About this site

Cronaca (kraw′·na·ka): Italian; from Lat. chronĭca, Gr. Χρονικά.
1. Historical narrative that presents events in order of their occurrence, the typical form of medieval historiography.
2. Record or report of an event or series of events.
3. Newspaper listing of notable events of the day.


Cronaca is a compilation of news concerning art, archeology, history, and whatever else catches the chronicler's eye, with the odd bit of opinion and commentary thrown in. Since history does not seem to have come to an end, other posts reflect a historian's-eye view of current events.


The cronista is David Nishimura. An art historian by training (ABD, Institute of Fine Arts), he is well known as a dealer and collector of old writing instruments. Whether he should be described as a generalist or as a serial specialist is an open question. He does not normally refer to himself in the third person.


Please note that most of our entries link to articles published elsewhere. Excerpted material appears as indented text. Inquiries about these articles and their contents should be directed to their authors, not to us.

We link to a wide range of news sources. Some require registration, which is usually free. To save time, you may wish to take advantage of the generosity of the Arts Journal, which has publicly posted their sign-in info (good for numerous news sites) here.

Many others have made their sign-in info available at BugMeNot.


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Disagreement is welcome; rudeness is not. A little respect goes a long way.


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