History

Architecture

Red Porphyry: Symbol of Imperial Power

Red porphyry is a rare dense stone from a remote quarry in the Egyptian desert. It bears a striking red and purple hue that commanded great interest...

Maya M. Tola 12 October 2023

Set of Jewelry from the Vulci tomb, ca. 500 BCE to 401 BCE (late Archaic period), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, United States. Ancient Art

All That Glitters: The Gold Jewelry of the Etruscans

The elusive Etruscans left behind a rich legacy of gold craftsmanship that was among the most advanced in the ancient Mediterranean world. While the...

Maya M. Tola 9 October 2023

Renaissance

The Medici Dynasty. Rich Sinners or Saintly Rulers?

The Medici family was definitely one of the richest dynasties in Renaissance Italy and perhaps they were the most influential patrons of the arts in...

James Wray 2 October 2023

Women Artists

Frauhaus: Gunta Stölzl and the Women of the Bauhaus

The women of Bauhaus, attracted to the school by a lie, were marginalized by their male masters and forced into a single workshop. Under the...

Geoffrey Bunting 22 September 2023

indian partition Asian Art

Pritika Chowdhry: Evoking the History of the Indian Partition

The narrative of the Indian partition lingers in the secluded corners of memory and experience. The partition of India and Pakistan, and later...

Urvi Chheda 18 September 2023

Photograph of Vinnie Ream taken between 1866 and 1876. Source. Detail. Women Artists

Vinnie Ream: Should a Teenage Girl Sculpt Abraham Lincoln?

Vinnie Ream became the first woman to win a US government commission for a statue in 1866—at the age of 18! She created a life-sized figure of...

Kathie Manthorne 18 September 2023

Ancient Rome

How to Identify a Roman Emperor by His Beard

How many times have you walked into a museum full of statues or busts and not been able to tell one ancient sculpture from another? It can be...

Lauren Dorsey 18 September 2023

History

Guide to Colombian History and Culture by Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero once called himself “the most Colombian of Colombian artists,” as the majority of his works explore traditional themes...

Kacper Grass 15 September 2023

Prehistoric Art

All You Need to Know About the Lascaux Cave

Located in southern France, the Lascaux Cave houses some of the most famous prehistoric cave paintings, dating to approximately 15,000 BCE. The cave...

Vithória Konzen Dill 12 September 2023

Prehistoric Art

Portable Prehistoric Gods and Goddesses

Our prehistoric ancestors moved around a lot. It was a short and brutal life back then – you needed the protection and guidance of your gods and...

Candy Bedworth 12 September 2023

Prehistoric Art

Lower Pecos Rock Art: Prehistoric Painting in North America

On the Texas-Mexico border, there are treasures of prehistoric art: hundreds of painted caves and rock shelters dating as early as 2000 BCE. Filled...

Alexandra Kiely 12 September 2023

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