Stories By Rachel Witte
The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Thomas Nast’s Santa ClausDecember 6, 2019
“Twas the night before Christmas,when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” Clement Clarke Moore Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Old St. Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Papa Noel, Weihnachtsmann. Whatever...
Inflating Art: Special Balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeNovember 28, 2019
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade holds as much tradition in America as football, turkey and stuffing itself. Over the past 9 decades, it has only grown in size and popularity. People look forward to seeing not...
Representation vs Reality: Artists Portrayed in Midnight in Paris. Part 2October 16, 2019
Once upon a time, Part 1 to this piece was written. Given that the year is coming to a close in a few short months, it seemed pertinent to continue the discussion on how Woody Allen...
Painting of the Week: Masaccio, The Tribute MoneyJune 9, 2019
There are many artists and paintings which I return to over and over again. Artists like Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Vermeer, van Eyck, Cassatt, Degas… The list goes on for what seems like forever. All of these...
Viking Art: From Ships and Swords to Ornate BroochesApril 19, 2019
Vikings and their culture have filled our lives since their days of domination. There are TV shows, sports teams; Nordic culture and mythology permeate the media with superhero characters like Thor; anime series such as Attack...
Jewelry in Ancient Greece: Hellenistic Period PiecesApril 3, 2019
When approaching art or the history related to it, certain questions arise. Such as the who what when where and significance of the object of work of art in question. I think that with jewelry, the...
Byzantine Icons. The Who, What, When, and WhereMarch 13, 2019
Byzantine icons are more of a prayer object than anything else. Though likened to idolatry, the icons mean more than what can be confined by that singular definition. Byzantine icons in the Medieval church were used...
Intersection of Coffee and Creating: Coffee Shops and Their PurposeFebruary 5, 2019
The actual art of coffee making has steadily been growing for years. We have surpassed and moved past instant coffee, on to specialty coffee shops and their frozen and blended coffee drinks, hot chocolates, and sweet recipes,...
Art History 101
The Muse Throughout Art History: Inspiration, Love, and FriendshipJanuary 26, 2019
In terms of Ancient Greek mythology, the term muse refers to nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, with each daughter having her own attribute, which reflected the desire for musical and artistic inspiration as well the...
Art State of Mind
Leaving Home as a Genre in Art: The Need to be on the MoveJanuary 12, 2019
I don’t know if it is a millennial thing, similarly being in the same age group, or because now in 2019 we have access to everyone’s lives through social media. But it seems that all of...
- Julie Manet – the Beauty of Impressionism
- The Dystopian Surrealism of Zdzislaw Beksinski
- Representation vs Reality: Artists Portrayed in Midnight in Paris. Part I
- The Gift of Pomona – Pears in Art
- Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One
- Everything You Should Know About Orientalism
- 15 Must-See Art Exhibitions in 2020
- 10 Most Scandalous Nudes in Art (NSFW)
- The Festival of Diwali Through Art
- Painting of the Week: John Singer Sargent, Madame X