prose publication

Our Classical Heritage

Classical Heritage, Michael Curtis

Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C.: A History & Guide is a bold and refreshing look at the great monuments of our national heritage: With keen observations and telling insights the author guides the reader along a walking tour of Washington, DC, here-and-there pausing to describe some feature of architecture or statuary, to illuminate an intent of the Nation’s Founders or some accident of history, to offer a telling anecdote, quip or criticism as only a sculptor-architect who has created monuments can do, as only a brave and independent scholar would do. Here is a history of our nation’s capitol, a stroll along her streets and plazas, a pleasure of beauty, a censure of ugliness, a lesson, an amusement, a delight: Open, read, and enjoy the history, art and architecture of Washington, DC, our classical heritage.   


"forthcoming, January 15, 2018, The History Press"

Public Art in Ann Arbor

Public Art in Ann Arbor, Michael Curtis author

Guidebook and photographic essay: "Keller and Curtis have done a wonderful job.  This book is an elegant and useful guide for all art lovers..."

Wm. Hennessey, Dir. U of M Museum of Art


"out of print"

American Art for Americans

American Art for Americans, Michael Curtis

  American art masterpieces and many famous yet inferior works of the modernist school  are considered in this picture-rich book which defines the American aesthetic. Here, a definition by demonstration of an aesthetic within the context of that which makes us Americans: The abiding, unifying text of our Declaration of Independence, the Declaration’s formative precedents in Greek principles, Roman morals, the Christian Bible, natural law, and that enlightened philosophy contemporary with the nation’s founding and active through the course of our history.   


"in progress"

Liberty Patriots

Liberty Patriots, National Liberty Memorial, Michael Curtis, David Newton

 Succinct and entertaining biographies of Liberty Patriots, those African-Americans both slave and free who battled for personal, political, and national liberty in America’s War for Independence from the British Empire. This book is in supplement to The National Liberty Memorial, Washington, DC.


"in progress"  

William Girard: Modern Classical

William Girard artist, Michael Curtis classical, Venus

 Twentieth Century fashions in art left hidden many artists of genius, among these,  William Girard, an artist of breathtaking scope whose piercing observations of modern  life have much to tell us of who we are, and of what we are becoming.  Girard places us  among the characters of traditional myth, allowing us to see ourselves in the enchanted settings of the stream of  history: Through aesthetic experience, William Girard gorgeously  discovers us to ourselves.  


"in progress"

Essays

Michael Curtis artist Randolph Rogers

"section coming soon"