Dianne Durante is creating books on art and history
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The right art can give you a moment’s rest now, and be an inspiring reminder of what matters to you for the future. In today’s culture, though, it can take a lot of time and effort to find art that gives you that sort of intellectual and emotional pick-me-up. I can help! If you support me on Patreon, I’ll send you four recommendations every week. Wondering whether my idea of what’s inspiring matches yours? Watch my video, whose images are all from items I’ve recommended in the past year, and check out my top recommendations of 2017.

All subscribers also have access to a compilation of past recommendations. At higher levels, your rewards include downloadable high-res images, the satisfaction of seeing you name on my website or in one of my books, and private tours of sculpture in New York.

Your support on Patreon gives me time to find more great art to share with you, and more time to work on larger-scale works. Current and completed projects are listed below. 

UPCOMING PROJECTS
1. Innovators in Painting. I’ve met people who believe they can't enjoy art unless they've taken two semesters of art history and understand post-structuralist logocentric subversions of ideological imagery. I wondered if I could boil the history of Western art down to its essentials, providing in a few hours a framework that would encourage people to explore fabulous artworks that have been created over thousands of years. Answer: Yes! I’ve done it by focusing on a handful of innovations that gave artists greater power to make viewers like you and me stop, look, and think about art. I offered Innovators in Sculpture as a walking tour of the Metropolitan Museum in 2010, and published it as a Kindle book in 2015. Innovators in Painting, which also began as a walking tour, has been on the back burner because I haven't had time to rework the draft. I plan to publish Innovators in Painting in Kindle form, then publish a combined print-on-demand version that will include sculpture and painting.

2. Artist-Entrepreneurs: Saint Gaudens, MacMonnies, and Parrish. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the most capitalistic era in American history, it was considered normal that the immense popularity of Augustus Saint Gaudens, Frederick MacMonnies and Maxfield Parrish should earn them substantial wealth. MacMonnies' annual income in the mid-1890s reputedly reached $300,000 (about $7.5 million today). In 1925, one of every four American homes had a print of Maxfield Parrish's Daybreak. This talk gives a brief overview of the life and notable works of Saint Gaudens, MacMonnies and Parrish, within the historical, political, economic and philosophical framework of the period between the Civil War and World War I. I gave the talk at the Cordair Arts & Wine Weekend in July 2018; a book version is in the works.

3. Greek Art: print and ebook versions of a series of ten lectures I gave in the early 1990s. The Greeks developed a skill at depicting the human form that far surpasses that of the other peoples of the ancient world, and has seldom been equaled since. They also showed man as a heroic being, which is even more rare than anatomical accuracy. This book will put Greek art in the context of historical events and of changes in philosophy in the broadest sense.

PROJECTS COMPLETED with the support of Patreon subscribers (thank you all!):
  • Three-volume set on Alexander Hamilton (details here)
  • Central Park: The Early Years (details here)

MORE PUBLISHED WORKS

You can see my approach to discussing art in the books and essays I’ve published, listed on my website and on Amazon.
Tiers
Memory
$5 or more per month
A weekly reminder that the world is full of gorgeous art. As a subscriber to Patreon at the $5 level, you'll receive four art-related recommendations every Sunday morning. You'll also have access to an online compilation of recommendations, sorted by type of art. Samples here.
Lafayette
$6 or more per month
Hear me, hear me! Patrons at this level have access to audio recordings of the Sunday Recommendations and each week's blog post(s).
Nathan Hale
$10 or more per month
Do you only regret that you don't have more good art in your life? At the $10 level, you'll have access to the rewards of the previous level AND every month, you'll be able to download a high-res image of an artwork with a related quote. Samples here.
America
$25 or more per month
America, "land of the uncommon man": at the $25 level, you'll have access to the rewards of the previous level AND your name will appear as a patron on the home page of DianneDuranteWriter.com. Feeling modest? We can use your initials or the name of your avatar, your pet, or your favorite fictional character.
Farragut
$100 or more per month
Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes! Support at this level gives you access to the rewards of the previous level, AND your name will appear in the acknowledgements of the next book I publish.

Spirit of Life
$200 or more per month
"Lives of great men all remind us / We can make our lives sublime ..." Support at this level gives you access to the rewards of the previous level, AND we'll do your choice of any tour listed here, in New York City or via Skype. You must have a minimum of 2 months of patronage at this level to qualify; offer expires if you cancel or downgrade.
Goals
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When I've received $600, I'll take two days off my day job to work on drafting and editing Innovators in Painting.
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The right art can give you a moment’s rest now, and be an inspiring reminder of what matters to you for the future. In today’s culture, though, it can take a lot of time and effort to find art that gives you that sort of intellectual and emotional pick-me-up. I can help! If you support me on Patreon, I’ll send you four recommendations every week. Wondering whether my idea of what’s inspiring matches yours? Watch my video, whose images are all from items I’ve recommended in the past year, and check out my top recommendations of 2017.

All subscribers also have access to a compilation of past recommendations. At higher levels, your rewards include downloadable high-res images, the satisfaction of seeing you name on my website or in one of my books, and private tours of sculpture in New York.

Your support on Patreon gives me time to find more great art to share with you, and more time to work on larger-scale works. Current and completed projects are listed below. 

UPCOMING PROJECTS
1. Innovators in Painting. I’ve met people who believe they can't enjoy art unless they've taken two semesters of art history and understand post-structuralist logocentric subversions of ideological imagery. I wondered if I could boil the history of Western art down to its essentials, providing in a few hours a framework that would encourage people to explore fabulous artworks that have been created over thousands of years. Answer: Yes! I’ve done it by focusing on a handful of innovations that gave artists greater power to make viewers like you and me stop, look, and think about art. I offered Innovators in Sculpture as a walking tour of the Metropolitan Museum in 2010, and published it as a Kindle book in 2015. Innovators in Painting, which also began as a walking tour, has been on the back burner because I haven't had time to rework the draft. I plan to publish Innovators in Painting in Kindle form, then publish a combined print-on-demand version that will include sculpture and painting.

2. Artist-Entrepreneurs: Saint Gaudens, MacMonnies, and Parrish. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the most capitalistic era in American history, it was considered normal that the immense popularity of Augustus Saint Gaudens, Frederick MacMonnies and Maxfield Parrish should earn them substantial wealth. MacMonnies' annual income in the mid-1890s reputedly reached $300,000 (about $7.5 million today). In 1925, one of every four American homes had a print of Maxfield Parrish's Daybreak. This talk gives a brief overview of the life and notable works of Saint Gaudens, MacMonnies and Parrish, within the historical, political, economic and philosophical framework of the period between the Civil War and World War I. I gave the talk at the Cordair Arts & Wine Weekend in July 2018; a book version is in the works.

3. Greek Art: print and ebook versions of a series of ten lectures I gave in the early 1990s. The Greeks developed a skill at depicting the human form that far surpasses that of the other peoples of the ancient world, and has seldom been equaled since. They also showed man as a heroic being, which is even more rare than anatomical accuracy. This book will put Greek art in the context of historical events and of changes in philosophy in the broadest sense.

PROJECTS COMPLETED with the support of Patreon subscribers (thank you all!):
  • Three-volume set on Alexander Hamilton (details here)
  • Central Park: The Early Years (details here)

MORE PUBLISHED WORKS

You can see my approach to discussing art in the books and essays I’ve published, listed on my website and on Amazon.

Recent posts by Dianne Durante

Tiers
Memory
$5 or more per month
A weekly reminder that the world is full of gorgeous art. As a subscriber to Patreon at the $5 level, you'll receive four art-related recommendations every Sunday morning. You'll also have access to an online compilation of recommendations, sorted by type of art. Samples here.
Lafayette
$6 or more per month
Hear me, hear me! Patrons at this level have access to audio recordings of the Sunday Recommendations and each week's blog post(s).
Nathan Hale
$10 or more per month
Do you only regret that you don't have more good art in your life? At the $10 level, you'll have access to the rewards of the previous level AND every month, you'll be able to download a high-res image of an artwork with a related quote. Samples here.
America
$25 or more per month
America, "land of the uncommon man": at the $25 level, you'll have access to the rewards of the previous level AND your name will appear as a patron on the home page of DianneDuranteWriter.com. Feeling modest? We can use your initials or the name of your avatar, your pet, or your favorite fictional character.
Farragut
$100 or more per month
Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes! Support at this level gives you access to the rewards of the previous level, AND your name will appear in the acknowledgements of the next book I publish.

Spirit of Life
$200 or more per month
"Lives of great men all remind us / We can make our lives sublime ..." Support at this level gives you access to the rewards of the previous level, AND we'll do your choice of any tour listed here, in New York City or via Skype. You must have a minimum of 2 months of patronage at this level to qualify; offer expires if you cancel or downgrade.