History

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: David by Michelangelo

The biblical figure of David, the young shepherd who defeated Goliath, was a popular subject for sculptors during the Renaissance. However, no...

Vithória Konzen Dill 8 September 2023

Asian Art

Holi: A Vibrant Celebration of Colors

Celebrated during the spring full moon, the Hindu festival of Holi is a joyous occasion that marks the arrival of Spring. This lively festival of...

Maya M. Tola 7 September 2023

Asian Art

The Decline of Mughal Arts under Aurangzeb

Muḥī al-Dīn Muḥammad was the sixth man to ascend to the Mughal throne and the last of the strong Mughal rulers. He was a notable expansionist...

Maya M. Tola 7 September 2023

Design

Famous Chairs That Changed the Way We Sit

Apparently sitting is the new smoking and it will slowly kill us all. But given our current reality, we don’t have that much choice about it. One...

Joanna Kaszubowska 4 September 2023

Nicholas Roerich, Legend, from the series Messiah. ca. 1923, Christie's. Painting

The Art and Spirituality of Nicholas Roerich

Nicholas Roerich, a prominent member of the early 20th-century art world, was distinguished by his unique artistic style and profound spiritual...

Maya M. Tola 24 August 2023

Medieval Art

Ravenna’s Byzantine Treasures: Mosaics in San Vitale

The early medieval church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, is most famous for its spectacular mosaics. In a city full of rich, Byzantine-style...

Alexandra Kiely 21 August 2023

Painting

How Artists Portrayed Spanish Civil War: Guernica and Bombardment

On April 26th, 1937 the world was shaken by the news of the destructive force that targeted Guernica – a town in the Basque Region of Spain,...

Wendy Gray 21 August 2023

Review

Book Review: Dressing Up, The Women Who Influenced French Fashion by Elizabeth L. Block

Dressing Up, The Women Who Influenced French Fashion is a 2021 book written by art historian Elizabeth L. Block. She is the Senior Editor in the...

Errika Gerakiti 17 August 2023

Fashion

Most Beautiful Dresses: Portrait of Eleanor of Toledo by Agnolo Bronzino

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 17 August 2023

Paris Salon. Alexandre Jean-Baptiste Brun, View of the Salon Carré at the Louvre, ca. 1880, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. Art History 101

Paris Salon: 101 on France’s First Public Exhibition

If you were an artist in the 19th century, you probably dreamed of having your painting in the Paris Salon. Simply put, this exhibition was the most...

Jimena Escoto 14 August 2023

Michelangelo the Creation of Adam Artist Stories

Left-Handness: Artists Who Proved It Was a Gift, Not a Curse

Are you left-handed? Don’t believe ancient stories about the devil’s hand! It would be a blessing if you’d like to become an artist, like many...

Camilla de Laurentis 11 August 2023

South American Art

Get To Know The Marajoara Culture

You have probably heard of the Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs. These civilizations are called pre-Columbian, a division that includes everything that...

Rute Ferreira 9 August 2023