Baroque

Art History 101

Women’s Place Is In The Kitchen: The Story of Dutch Genre Painting

One of the unquestionable masters of Dutch genre painting was Jan Vermeer. However, today I want to present two less known painters: Peter de Hooch...

Magda Michalska 11 January 2018

Baroque

Three 16th-Century Dutchmen You Should Know

How many painters from the Netherlands do you know? Rembrandt, Bosch, Vermeer… But have you heard of Joachim Patinir, Jan Gossaer,...

Magda Michalska 29 December 2017

Baroque

Was Nicolas Poussin a Baroque Artist?

Nicolas Poussin is often considered a representative of French Baroque, as he worked in the first half of the 1600s. Yet, his paintings are so...

Magda Michalska 16 November 2017

Art History 101

Annibale Carracci: The Inventor of Baroque Painting?

When did Mannierism give way to a new style? Was it with Caravaggio‘s dramatic lighting, or Rubens‘s opulence? Can we distinguish a...

Magda Michalska 27 September 2017

Baroque

Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

This is a typical Vermeer – an ideal woman in an ideal home. In fact, everything around is ideal. Balanced shapes and colors (mainly the...

Zuzanna Stańska 10 September 2017

Baroque

Painting Of The Week: Caravaggio, Saint John the Baptist

It’s Sunday and it’s time for some classics. This masterpiece is one of only a few original works by Caravaggio in American collections.

Zuzanna Stańska 30 July 2017

Baroque

Reflecting the Invisible or Distorting the Visible: Mirrors in Art

People have always been fascinated with their reflections. In the visual art the mirror has been interpreted as an instrument to show admiration or...

Alina Manevskaya 19 July 2017

Baroque

Rembrandt Self-Portrait With Curly Hair

Do you know which European museum has one of the most interesting collections of Rembrandt van Rijn’s etchings? It’s Rembrandt House...

Zuzanna Stańska 1 April 2017

Baroque

The Art of Story Telling: The Abduction of the Sabine Women

If, as is popularly believed, there are only seven plot types in storytelling it is not surprising to find artists inspired by the same narrative at...

Wendy Gray 23 February 2017

Artist Stories

Han van Meegeren: Vermeer’s Forger And His Fakes

Who wouldn’t love to discover an unknown original painting by Johannes Vermeer? It must be a blissful moment to find an untouched and...

Magda Michalska 2 September 2016

Artist Stories

Rembrandt And His Saddest Love Story

You know Rembrandt and his portraits in hats. You know his biblical scenes and his views of Amsterdam. You could recognize his style from afar. But...

Magda Michalska 21 August 2016

Baroque

The Deadly Sarmatians and their coffin portraits (seriously creepy!)

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Magda Michalska 27 June 2016