Renaissance

Women Artists

The Surprising Career of Lavinia Fontana: Painter of Popes, Nudes, and Noblewomen

There weren’t many women who became successful artists in Renaissance Europe. However, there were probably more than most people think, and we try...

Alexandra Kiely 18 June 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Isenheim Altarpiece – Polyptych About Pain and Passion

Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald is a polyptych about pain and passion. It’s a complex piece consisting of several parts and...

Magda Michalska 16 June 2022

Renaissance

Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries

While today, tapestries are seemingly minor works of art, during the Renaissance, nothing was declared more spectacular than a set of tapestries...

Anna Ingram 14 June 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels by Jean Fouquet

One look at the 15th century masterpiece, and you may think it is actually a modern creation. Pops of deep blue and red cherubs form the background...

Rachel Witte 14 June 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Portrait of Gabrielle d’Estrées and One of Her Sisters

To a 21st century viewer, the portrait of Gabrielle d’Estrées might seem homo-erotic. However, pictured with her sister, the Duchess of Villars,...

Anna Ingram 14 June 2022

leonardo da vinci Renaissance

11 Things You Might Not Know About Leonardo da Vinci

You may think you know everything about the genius of the Renaissance. But there are a few unknown facts about Leonardo da Vinci’s life that...

Zuzanna Stańska 9 June 2022

Artist Stories

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti, a painter, sculptor, and architect was born in Caprese, Italy on March 6, 1475. He is one of those geniuses whose biography...

Zuzanna Stańska 9 June 2022

Erotica

Celebrating the Male Body in Renaissance Florence

The adoration of the male body was an inspiration for many artists and there is no medium better suited to presenting the full beauty and complexity...

Joanna Kaszubowska 9 June 2022

Renaissance

Power, Victory and Death: Titian’s Art in Venice

Titian was the most famous painter of the Venetian Renaissance. Even during his lifetime the artist had been acclaimed as the greatest painter of his...

Alina Manevskaya 16 May 2022

Renaissance

Mona Lisa’s Illnesses

Everyone has heard about the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece at the Louvre in Paris. But you have probably never heard about… her...

Camilla de Laurentis 12 May 2022

Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait (detail), 1434, The National Gallery, London, England. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck

The Arnolfini Portrait is as enigmatic as it is iconic. Painted by Jan van Eyck in 1434, it spawns a lot of speculation – over half a millennium...

Vithória Konzen Dill 7 May 2022

Renaissance

Who Are the Women in Leonardo da Vinci’s Paintings?

The life and work of Leonardo da Vinci have been dissected and analyzed in detail by the sharp eye of art critics and historians. Yet, the biography...

Maria Frazzoni 7 May 2022