Stories By Isla Phillips
18th Century Aristocratic Marriage Like in the Bridgerton SeriesFebruary 18, 2021
Three Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen is a huge triple portrait of the Montgomery sisters by Sir Joshua Reynolds. It thematizes aristocratic marriage and uses classical elements to allegorize the portrait. Exactly this type of...
Unique Greek Geometric Art to See in Florida: Exhibition and InterviewFebruary 5, 2021
In conversation with Dr. Michael Bennett, MFA Senior Curator of Early Western Art at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, we explore the world of the Greek Geometric period and the Homeric epics. From Chaos...
Circus and Jazz of Henri MatisseDecember 30, 2020
Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was a French artist famous for his use of colour. The Circus (below) is a colour stencil piece from Matisse’s book Jazz. Only 350 copies were made of the book so you might not...
The 12 Days of ChristmasDecember 25, 2020
In the spirit of the festive season, our gift to you is the 12 days of Christmas retold in artworks. The Twelve Days of Christmas is a carol with roots in 18th-century England, heavy with symbolism...
The Pros and Cons of Maggie Hambling’s Mary WollstonecraftDecember 21, 2020
Maggie Hambling CBE (b. 1945) is a British artist who is rarely seen without a cigarette. She paints beautiful land and seascapes, has several fascinating portraits at the National Gallery (where she was the first artist...
Art Advent Calendar of NativitiesDecember 1, 2020
Today December starts and that means it is the countdown until Christmas Day. To celebrate, here is an art advent calendar of nativity scenes, arranged in chronological order. 1. Domenico di Ghirlandaio Domenico Ghirlandaio was an...
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The Art of Ekphrasis: 5 Novels that Deftly Describe ArtNovember 2, 2020
Describing works of art is an essential part of art history and even as a research method in itself. And yet, description is also often dismissed as tendentious. The technical term for describing a work of art...
Stepping into the South of France with Picasso at BASTIANOctober 7, 2020
BASTIAN’s exhibition Atelier Picasso in London (3rd September – 31st October 2020) evokes the mood and heat of Picasso’s later years in the South of France. The exhibition sheds a fascinating light on the creative universe...
The Louvre Pyramid and 5 Other Art Museums Designed by Ieoh Ming PeiSeptember 21, 2020
Ioh Ming Pei (貝聿銘) (1917-2019) was a Chinese American modernist architect with international acclaim. Exciting for art history fans, many of Pei’s buildings are art museums. This means you can visit the architecture and the artworks all in one...
Artist Interview: Anita Yan Wong and Lingnan PaintingAugust 19, 2020
Lingnan style guo hua is an early 19th century style of Chinese painting, from Lingnan in the Southern region of China. Its origins are a revolutionary mix of new knowledge from both Japanese painting and Western art....
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