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  • Eid Al-Fitr — Islamic Prayer in Art

    By May 23, 2020

    Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. The date is determined annually by the sighting of the moon and varies each year on the...

  • William Waterhouse’s Love for Circe

    By May 21, 2020

    Circe is one of the fascinating characters in Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Due to her complex and unconventional nature, many painters have attempted to portray her in their own unique ways throughout history. Yet, there was one...

  • Empty Paintings of Quarantine

    By May 20, 2020

    We’ve all heard of the personalities who made history during quarantine: William Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine, Isaac Newton developed calculus and his theory of gravity while in quarantine, Giovanni Boccaccio wrote The Decameron while in...

  • Vincent van Gogh, An Old Woman of Arles, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, detail Vincent van Gogh, An Old Woman of Arles, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, detail

    The Hidden Gems of the Van Gogh Museum

    By May 17, 2020

    Every museum has its share of highlights. There are those that struggle with so many that it is difficult to make a list of reasonable length. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is one such case. But today...

  • Painting of the Week: Vincent Van Gogh, Almond Blossom

    By May 17, 2020

    Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime. He was not a financially successful artist, and he was entirely dependent on his brother to monetarily support his artistic vision. However, Vincent van Gogh had a great...

  • Crowning the May Queen in Art

    By May 13, 2020

    The May Queen is the personification of springtime. Crowned with fresh flowers, she leads her people to the Maypole for fun and frolicking. A maiden represents the fruitful bounty of the coming year, at the moment that Spring...

  • When the Arts Meet: Art Inspired Album Covers

    By May 11, 2020

    If music is the soul of an album then the art on the cover must be its body. The choice of artwork for an album cover is an important one because at a glance it conveys the style...

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