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  • Everything You Should Know About Orientalism

    By January 12, 2018

    Nineteenth-century Europeans were fascinated by Near East and North Africa. Everything began roughly around the time of the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt when fantasies about the ‘other’ served to justify the colonial expansions. As Napoleonic troops brought foreign...

  • Spot The Rug: Ottoman Carpets In Renaissance Paintings

    By November 8, 2017

    Art history has always been inseparable from international trade exchanges and mingling of nations and cultures. Manuscripts, works of art, decorative objects, jewellery, household items…. They all crossed borders and always had an impact on the place of arrival (although not...

  • 5 Most Beautiful Libraries You Should Know

    By October 24, 2017

    Shout-out to all students! With the exams approaching, sometimes I find myself spending more time in the library than at home… Or do you know this feeling of outrage when you have your favorite seat and somebody dares to...

  • The Art of Mihrab – little masterpieces of Islamic art

    By October 11, 2017

    What is a mihrab? It’s a typically semi-circular niche in the mosque. It’s usually inserted in the centre of the Quibla wall, the wall which points towards Mecca, the holy direction of Muslim prayer. With time, mihrabs turned from...

  • Carousels, Roundabouts, Merry-Go-Rounds in Art…All the Fun of the Fair

    By October 10, 2017

    The carousel, roundabout or Merry-Go-Round, has a long history stemming back to the time of the crusades and was used as a method of training for combat, with riders galloping in circles throwing balls to one another.  Eventually,...

  • A Search for Solace at Innisfree Gardens

    By July 12, 2017

    Art itself is often closely associated with some form of solace or peace. Though not all art exists to establish in oneself an inner tranquility, many find that it has a soothing or therapeutic effect that seems to...

  • Top 4 Summer Destinations From Art

    By July 6, 2017

    Are you still undecided on where to go to for your vacation? Have you visited all the summer destinations from our last year’s list and are looking for inspiration? Here comes the selection of artsy places you can...

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