History

History

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 23 November 2022

History

Exploring the History of Mexico in the Murals of The Big Three

Although most commonly associated with the works of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican muralism has actually...

Kacper Grass 23 November 2022

Review

Artists in Margaret Randall’s Life: A Personal Journey

A new book by Margaret Randall: feminist poet, photographer, and social activist, containing intimate and personal recollections of her favourite artists.

Candy Bedworth 5 November 2022

Ancient Egypt

The Bust of Nefertiti: Ancient Masterpiece or Genius Hoax?

On December 6, 1912, a team of excavators from the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft, led by Ludwig Borchardt, unearthed a wonderful work of art. They...

Montaine Dumont 14 October 2022

North American Art

Florence Griswold: Patron Saint of American Impressionism

Florence Griswold wasn’t an artist or even an art collector, but she was a key figure in American Impressionism. The New York Times even called her...

Alexandra Kiely 15 September 2022

Prehistoric Art

Sacred Signs – Prehistoric Sculpture

It seems that forming figurative shapes out of natural materials has always been with us. As humans developed, a bigger, more sophisticated brain...

Candy Bedworth 12 September 2022

Giorgio Vasari, St Luke Painting the Virgin WTF Art History

Best Gossips on Renaissance Artists by Giorgio Vasari

Known as the first art historian, Giorgio Vasari wrote the legendary book The Lives of the Artists. The book was published in 1550 and followed...

Anna Ingram 8 September 2022

Lady with an Ermine cover Review

What the Ermine Saw. The Dark History Behind Lady with an Ermine

What the Ermine Saw: The Extraordinary Journey of Leonardo da Vinci’s Most Mysterious Portrait by Eden Collinsworth (Doubleday, May 24, 2022)...

Alexandra Kiely 6 September 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Leonidas at Thermopylae by Jacques-Louis David

Whether you are within an academic environment or at a coffee shop, when the term “Neoclassicism” and its huge influence on the visual arts...

Erol Degirmenci 30 August 2022

Ancient Art

The Tang Shipwreck – Southeast Asia’s Maritime Heritage

Discovered near the Belitung Island in Indonesia, the Tang Shipwreck is a momentous archeological discovery of recent times that provides significant...

Maya M. Tola 26 August 2022

Installation Shelter by Nikita Kadan Contemporary Art

Between Revolution and War: Ukrainian Contemporary Political Art

The 2013 Revolution in Ukraine and the following traumatic events played a crucial role in the development of the country’s contemporary art.

Diana Sadretdinova 24 August 2022

Architecture

Aesthetics of Totalitarian States’ Architecture

People include the architecture of 20th century dictatorships in the category of totalitarian art. Totalitarian architecture invokes a feeling of...

Diana Sadretdinova 22 August 2022