Renaissance

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli

La Primavera, which means ‘Spring’ in Italian, is without a doubt the most famous painting of Sandro Botticelli. Its mysterious allure...

Anastasia Manioudaki 21 March 2021

Women Artists

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

There weren’t very many women able to become successful artists in Renaissance Europe. However, there were probably more than most people think,...

Alexandra Kiely 5 March 2021

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 the art critics and historians. Yet, the...

Maria Frazzoni 3 March 2021

Renaissance

Michelangelo’s Pieta: An Ode to the Sublime

The Pietà – or Virgin of Pity – is the representation of the Blessed Virgin holding her divine son on her knees. This iconic type...

Montaine Dumont 23 February 2021

Renaissance

Pieter Bruegel: Hunters in the Snow. Hidden Stories and Meanings

In the ‘Bruegel Room’ in Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, twelve paintings hang in the space. They cover the final ten year period of the life...

Wendy Gray 25 January 2021

The Image of Discord: Pisanello’s Medal of John VIII Palaiologos

Antoni di Pisanello’s most famous medal conceals a story of schism, war, and the end of an era. A small piece with a huge history. The...

Guest Profile 12 January 2021

Renaissance

10 Facts about The Last Supper by Leonardo You Should Know

The legendary 15th-century painter Leonardo da Vinci has an impressive legacy of artwork that leaves people astonished and awestruck even today. The...

Guest Profile 6 January 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Gentile da Fabriano, Adoration of the Magi

More than 2 billion people in more than 160 countries will celebrate Christmas this coming Friday. To mark this global Christian holiday, we explore...

James W Singer 20 December 2020

The International Dispute over Montezuma’s Tiara

2021 will be the year of a double anniversary for Mexicans, marking 200 years since liberation from Spanish dominion, and 500 years since the fall of...

Magda Michalska 25 November 2020

Theater & Cinema

Art in the Netflix TV Series Dark

On the 27th of June Netflix released the long-awaited third and final season of Dark. The German series, co-created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje...

Arianna Richetti 26 October 2020

The Lost Portrait of Henry VIII: Art in Service of Power

Posing proudly in front of the fascinated spectator, a monarch fixes us with his majestic gaze. Perhaps you recognized the best known portrait of...

Montaine Dumont 16 October 2020

Arcimboldo’s Allegories of the Seasons

Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s paintings of the four seasons have astonished audiences from the sixteenth century to this day. Even though, allegorical...

Anastasia Manioudaki 24 September 2020