self-taught genius. Even though the field of American folk art was established by collectors and critics well over a century ago, there is still a serious lack of clarity and concreteness in the definition of what is to be considered “folk art.”Read the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 19: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    September 19th, 2014 · 3:48 pm  →  Ancient Art Art History Blog Conservation Contemporary Art Link Roundup News

    Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Tonight, EXPO CHICAGO presents Art After Hours, a chance to visit art galleries and performance venues around Chicago during extended hours. A free shuttle service between the Loop, River North, the West Loop, and the Wabash Arts CorridorRead the Rest…

    COLLECTIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY: CARTES DE VISITE AND CABINET CARDS

    September 16th, 2014 · 3:04 pm  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art American History Blog Photography

    In the first half of the nineteenth century, photography had already begun to take off as a documentary art form. The daguerreotype, the first photographic process available to the public, enabled families to take true-to-life portraits of themselves and their loved ones (6). But daguerreotype portraits required lengthy sessions that resulted in stiff poses, andRead the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 12: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    September 12th, 2014 · 12:50 pm  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art Art History Blog Conservation Modern Art

    Every Friday, we will post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This Saturday (9/13), The Arts Club of Chicago presents, “My Kid Wouldn’t Even Do That!”: A Case for Difficult Art, this month’s installment of their series where speakers make a case for their favorite art form.Read the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 5: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    Every Friday, we will post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This weekend is the 12th annual Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park. The Renegade Craft Fair is a national network of craft fairs serving the DIY community: Everything at the fairs reflects our commitment to showcase the bestRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: FROM CHALICES TO CRUCIFIXES

    August 28th, 2014 · 11:59 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Collection Management Provenance

    To celebrate our 20th anniversary, each month we will present a different story from our history that highlights our dedication to research and analysis as key parts of the appraisal process. In honor of our newly-announced partnership with Christian Brothers Services, our August installment details our collaboration with the Congregation of the Holy Cross to inspect, research, andRead the Rest…