The Lonely Palette is a podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time. 

Each episode, creator and host Tamar Avishai picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting passers-by, and then dives deeply into the object, the movement, the social context, and anything and everything else that will make it as exciting to you as it is to her.  Episodes have aired most recently on PRX Remix and CBC Radio's Podcast Playlist.

Tamar is an art historian turned finance administrator turned independent radio producer.  You can see her doing what you're hearing live! as an adjunct lecturer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

New around here?  Welcome!  Start with this episode.

Suggestions for an episode?  Email tamar [at] thelonelypalette [dot] com.

Press and Praise

"I could have picked any of the episodes. I just love the way Tamar brings art to life by describing the artists and their lives surrounding the artwork that they make."

Bello Collective's 100 Outstanding Audio Stories from 2016

"Avishai...dissects visual and historical context in an approachable way."


"This is what those snooze-a-thon museum audio tours should sound like."

WBUR's Open Source with Christopher Lydon

"Meet Tamar Avishai, the art history buff you wish was next to you as you stare blankly at a white canvas with some splotches of paint on it... [Tamar] explains the process and the history behind the work with an enthusiasm we only wish we could find in stuffy museum audio tours."

WIRED Magazine

"While some discussions of art can be alienating, this show is as inviting as Monet’s Giverny."

NPR's The Big Listen

"Magically clarifying... I couldn’t tell you which century Piet Mondrian came out of if my life depended on it. But, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that Avishai...made me somehow comforted by my ignorance, my lack of art terminology and know-how. This is a podcast that truly lives up to its motto: it does return art history to the masses, one painting at a time."

Paste Magazine

"Gorgeous... It's like healthy candy."

Dar Williams, Singer/Songwriter

"#arthistory is the worst thing that's ever happened to me"

A future listener


The Salon


Extra special thanks to the below patrons, who make the Medicis look like cheapskates:


Bernard Avishai | Ellie Avishai | Susan Avishai | Malcolm Baker | Valerie Bernat | Evan Blanch | Bob Bernstein | Deborah Blicher & Peter Dain | Jon Fuller | Brad Jackson | George Gedron & Sara Noble | Michael Gibbons | Maura Greenman | Ashira Morris | John O'Leary & Sarah Britton | Jaclyn Tyler Poeschl | Brian Taulbee | Judith Wechsler | Joe Wray


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