Stories By James W Singer
Painting of the Week: Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Self Portrait in a Straw HatMarch 8, 2020
Why is art history predominantly focused on male artists? Are there not enough female artists to fill textbooks? Of course there are enough, but this sexism has a long legacy and it continues even today. March...
Painting of the Week: Pierre-Jacques Volaire, Eruption of Mount VesuviusFebruary 23, 2020
The ground shakes and rumbles as the nearby mountain awakens. Smoke emerges from its peaks and the volcano stirs from its slumber. The land trembles more and a fiery blast shoots into the air as lava...
Painting of the Week: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Roses of HeliogabalusFebruary 9, 2020
Lust, Gluttony, and Sloth. Three of the Seven Deadly Sins are depicted in Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s The Roses of Heliogabalus. Many other sins are depicted alongside these cardinal vices making this an extremely wicked painting. While...
Painting of the Week: Jean-Baptiste Chardin, The Monkey PainterJanuary 26, 2020
It’s tacky! It’s funny! It’s weird! Yes, Jean-Baptiste Chardin’s The Monkey Painter is definitely not what you would consider in good taste. It definitely has the appeal you would find in a funny greeting card, or...
Painting of the Week: John Singer Sargent, Madame XJanuary 12, 2020
Happy Birthday, John Singer Sargent! If you were alive, you would be 164 years old! The world has changed substantially since 12 January 1856, however your legacy has stood enduringly. You are still considered the leading...
Painting of the Week: Ford Madox Brown, The Last of EnglandDecember 29, 2019
Out of the cold English air comes a man tired from a hard day’s work. He enters his home where his loving wife waits with a hot meal to warm his cold body. They sit in...
Winter in Paris: Gustave Caillebotte, Rooftops in the SnowDecember 15, 2019
You open your eyes to the early morning light filtering through your windows. You instantly feel the cold air of the bedroom as you see your warm breath rise in clouds above your bed. It is...
Painting of the Week: Fowling in the MarshesDecember 1, 2019
Ancient Egypt. The famous land of Tutankhamun evokes popular images of pyramids, mummies, and tombs. It left an artistic heritage that is still admired and appreciated thousands of years later. Tomb paintings are part of this...
Painting of the Week: Fra Filippo Lippi, Madonna and Child with Two AngelsNovember 17, 2019
On the surface, Fra Filippo Lippi’s, Madonna and Child with Two Angels appears to be another typical Renaissance painting of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. It is beautifully painted in bold colours, smooth lines,...
Painting of the Week: Sir William Orchardson, The First CloudNovember 3, 2019
At first glance, Sir William Orchardson’s The First Cloud is a late Victorian domestic scene that appears to be tranquil, refined, and placid. However, at second view the luxurious elegance exposes the hypocrisy, double-standards, and bankrupted...
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