Art Forms

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Reclining Mother and Child II by Paula Modersohn-Becker

Does any image say primal love more than this powerful painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker? It is an artwork that includes not just children but also...

Candy Bedworth 26 April 2022

Animals

The World of Animals Created by Hans Hoffmann

Hans Hoffmann was a 16th-century German painter and draftsman. He was an artist in the court of Rudolph II (the one who loved arts and was probably...

Zuzanna Stańska 25 April 2022

Carl Gustav Carus, Woman on the Balcony, 1824, oil on canvas, Galerie Neue Meister, Dresden, Germany. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Woman on the Balcony by Carl Gustav Carus

Woman on the Balcony is an intimate portrait of a person lost in thought. There is no action and no obvious story to interpret. However, its quiet...

James W Singer 25 April 2022

Animals

7 Images of Dürer’s Animals That Are Better Than Trip to a Zoo

Albrecht Dürer’s keen interest in nature was a typical manifestation of the Renaissance. Animals were not generally considered to be...

Zuzanna Stańska 25 April 2022

tenebrism: Gerard van Honthorst, The Procuress, 1625, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Art History 101

Tenebrism 101: All You Need to Know

The Baroque movement, which characterizes much of the European art of the 17th century, is known for its dramatic flair. Gods, demigods, and saints...

Anastasia Manioudaki 24 April 2022

Art History 101

Caravaggisti: Fans, Epigons, Masters?

Caravaggio made an impact on painting even in his lifetime. This was probably because he acted in defiance of all the norms of the Catholic Church...

Magda Michalska 24 April 2022

Baroque

Francisco de Zurbarán: The Spanish Caravaggio

Francisco de Zurbarán was one of the major Spanish painters of the 17th century. He is especially known for his religious subjects and for the...

Vithória Konzen Dill 24 April 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Édouard Manet, The Railway

In 1873 when this painting was created by the Realist master Édouard Manet, the Gare Saint–Lazare was the largest and busiest train station in...

Zuzanna Stańska 23 April 2022

Asian Art

Mughal Gardens: Paradise on Earth

The Mughal regime is a well-documented era and the cultural achievements of this period are an important landmark in South Asian art history. While...

Maya M. Tola 22 April 2022

Theater & Cinema

Iconic Pieter Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow in Movies

The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder belongs to the magnificent collection of Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Discover its story...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 April 2022

Artist Stories

The Quiet Life in Interiors of Vilhelm Hammershøi

Vilhelm Hammershøi was a Danish painter, born in 1864. He is known for poetic, subdued portraits and simple interiors, always muted in tone. His...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 April 2022

European Art

Power and Propaganda – The British Royal Portraits

Royal portraiture is a centuries old tradition, but it might be called the forerunner of the posed selfie – an artfully curated image which is...

Candy Bedworth 21 April 2022