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Our Best 10 Art Articles Of 2016

Zuzanna Stańska 27 December 2016 min Read

Hi friends! Today we would like to share our 10 best articles of the year. We've launched this blog this July, and to be honest, we're quite overwhelmed how many people visits us. Every day we post at least one new article, so there was a lot of to choose from. I always find it interesting to see which articles resonated most with you all (and which ones flopped), and I hope you find this list helpful too :) Enjoy!

1. The Young Pope – All 10 Paintings From The Opening Explained

[caption id="attachment_2988" align="aligncenter" width="620"]The Young Pope is a new drama television series created and directed by one of my favorite directors – Paolo Sorrentino (known for Great Beauty) for Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+. If you haven’t checked it yet, I highly recommend you to try. The young pope, Pius XIII (real name: Lenny Belardo, played by Jude Law) is an illiberal orphan who smokes like a chimney and drinks cherry Diet Coke. His mission is to restore the authority to the church. He installs the nun who raised him (Diane Keaton) as his chief of staff and proposes to boost the quasi-divine mystique of the office by rationing his appearances in the style of JD Salinger or Daft Punk. Everything takes place in Vatican (of course…), so the sets are just beautiful. There are also a lot of references to art, architecture, culture… Just watch the episodes’ opening: The Young Pope's opening[/caption] The Young Pope is a new drama television series about a newly elected Pope is created and directed by one of my favorite directors – Paolo Sorrentino (known for Great Beauty). The whole story takes place in Vatican (of course…), so the sets are just beautiful. There are also a lot of references to art, architecture, culture… Just watch the episodes’ opening.

2. Check Out These Rare and Beautiful Photos of Young Frida Kahlo By Her Father Guillermo

[caption id="attachment_2989" align="aligncenter" width="620"]f6f84b9e11bd2849659130839159ac6f-620x350 Frida Kahlo at age 12 in 1919, detail[/caption] Frida Kahlo had this luck to be a daughter of a photographer, who took her photos all her childhood. Here we present these rare photos of Frida from the age of 2 to 18 taken by him.

3. 14 Weirdest Paintings Of René Magritte 

[caption id="attachment_2990" align="aligncenter" width="620"]the-lovers-2-620x350 René Magritte, The Lovers II, 1928, Museum of Modern Art, New York[/caption] In this article we present 14 images painted by Magritte, that can be described as “weird”. While looking at them, don’t forget to have a look at the object’s title. It usually gives an additional layer of the interpretation of the painting.

4. The Pornographic World of Egon Schiele’s Nudes (18+)

[caption id="attachment_2991" align="aligncenter" width="620"]1024px-egon_schiele_-_kneeling_girl_resting_on_both_elbows_-_google_art_project-620x350 Egon Schiele, Kneeling Girl, Resting on Both Elbows, 1917, Leopold Museum[/caption] Egon Schiele’s nudes can challenge us and our preconceptions of the artistic tradition of the “nude”. He didn’t paint or draw idealised goddesses. He preferred to present female and male genitalia in full light.

5. Artemisia Gentileschi: The Rape Survivor And Her Revenge

[caption id="attachment_2992" align="aligncenter" width="620"]susanna_and_the_elders_1610_artemisia_gentileschi-620x350 Artemisia Gentileschi, Susanna and the Elders, 1610, Schönborn Collection, Pommersfelden[/caption] Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the best Italian Baroque painters. This strong woman painted plenty of paintings of strong and suffering women from both mythology and the Bible. Everything because of a tragic event from her personal life.

6. Meet Mona Lisa Twin (Shocking!)

[caption id="attachment_2993" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world. But did you know that she has a twin? Covered with multiple layers of dark and cracked varnish she hung abandoned in cavernous museum basements for ages – exactly from 1819 when Prado Museum in Madrid was founded on the base of Spanish royalty’s art collection. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) – the Prado Museum copy[/caption] Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world. But did you know that she has a twin? Covered with multiple layers of dark and cracked varnish she hung abandoned in cavernous museum basements for ages – exactly from 1819 when Prado Museum in Madrid was founded on the base of Spanish royalty’s art collection.

7. 7 Surprising Masterpieces From J. Paul Getty Museum That Will Blow Your Mind

[caption id="attachment_2994" align="aligncenter" width="620"]14073101-620x350 Edgar Degas, After the Bath, about 1895, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles[/caption] Here we wanted to share with you seven masterpieces from J. Paul Getty Museum that will blow your mind… for various reasons. You wouldn't believe what treasures they have in their collection!

8. 7 Van Gogh’s Extraordinary Paintings You’ve Probably Never Seen

[caption id="attachment_3000" align="aligncenter" width="620"]vincent_van_gogh_-_the_dance_hall_in_arles_-_google_art_project-620x350 Vincent van Gogh, The Dance Hall in Arles, 1888, Musée d’Orsay[/caption] Everyone knows Starry Night and here we want to go beyond that. These pieces are not typical for Vincent van Gogh's oeuvre and probably this is the reason why they are not that popular.

9. Respectable Women From Art History – Yes, Most Of Them Were Naked. A Short Comment To Burkinis.

[caption id="attachment_3001" align="aligncenter" width="620"]9-i-9-620x350 Titian, Venus of Urbino, 1538, Uffizi, Florence[/caption] Female body has been subject to male gaze for centuries and painting has always reflected it. In the prudent times when women couldn’t even show an ankle, painting was crammed with naked women. Male connoisseurs of art and female bodies, or rather, female bodies and art, excused their imprudent lusts saying that they admired mythological stories instead of fulfilling their secret desires.

10. The Tragic Story of Jeanne Hébuterne and Modigliani

[caption id="attachment_2987" align="aligncenter" width="608"]jeanne-608x350 Jeanne Hébuterne[/caption] Jeanne Hébuterne is best known for being a the frequent subject and common-law wife of Amedeo Modigliani. But her story with the famous artist is one of the most tragic love stories of the art world.