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Women Artists

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Five Female Painters to Know

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an all-male artistic fraction active during the second half of the 19th century, has become synonymous today with...

Anastasia Tsaleza 4 December 2023

John Everett Millais, Mariana, 1851, Tate Britain, London, UK. Literature

Literature in the Pre-Raphaelite Paintings

From its very inception, subjects taken from the literature were a staple for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Shakespeare, Keats, and Tennyson were...

Anastasia Manioudaki 4 December 2023

Art History 101

10 Things You Should Know About the Pre-Raphaelites

Just about all of us have a tiny inkling about Impressionism, the Renaissance, maybe even Expressionism, and what makes each movement different from...

Abreeza Thomas 4 December 2023

Mermaids, Evelyn de Morgan, The Sea Maidens, 1885 History

Siren Song: History of Mermaids in Art

Benevolent or deadly? There are so many depictions of this mythical creature. Let's explore how mermaids have been portrayed in art.

Candy Bedworth 1 December 2023

Men praying by turbulent waters in a torrential downpour. Asian Art

Rain in Japanese Art

Although Japanese weather varies greatly across the archipelago, the abundance of rain throughout the year remains a common phenomenon across Japan.

Maya M. Tola 29 November 2023

Art State of Mind

The Art of Wellbeing: Hygge Found in Masterpieces

In 2016, The Collins English Dictionary named “hygge” the runner-up word of the year. Since then, at least 20 books have been published on the...

Ledys Chemin 28 November 2023

Art Travels

Traveling Artists in Mexico: The First Generation

The 19th century was a tumultuous time for Mexico, to say the least. In 1821, it achieved its independence. However, the war devastated the country...

Jimena Escoto 27 November 2023

Symbolism

Mythological Femmes Fatales in Mysterious Symbolist Paintings

Symbolism developed in the 19th century. It began as a literary movement but quickly moved into other art forms. Symbolist painters rejected the...

Anastasia Manioudaki 20 November 2023

Women Artists

Joan Eardley: Scottish Passion for People and Places

Her career lasted barely 20 years but Joan Eardley (1921–1963) left behind a huge cache of monumental seascapes and poignant portraits which are...

Candy Bedworth 20 November 2023

Masterpiece Stories

Pieter Bruegel’s Children’s Games Explained

Children’s Games is one of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s most famous paintings. Just like in other works of his, it is debatable whether it was just...

Irina Diana Calu 20 November 2023

Art History 101

Japonisme: Western Fever for Japanese Art and Culture

During the mid-19th and 20th centuries, Western art saw the birth of Japonisme. The term was coined by Philippe Burty in 1872 and refers to the craze...

Jimena Escoto 18 November 2023

Design

Tōkyō Thrift – Japonisme and the Japanese Bauhaus

The historical narrative of Modernism is overwhelmingly western. However, the history of the movement is, in reality, one of constant diffusion...

Geoffrey Bunting 18 November 2023