Stories By Soledad Castillo Jara
Genres Explained: Still Life in PaintingAugust 11, 2021
Let’s explore the history of still life through a selection of 10 paintings corresponding to two key moments: the 17th century in the Netherlands, and the 19th century in France. Dutch and Flemish artists painted still...
Dark Shadows of Seville in Murillo’s PaintingsMay 1, 2021
Apart from fulfilling commissions for churches and noblemen’s mansions, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo painted genre scenes depicting poor children in their daily tasks. Those paintings, mostly acquired by a foreign clientele, reflect the bitter reality of poverty...
The Caganer: A Christmas TraditionDecember 22, 2020
As Christmas approaches, many of us are probably decorating our homes for the holidays. Even though this year we might not be able to gather with our loved ones, the decoration of our home will hopefully...
Spanish Bodegones of the 17th CenturyJune 13, 2020
Looking at a painting and getting hungry? It might be a bodegón! Here we define the genre of Spanish bodegones in the context of 17th century European painting and acknowledge its ties to Italian and Dutch...
Donatello’s Mary Magdalene: Penitence and SalvationMay 5, 2020
Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, better known as Donatello, was a sculptor born around 1386 in Florence, which is also the city in which he died in 1466. His work evidences the shift towards naturalism...
Portrait of Sofonisba Anguissola by Anthony Van DyckApril 26, 2020
Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish painter who was born in Antwerp (Spanish Netherlands, now Belgium) in 1599 and passed away in London in 1641. From 1621 to 1627, he stayed in Italy, where he was...
Painting of the Week: Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl EarringMarch 29, 2020
The Girl with a Pearl Earring is usually the first image that comes to mind when we think of Johannes Vermeer. It has inspired multiple references in literature, cinema, and popular culture. Perhaps many of you...
Art History 101
10 Things You Should Know About Peter Paul RubensMarch 7, 2020
Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish artist. Considered one of the greatest exponents of the Baroque, he is best known for his mythological, allegorical and religious paintings. He was born in Siegen (Holy Roman Empire, now...
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