Art Forms

Ancient Rome

The Portrait of Rome’s Decline: Bust of Decius

The turmoil of Rome’s decline in the 3rd century enclosed the 21-month reign of Decius. His tenure as emperor was not exceptionally short for the...

Guest Profile 4 January 2022

Ancient Rome

How to Identify a Roman Emperor by His Beard

How many times have you walked into a museum full of statues or busts and not been able to tell one ancient sculpture from another? It can be...

Lauren Dorsey 4 January 2022

Review

Fernando Botero. Beyond Forms at BAM Mons

Some artists are gateways to art and its history; creators who make an authentic and one-of-a-kind work that is referenced over and over. Fernando...

Tommy Thiange 3 January 2022

Atala. Luis Monroy Josué, Last Moments of Atala, 1871,Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico. Literature

Atala: The Tragedy that Transcended Pages

In the 19th century, Europeans went crazy for one story: Atala, or the Story of Two Lovers in the Desert. It is a novel by René de Chateaubriand...

Jimena Escoto 3 January 2022

Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, ca 1766-1833, lacquered gilt wood, Vietnam, Musée Guimet, Paris, France. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara

Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara was donated to the Musée Guimet in 1889 by French archeologist Gustave Dumoutier. It represents the blissful blending of...

James W Singer 3 January 2022

Literature

When Literature Meets Painting…

Have you ever been so in love with a scene from a book that it made you think (perhaps out loud): “Well that would make a perfect painting”?...

Yahya Bensouda 3 January 2022

Literature

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Spoiler Alert!)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a perfect example of where art and literature intertwine. The novel is based around the story of an...

Nina Relf 3 January 2022

Long Read

The Fascinating Ceramic Tile Art of the Anatolian Seljuks

The ceramic tile art of the Anatolian Seljuks dazzled with its mystical turquoise hues, fantastical creatures, and figural depictions. So, who were...

Marga Patterson 3 January 2022

Long Read

Abstract Expressionism 101: Everything You Need to Know

Abstract Expressionism is an art movement that emerged in the USA in the 1940s and 1950s. Some of its most prominent artists are Jackson Pollock,...

Errika Gerakiti 3 January 2022

Academic Art

The American Artist Who Loved Everything British: Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare Paintings

Painter and illustrator Austin Abbey was born in America, but he loved all things British, particularly the works of William Shakespeare. He...

Alexandra Kiely 3 January 2022

Dance

Long Live Bauhaus: The Triadic Ballet

Bauhaus is widely known for their iconic design and contributions to the art world, their concepts also extended into dance. Not as well known as...

Nadine Waldmann 2 January 2022

Dance

Kyra Nijinsky: Portrait of a Dancer

Kyra Nijinsky was a Russian ballet dancer and the daughter of the famous Vaslav Nijinsky. She was painted by Oswald Birley in 1935 and we are pleased...

Klaudia Zelazowska 2 January 2022