Stories By Maya Tola
The Beauty of Folding Screens: Namban Byōbu of JapanAugust 23, 2021
Masterfully crafted into hinged leaves and enclosed within a lacquer frame, the Japanese Namban folding screens or the Namban byōbu contain a fascinating visual record of the arrival of Portuguese ships at the island of Kyushu...
Drama on Canvas – Dramatic Scenes in PaintingAugust 12, 2021
Although performing arts may be the popular avenue to convey drama, visual arts are also a powerful medium for the subject matter. Visual artists have explored many exhilarating and morbid themes to convey drama on canvas....
Great Artists’ Dachshund MusesAugust 10, 2021
Did you know that some of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers have been dachshund owners? This extensive list of elite creatives includes Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Kelsey Grammar, Leonard Nimoy, Marylin Monroe, Marlin Brando,...
Most Beautiful Royal Weddings in History — Commissions by Queen VictoriaJune 25, 2021
Alexandrina Victoria ascended to the throne at the young age of 18 and reigned as Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and Ireland, and Empress of India for about 63 years. She was the...
The Most Important Day! Wedding Inspiration in ArtJune 9, 2021
Weddings have provided many skilled artists an avenue to flaunt their talents by portraying the complexities and intricacies of this age-old tradition. Though wedding traditions differ from region to region and between social classes, the air of...
Art of Opulence: Paintings of Exquisite InteriorsMay 3, 2021
The notion of painting natural landscapes has been prevalent since ancient times. It is an obvious choice, of course. What can compare with the beauty of nature? The inverse concept of depicting interior spaces, however, is a much...
Divine Beauty of Landscapes: California on CanvasApril 14, 2021
The beautiful state of California is home to some of the most geographically diverse topography. This makes for the most breath-taking vistas. It has immaculate beaches of the coastline and pristine lakes. Sprawling deserts, and mountain ranges...
How to Show Music in Paintings? Best Depictions of Music in ArtMarch 29, 2021
There is an undeniable symbiosis between painting and music. The influence of one medium on the other is profoundly apparent in the works of many artists such as Wassily Kandinsky or Paul Klee. Artists have often explored...
Around the World in Spring Through PaintingsMarch 15, 2021
Spring has inspired artists from all over the world for generations. The melting away of the cold winter and burgeoning of new life in every corner hints at new beginnings and a fresh start. This spring is...
Romeo and Juliet of the East: Laila and MajnunFebruary 12, 2021
Laila and Qays are the Romeo and Juliet of the East. The tragic tale of these ill-fated lovers has been widely featured in Asian and Middle Eastern folklore. The story of their unconsummated love has been...
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