Art Forms

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Little Girl in a Blue Armchair by Mary Cassatt

Mary Stevenson Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she became friends with Edgar Degas...

Zuzanna Stańska 29 December 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Young Woman Peeling Apples by Nicolaes Maes

Today’s Masterpiece Story is about this lovely genre painting by Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693), a Dutch Golden Age painter who specialized in...

Alexandra Kiely 28 December 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Two African Men by Rembrandt van Rijn

In the discourse on the Black presence in Western history, it is taken for granted that Africans in art represented solely enslaved people, and their...

Nicole Ganbold 28 December 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt painted this group portrait of seven surgeons and the physician Nicolaes Tulp in 1632. He was only 26 years old at that point. Nicolaes...

Zuzanna Stańska 28 December 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Vase with Flowers by Rachel Ruysch

Let’s discuss one of the greatest still-life artists: Rachel Ruysch. Still-life paintings do not draw the crowds at museums. They are often...

James W Singer 28 December 2022

Dance

A Meringue Ballerina: Anna Pavlova in Paintings

Anna Pavlova, a Russian ballerina, was highly independent for her times. She formed her own company and choreographed her own performances. She toured the world for twenty years and introduced ballet to other parts of the world. Pavlova was so famous that she was honored with a dessert named after her, it is called the Pavlova cake!

Anuradha Sroha 27 December 2022

History

Opera: A Brief History of the Total Work of Art

When we think of opera, art is not the first thing that comes to mind. Opera simply means “work” and it can sometimes seem over-the-top and...

Ledys Chemin 27 December 2022

Impressionism

Edgar Degas and His Most Beautiful Ballerinas

Edgar Degas was one of the founding artists of Impressionism, however, he didn’t like the term and preferred to call it “Realist” or...

Zuzanna Stańska 27 December 2022

European Art

Boxing Day with St. Stephen

According to the Catholic calendar, the second day of Christmas commemorates St. Stephen. He was a young deacon in the community of Jerusalem who...

Magda Michalska 26 December 2022

Georges de La Tour, The Fortune Teller Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Fortune Teller by Georges de La Tour

The Fortune Teller is one of Georges de La Tour’s early masterpieces. The Baroque oil painting, once questioned by the Louvre Museum for its...

Anna Ingram 26 December 2022

Art State of Mind

The Art of Wellbeing: Hygge Found in Masterpieces

In 2016, The Collins English Dictionary named “hygge” the runner-up word of the year. Since then, at least 20 books have been published on the...

Ledys Chemin 26 December 2022

Theater & Cinema

The Scenes You Might Know from Anime: Outstanding Prints of Hasui Kawase

Hasui Kawase (1883–1957) was one of Japan’s most important and prolific printmakers and artists of the late 19th and early-20th centuries. As a...

Isabella Hill 26 December 2022