Art Forms

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Kehinde Wiley, Officer of the Hussars

February is Black History Month in the United States (in the UK it is in October) so let’s celebrate with the Officer of the Hussars by Kehinde...

Joanna Kaszubowska 14 February 2022

Baroque

Peter Paul Rubens: Sensuous Gods and Dramatic Saints

Peter Paul Rubens is synonymous with Flemish Baroque. His dynamic yet sensuous style made him the most popular artist of his time, running a large...

Anastasia Manioudaki 14 February 2022

Theater & Cinema

The Most Popular Artists in Cinema

In 1911 the Italian film theoretician Ricciotto Canudo defined cinema as “the seventh art”. So it’s quite natural that from its...

Arianna Richetti 14 February 2022

Art State of Mind

Seaside Fun and Lots of Nudes: Bathing in Art

The Valentine’s Day is coming… It seems appropriate to take a small tour through romantic depictions of bathing in art and some nudes.

Wendy Gray 13 February 2022

WTF Art History

Fifty Shades of Dr. Pozzi

There he is, a handsome gynecologist in a portrait entitled Dr. Pozzi at Home painted by John Singer Sargent. Pozzi was a dandy, a gynecologist, and...

Zuzanna Stańska 13 February 2022

Ancient Greece

There Were Really Hot Guys in Ancient Greece: The Barberini Faun

Drunk, sleeping men are rarely, if ever, beautiful and sexually appealing, but this is not the case with this really sexy faun from ancient Greece.

Marta Loza 13 February 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Queen Mother Idia of Benin

Africa is a beautiful continent filled with sweeping landscapes and mighty rivers. Its history is filled with great kingdoms and large empires. Its...

James W Singer 12 February 2022

Artist Stories

Edward Tingatinga: The Founder of an African Artistic Tradition That Endures

Tingatinga is an art form specific to Tanzania. It originated in the works of a painter whose name was lent to the entire artistic movement. Edward...

Luciana Craciun 12 February 2022

Benin art African Art

Art Treasures from the African Kingdom of Benin

Today we’ll go back in time to the 1500s when the wealth of the Benin Empire (in contemporary Nigeria) was at its peak: when Europeans traded...

Magda Michalska 12 February 2022

Artist Stories

Faces of Mozambique: How Malangatana Reflected His Native Culture in Art

One of the most prominent African artists of the 20th century, Malangatana was a multitalented artist who had many dreams. He realized them with his...

Merve Parla 12 February 2022

WTF Art History

So Bad That It’s Good: 5 Worst Artworks Restorations

Artworks are a legacy of humanity and as such, they must be well preserved – and they usually are, thanks to museums and cultural institutions.

Rute Ferreira 11 February 2022

Surrealism

14 Weirdest Paintings of René Magritte

I love to watch people looking at his art for the first time. René Magritte’s art became well-known for a number of witty and...

Zuzanna Stańska 11 February 2022