I’m so excited to tell you guys about Smarthistory! I featured Artsy.net back in August and now, here’s another way the internet is boosting my right-brained soul. Smarthistory.com “is the leading open educational resource for art history.” In short, this is a gold mine for budding autodidacts like myself eager to learn how to find enlightenment in a tasteful dab of paint. Academic yet accessible essays and videos will teach you how to appreciate all those enigmatic pieces, the ones you know have some sort of cultural significance lurking behind that funny tree squiggle and blob of a person. To get started, here are some videos and articles to read and watch: a delightful video on the art of making Greek vases, an introduction to Impressionism, an enlightening discussion on Couture’s Roman’s of the Decadence, an intro to Buddhism, a study of Giotto’s Arena Ghapel, an analysis of Matisse’s Luxe, calme et volupté, and, my favorite so far, an essay about Matisse’s Goldfish.