Stories By Marga Patterson
The Charm of Colorful and Shiny Italian Maiolica Ceramic WaresApril 20, 2021
Maiolica ceramic wares are exquisitely decorated and vibrantly colored handmade artworks made popular during the Italian Renaissance. Their timeless beauty has inspired artists and fascinated art collectors throughout the ages. The Maiolica technique illuminated ceramics that...
Mysterious Female Nude Statuettes of the Parthian EmpireApril 13, 2021
Several female nude statuettes have been unearthed from the subterranean landscape of ancient Iraq. Rendered in the Greco-Babylonian style, these sensual, stone beauties captivate all who lay eyes on them. Yet their true meaning remains a...
The Electric Works of Igor Moritz: Artist InterviewMarch 22, 2021
Igor Moritz (b.1996) is a young, Polish contemporary painter living in London. Primarily self-taught, Moritz creates intimate portraits of his friends and family saturated with explosive colors. His works are energetic and expressive, transforming the mundane...
Art and Ritual: Culture of the Enigmatic Moche PeopleMarch 18, 2021
The Moche were an ancient, indigenous people of Andean Peru. They are considered to be one of the most influential civilizations of the ancient Americas. Through their art, they conveyed the stories of their people and...
The Wonder and Glory of Medieval Portable ShrinesMarch 9, 2021
For devoted Christians, a portable shrine provided an immediate and intimate way to connect to a higher power within a monastic space or the privacy of one’s home. Portable shrines were small-scale, ritual objects with movable...
A Luxurious Desire: Ancient Near Eastern Ivory CarvingsFebruary 18, 2021
The allure of ivory, a lustrous material that when polished gleams and glows, exuding warmth and a mysterious beauty. Near Eastern ivory carvings are eerily seductive and hauntingly beautiful. Imagine the thrill of finding such exquisite...
Living Memories: The Funerary Stelae of Ancient CyprusJanuary 20, 2021
The majority of sculpture that survives from ancient Cyprus are funerary stelae, elaborate grave markers to commemorate the dead. Possessing an almost mystical quality that is highly evocative and equally arresting, these emphatic monuments preserve a...
The Ephemeral Magic of Raw Clay: Artist Interview with Phoebe CummingsJanuary 15, 2021
Phoebe Cummings (b.1981) is a British sculptress-ceramics artist working primarily with unfired, living clay in its raw state. She creates time-based installations that are extremely detailed, delicate, and multi-layered. Phoebe’s exquisite clay sculptures pulse with an...
The Fascinating Ceramic Tile Art of the Anatolian SeljuksDecember 30, 2020
The ceramic tile art of the Anatolian Seljuks dazzled with its mystical turquoise hues, fantastical creatures, and figural depictions. So, who were the Anatolian Seljuks and what inspired them to create such wildly, imaginative ceramic tiles?...
The Colors of the Earth and Beyond: Artist İnterview with Ulrike ArnoldDecember 17, 2020
Ulrike Arnold (b. 1950) is a contemporary German artist working with earth pigments that she gathers by hand. For the last forty years, she has traveled to all seven continents and collected earth pigments while working...
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