Renaissance

Erotica

Real Gray’s Anatomy. Medical Illustration from an Artistic Genre to a Profession

Since the beginning of human history, drawing and creating diagrams have been essential. They were the easiest and most useful form of...

Camilla de Laurentis 12 September 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Leonardo da Vinci, The Lady with an Ermine

One of the greatest masterpieces of Western art, The Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci, presents Cecilia Gallerani (ca. 1473–1536). Young,...

Zuzanna Stańska 23 August 2020

Art History 101

All You Need to Know About The Last Judgement by Michelangelo

There is a lot happening in this Sistine Chapel altar-wall fresco. Narratives within other narratives that contain enough imagery to last scholars a...

Rachel Witte 17 August 2020

Royal Portraits: The Art of Image

Shakespeare once wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." For monarchs throughout history, the...

Abreeza Thomas 16 August 2020

Renaissance

The Fantasy World of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Portraits

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was the King of Mannerism. If you see a human portrait made of plants, vegetables, books, animals and generally speaking, stuff -...

Zuzanna Stańska 15 August 2020

Art History 101

Art History 101: Twelve Portraits You Should Know

Let us embark on a journey through the course of art history with twelve significant portraits everybody should definitely know! The human need to...

Anastasia Manioudaki 10 August 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Józef Simmler, The Death of Barbara Radziwiłł

The National Museum in Warsaw is one of the largest museums in Poland and boasts an extensive art collection. Among its body of works is The Death of...

James W Singer 2 August 2020

Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo, the Warrior Pope and God’s Bottom

No, I am not indulging in casual profanity, in this painting we are actually looking at God's bare bottom and it graces the ceiling of the Sistine...

Guest Profile 15 July 2020

Art History 101

What is a Wunderkammer? Best Cabinets of Curiosities

The characteristic of arousing surprise for the observer is typical for the so-called Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosities. These are real rooms of...

Caroline Galambosova 6 July 2020

WTF Art History

Five Translation Mistakes that Changed Art History

Why did Michelangelo portray Moses with horns? Why are there monkeys in Giulio Romano's Chamber of Giants? And why does the Nativity scene represent...

Arianna Richetti 14 May 2020

Women Artists

Sofonisba: The Life of a Rule-Breaker Painter

During the Italian Renaissance, women artists were not allowed the same access to artistic education as men. Sofonisba Anguissola, however, used her...

Nina Relf 6 May 2020

Renaissance

Donatello’s Mary Magdalene: Penitence and Salvation

Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, better known as Donatello, was a sculptor born around 1386 in Florence, which is also the city in which he died in...

Soledad Castillo Jara 5 May 2020