Marga Patterson

Author

Artist and Writer. Marga is fascinated and inspired by the ancient world, art history and archaeology. You can find more of her work here: www.margapatterson.com

Articles by Marga

Art History 101

Centaurs in Art: Duality Throughout the Ages

Centaurs are human-horse hybrid creatures composed of dualities: human and nature, chaos and neutrality, love and violence. From ancient Greece to...

Marga Patterson 18 May 2022

Interview

The Colors of the Earth and Beyond: Artist Interview with Ulrike Arnold

Ulrike Arnold (b. 1950) is a contemporary German artist working with earth pigments that she gathers by hand. For the last 40 years, she has traveled...

Marga Patterson 22 April 2022

Design

The Artistic Totality of Portuguese Azulejos

Azulejos are a major part of Portuguese history and cultural heritage. These hand-crafted tiles have created such a dynamic presence over the...

Marga Patterson 14 April 2022

Art State of Mind

Art in the Golden Hour

The golden hour is a brief and awe inspiring moment filled with the most radiant light, intense colors, and deep shadows. For centuries artists have...

Marga Patterson 7 April 2022

Theater & Cinema

The Magic and Splendor of Karagöz – Turkish Shadow Puppets

Evoking the imagination of adults and children for centuries, Karagöz (“black eye” in Turkish) is a popular and beloved Turkish shadow...

Marga Patterson 6 April 2022

Ancient Art

Living Memories: The Funerary Stelae of Ancient Cyprus

The majority of sculpture that survives from ancient Cyprus are funerary stelae, elaborate grave markers to commemorate the dead. Possessing an...

Marga Patterson 14 March 2022

Ancient Art

A Luxurious Desire: Ancient Near Eastern Ivory Carvings

The allure of ivory, a lustrous material that when polished gleams and glows, exuding warmth and mysterious beauty. Near Eastern ivory carvings are...

Marga Patterson 14 March 2022

Parthian female Statuettes Ancient Art

Mysterious Female Nude Statuettes of the Parthian Empire

Several female nude statuettes have been unearthed from the subterranean landscape of ancient Iraq. Rendered in the Greco-Babylonian style, these...

Marga Patterson 14 March 2022

Women Artists

Valentine Schlegel: Sculptor of Organic Abstraction

Sculptor, ceramist, artist, teacher. Valentine Schlegel was a headstrong individual with fervent, creative independence who carved out her own path...

Marga Patterson 10 March 2022

Jenna Ransom Interview

Abstract Visions and Rhythmic Feels: Interview with Painter Jenna Ransom

Jenna Ransom is a contemporary painter whose work is guided by intuition and imagination. Abstract visions of lively, ambiguous shapes and familiar...

Marga Patterson 21 February 2022