Stories By Anastasia Manioudaki
Arcimboldo’s Allegories of the SeasonsSeptember 24, 2020
Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s paintings of the four seasons have astonished audiences from the sixteenth century to this day. Even though, allegorical representations are quite common in the history of art, Arcimboldo’s portraits manage to capture the spirit...
Mythological Femmes Fatales in the Mysterious Symbolist PaintingsSeptember 9, 2020
Symbolism developed in the 19th century, it began as a literary movement but quickly moved into other art forms. Symbolist painters rejected the advent of new technologies, scientific thought, and naturalism. Instead, they favored thoughts and...
Art History 101
Art History 101: Twelve Portraits You Should KnowAugust 10, 2020
Let us embark on a journey through the course of art history with twelve significant portraits everybody should definitely know! The human need to capture its likeness comes with the birth of civilization, making portraiture one...
Painting of the Week: Henri Rousseau, The Football PlayersJuly 26, 2020
Welcome to the bizarre world of Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), the quintessential naïve artist, and meet his oneiric, striped football players. Four almost identical men are having a good time, probably in a park in Paris. They...
6 Highlights from the Alte Nationalgalerie in BerlinJune 21, 2020
Let’s explore some highlights from the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the preeminent collection of 19th century art in Germany. The gallery was founded in 1861 after a bequest by banker Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Wagener. He requested...
Art History 101
What Is a Tronie? Famous Examples of Tronies in Dutch and Flemish BaroqueMay 30, 2020
The Dutch and Flemish Baroque of the 17th century is mostly known through the works of Rembrandt in the Dutch Republic and Rubens in Flanders. However, during this period, genre painting, the painting of everyday life,...
Vincent van Gogh Copying Other ArtistsMay 27, 2020
Vincent van Gogh is famous nowadays for two things. Firstly, his unstoppable creativity – he produced 2,100 artworks in just over a decade. And, secondly, his struggles with his mental health. The famous ear incident was...
When the Arts Meet: Art Inspired Album CoversMay 11, 2020
If music is the soul of an album then the art on the cover must be its body. The choice of artwork for an album cover is an important one because at a glance it conveys...
Victorian Feminists and Their Supernatural PowersApril 20, 2020
The Victorian feminists in nineteenth-century England paved the way for the women’s movement across the world. The ‘New Woman’, as she was called, demanded social equality, economic independence and the right to education. However, many people...
The Window and the Pitchfork: The Story Behind Wood’s American GothicMarch 25, 2020
Under the blue sky of Iowa, a man and a woman stand solemnly in front of their house. They are farmers as suggested by their clothing and the pitchfork the man is holding. This is Wood’s...
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- Painting of the Week: Firs Zhuravlev, A Fashionista Wife
- The Origin of the World and the Female Gaze