History

Art of Australia & Oceania

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Looted in Australia

At the end of the 18th century, the British empire added Australia to its territory. Since the famous arrival of Captain Cook white people have...

Jimena Escoto 27 May 2022

History

Enslaved Black Models in European Art: Anonymous Objects?

Portraits of Black people are rare in European art history. Let’s be clear: they were there, in society, but they rarely made it into art, except...

Candy Bedworth 27 May 2022

History

The International Dispute over Montezuma’s Headdress

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

Magda Michalska 27 May 2022

Painting

Jean-Baptiste Belley: Portrait of a Black French Deputy

Although representations of Black people were overlooked for a long time, current social and political movements participate to reanimate the...

Amélie Pascutto 27 May 2022

African Art

Colonial Looting of African Art: A Century in Exile

Have you ever wondered how European modern artists were inspired by African art? They certainly didn’t travel to the continent. The answer is...

Jimena Escoto 27 May 2022

Fashion

Most Beautiful Dresses: Portrait of Eleanor of Toledo

The best-known image of Eleanor of Toledo is also one of the most beautiful dresses in art history. Don’t be too distracted by the beauty of the...

Vithória Konzen Dill 24 May 2022

Art History 101

The Art of Botanical Illustration

We are finally in the midst of Spring. It’s that time of year when people are out planting flowers or otherwise tending to their gardens. While...

Rachel Witte 19 May 2022

Mermaids, Evelyn de Morgan, The Sea Maidens, 1885 Art History 101

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 18 May 2022

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 12 May 2022

History

Biggest Art Heists in History

Movies on thefts and art heists are making huge box office hits for their great action and wit. However, even if real art heists have been sometimes...

Irina Diana Calu 9 May 2022

Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Henry VIII of England, ca. 1537, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain.  History

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...

Abreeza Thomas 7 May 2022

South American Art

When in Mexico: Mysterious and Beautiful Flower Crowned Nun Portraits

Gambol into the lobby of most Mexican hotels, or visit any antique store in Mexico, and you’re bound to find a portrait of an 18th or 19th-century...

Guest Profile 6 May 2022