Renaissance

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Giorgione, The Tempest

Giorgione and his masterpiece The Tempest form the rare combination of a mysterious artist and a mysterious painting. This small canvas has puzzled...

Anastasia Manioudaki 30 May 2021

Artist Stories

Everything You Must Know About Giorgione (Even Though You Don’t Know Yet Who He Was)

Giorgione was an Italian painter from Venice whose career was cut off by his death at a little over 30. And that is a problem – everyone knows...

Zuzanna Stańska 26 May 2021

The Mystery Of Dürer’s Magic Square

Many weird things appear in Albrecht Dürer’s famous engraving Melencolia. Among them is a magic constant 34 square, a well-known and enigmatic...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 May 2021

Mannerism

Queen Elizabeth I – Portraits of the Last Tudor Rose

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was the only surviving child of King Henry VIII of England and his second wife Anne Boleyn. Being a girl was hard...

Sarah Mills 7 May 2021

Six Wives Of Henry VIII in Portraits

Henry VIII was the King of England who is best known for having six wives and, in particular, killing some of them. He was also famous for doing...

Zuzanna Stańska 4 May 2021

Renaissance

The Marriage of the Virgin: A Comparison Between Raphael and Perugino

We remember Raphael for his art’s grace, balance, and harmony, which made him one of the great masters of the High Renaissance. His work gave...

Arianna Richetti 29 April 2021

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 21 April 2021

Art Forms

The Charm of Colorful and Shiny Italian Maiolica Ceramic Wares

Maiolica ceramic wares are exquisitely decorated and vibrantly colored handmade artworks made popular during the Italian Renaissance. Their timeless...

Marga Patterson 20 April 2021

Art History 101

10 Things You Should Know About Titian

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio, 1490–1576) was an Italian painter active in Venice in the 16th century. He is considered the greatest painter in the...

Anastasia Manioudaki 19 April 2021

Long Read

700th Anniversary of Dante’s Death in 15 Great Artworks

Hardly any author has been such a rich source of literary inspiration for the visual arts as Dante Alighieri. His two major works, the La Vita Nuova...

Caroline Galambosova 13 April 2021

Renaissance

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 10 April 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors

The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger is one of those paintings that we know so well we tend to forget to look closer. It’s like the Mona...

Joanna Kaszubowska 4 April 2021