Art Forms

Literature

John Ruskin: Painter, Prophet, Pervert. ‘Unto This Last’ by Rebecca Lipkin

We review the novel Unto This Last by Rebecca Lipkin and investigate the myth behind the great John Ruskin. Which Ruskin camp do you fall into? Are...

Candy Bedworth 3 December 2020

Painting

Art Advent Calendar of Nativities

Today December starts and that means it is the countdown until Christmas Day. To celebrate, here is an art advent calendar of nativity scenes,...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 1 December 2020

Theater & Cinema

Maya Deren: Experimental Filmmaker and Voodoo Priestess

Maya Deren (1917-1961) was an experimental filmmaker hailed as a leading pioneer of avant-garde cinema. She was also a writer, poet, photographer,...

Marga Patterson 30 November 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: James Barry, King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia

King Lear by William Shakespeare is a great tragedy that centers around ideas such as loyalty, familial bonds, and remorse. The painter of this work,...

Merve Parla 29 November 2020

Art History 101

All the Prodigal Sons in Art

A quick internet search for “the Prodigal Son in art” yields some 13,000,000 results! What makes this 2,000-year-old story so compelling that...

Ledys Chemin 27 November 2020

South American Art

Painting Brazil: Vistas of João Batista da Costa

This collection of paintings in idyllic settings is the legacy of artist and illustrator João Batista da Costa. Batista da Costa was active in the...

Maya M. Tola 24 November 2020

Fashion

Wearing the Message: Changing the World One Outfit at a Time

From the original silk banners worn by the Suffragettes, through to slogan T-shirts, we often quite literally wear our protest message. This...

Candy Bedworth 24 November 2020

Photography

Andrés Marti: Every Experience Generates Roots

According to Goethe, melancholy is a sense of sadness whose causes are unknown. Its symptoms are the only thing you are aware of, that’s why you...

Guest Profile 23 November 2020

Ancient Greece

Six Ancient Greek Sculptures Everyone Should Know

Greek sculptures have had a profound effect on art throughout the ages. Many of the styles have been reproduced and copied by some of what the modern...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 November 2020

Ancient Art

The Lifelike Death Fayum Portraits of Roman Egypt

Though they are often referred to as “Fayum portraits” – taking their title from the location of a region in Egypt where Pharaoh...

Anthony de Feo 21 November 2020

Love Story

Story of Pygmalion and Galatea by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

The story of Pygmalion and Galatea is an enchanting myth about a Cypriot sculptor who fell in love with his own sculpture. He prays to goddess...

Bolor Jargalsaikhan 19 November 2020

Art State of Mind

The Allure of Ruins — Architectural Decay in Art

There is a haunting beauty in architectural ruins. War or the passage of time has ravaged the magnificent feats of earlier civilizations. But in...

Maya M. Tola 16 November 2020