35 episodes

Hi! My name is Lindsay and I host Stuff about Things: An Art History Podcast. It is a podcast where I tell you stuff about things. From giant Buddhas to lost paintings, each episode is a deep dive into a particular work of art, artist, or issue within the world of art history. My goal is to make art history accessible, enjoyable, and fun for anyone with a digital device and a desire to learn! My dog, Gus, also plays a key role as the podcast's muse and mascot. Come for the information, stay in spite of my very bad jokes. Please note that episodes may contain mild language, the occasional innuendo, and a healthy dose of sass. Happy listening!

Stuff about Things: An Art History Podcast Lindsay Sheedy

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 105 Ratings

Hi! My name is Lindsay and I host Stuff about Things: An Art History Podcast. It is a podcast where I tell you stuff about things. From giant Buddhas to lost paintings, each episode is a deep dive into a particular work of art, artist, or issue within the world of art history. My goal is to make art history accessible, enjoyable, and fun for anyone with a digital device and a desire to learn! My dog, Gus, also plays a key role as the podcast's muse and mascot. Come for the information, stay in spite of my very bad jokes. Please note that episodes may contain mild language, the occasional innuendo, and a healthy dose of sass. Happy listening!

    Minisode 2: Discovered - An Unknown Self-Portrait of Van Gogh

    Minisode 2: Discovered - An Unknown Self-Portrait of Van Gogh

    This half-hour ‘sode discusses the exciting discovery of a previously unknown self-portrait by Van Gogh, which he painted on the back of his painting known as Head of a Peasant Woman in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland. Come for the knowledge, stay in spite of your hypothetical broken ankle.

    • 26 min
    Minisode 1: Lost & Found - Van Gogh's Drawing of Starry Night

    Minisode 1: Lost & Found - Van Gogh's Drawing of Starry Night

    Did you know that there are TWO Starry Nights? Well, you do now! This minisode covers the harrowing, fascinating, and infuriating story of Van Gogh's drawing of Starry Night. Come for the intrigue, stay in spite of the bad Russian pronunciation.

    • 24 min
    Episode 33: Van Gogh & Starry Night

    Episode 33: Van Gogh & Starry Night

    Art history nerds, lend me your… ear? Because there’s a new episode in town! This episode is a one-and-a-half-hour deep dive into the life of Vincent Van Gogh and one of his most famous works: The Starry Night! Come for the bashing of Paul “Googy” Gauguin, stay in spite of the ear-severing and alleged paint-eating.

    Edit 8/9 - Small corrections made to the episode. Gustave Courbet's L'Origine du monde is at the Musée d'Orsay, not the Louvre; Van Gogh died at an inn attended by doctors, not a local hospital; and Van Gogh: A Life was written by both Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. Thanks to Gary F. for pointing these out.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 32: The Benin Bronzes, Part II

    Episode 32: The Benin Bronzes, Part II

    Howdy, you rootin' tootin' listener! This episode is the second in a two-part series on the Benin Bronzes, a group of a few thousand objects looted from the Kingdom of Benin in 1897. This episode covers the 1897 Benin Punitive Expedition, the subsequent scattering of the bronzes throughout the world, demands for the bronzes to be sent back to Nigeria, and why museums are saying “no” (or, in some cases, “NEIN!”). Come for the commentary about why eight British dudes need 250 African soldiers to carry their bags, stay in spite of the sarcasm sneezes.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 31: The Benin Bronzes, Part I

    Episode 31: The Benin Bronzes, Part I

    Ahoy, there! This episode is the first in a two-part series exploring the Benin Bronzes, a body of several thousand objects in bronze and brass that were looted from the Kingdom of Benin by the British in 1897. In this episode, we explore the historical and cultural context in which these magnificent bronze works were created, used, and beloved before talking about the bronzes themselves: what do they show? For what purposes were they made? What in the heck is lost wax casting? Come for the knowledge, stay in spite of my terrible pronunciation of Edo words/names.

    • 49 min
    Episode 30: Raphael's Young Woman with a Unicorn

    Episode 30: Raphael's Young Woman with a Unicorn

    Will your biographer say you died from "amorous excesses"? Are you saving yourself for unicorn hunting? Have you ever heard of death by spiked wheel? You have now! In this episode, we dive deep into an alleged Raphael masterpiece known as the portrait of a Young Woman with a Unicorn. Come for the art historical facts, stay for the excursus on the benefits of hosting a two year old's birthday party. **contains mild language and innuendo**

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Gothscribe ,

Cultured Silliness Perfection!!!

This podcast immediately became my all time favorite. The host is insanely skilled at storytelling! She is able to turn clear well researched facts about artwork and artists into relatable and exciting tales. Dr. Sheedy is extremely knowledgeable but also poetically quirky, which I absolutely love. If you like anything about history, art or cute puppies, this podcast will make you love them even more!

lovadov ,

All shows

This show gets my brain a-turning with what makes it happy- Art and History. I look forward to the generosity of knowledge that comes with each episode. Very well done!

MS72 ,

Love you show

Thank you Lindsey for such a fun show. Thoroughly researched and beautifully delivered. Your great passion for art history is very apparent. Thank you sharing with the rest of us. 😊😊😊

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