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  • Book Review: Sofonisba, Portraits of the Soul

    By January 15, 2020

    Sofonisba, Portraits of the soul is a book by Chiara Montani about the life and work of the Italian artist Sofonisba Anguissola. Sofonisba was an artist during the Renaissance in Italy and Spain. She was the first woman...

  • Painting of the Week: John Singer Sargent, Madame X

    By January 12, 2020

    Happy Birthday, John Singer Sargent! If you were alive, you would be 164 years old! The world has changed substantially since 12 January 1856, however your legacy has stood enduringly. You are still considered the leading portrait painter...

  • Painting of the Week: Arthur Hughes, April Love

    By January 5, 2020

    Today’s Painting of the Week is April Love, 1855-1856, Arthur Hughes’ most celebrated artwork that embodies Pre-Raphaelites’ soul. Hughes and Pre-Raphaelites We consider April Love, made by Arthur Hughes (1832-1915) a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Though, the artist never actually...

  • Welcoming the Twenties with Tamara de Lempicka

    By December 31, 2019

    Today I am taking you to a New Year’s Eve party. This year, like every year, we hope that the year coming will be better. But hearing that the twenties are coming somehow the picture of the 1920s...

  • The Joy of Lucian Freud. The Self-portraits

    By December 27, 2019

    Lucian Freud (1922-2011) is regarded as the pre-eminent British figurative painter of the last sixty years. Francis Bacon, two decades older, and David Hockney, a decade younger, are his main rivals. For years I hated Freud’s paintings of...

  • Romeo and Juliet of the East: Laila and Majnun

    By December 18, 2019

    Laila and Qays are the Romeo and Juliet of the East. The tragic tale of these ill-fated lovers has been widely featured in Asian and Middle Eastern folklore. The story of their unconsummated love has been told many...

  • Dan Flavin: Art is Thought and Fluorescent Lights

    By December 17, 2019

    Dan Flavin (1993-1996) was an American artist and pioneer of Minimalism. He is famous for making sculptural objects and installations from fluorescent lights. “I like art as thought better than art as work… It’s important to me that...

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