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  • The Intriguing Tale of Shocking Sheela Na Gig and Its Art References

    By May 29, 2020

    Everyone remembers their first sighting of a Sheela Na Gig. Wandering around an old church, breathing in the architecture, the history, the silence. And then – that looks like, oh, yes, it is – a naked woman, exposing...

  • Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire, Destruction, 1846, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, United States Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire, Destruction, 1846, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, United States

    Painting the Fall of the Roman Empire

    By May 29, 2020

    After many centuries, we are still wondering why the Roman Empire disappeared. There are many theories that try to explain it: wars, ideological problems, a chaotic political system caused by the enormous expansion of the empire, the climate,...

  • Art Travels: The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

    By May 12, 2020

    Hatshepsut (1479-1458 B.C.E.) was the fifth pharaoh of Egypt’s Eighteenth Dynasty and arguably the most important amongst ancient Egypt’s many female rulers. Her 20-year-long reign was an era of peace and prosperity. The kingdom thrived under a flourishing economy, a...

  • Gradiva: What Did Freud and the Surrealists See in Her?

    By April 27, 2020

    A woman who walks. That’s what Gradiva (the name of an anonymous woman from an antique bas-relief) means, as given by a fictional character from a novella by Wilhelm Jensen. In other words, it’s an invented name for...

  • Roman Holidays: Italian Landscapes Through the Eyes of Russian Artists

    By April 23, 2020

    It is well known that Italy is a motherland of world masterpieces. Renaissance paintings, baroque architecture and Italian opera are the children of Italy. From the first decades of the 18th-century, the Russian emperor, Peter the Great, sent...

  • A Great Mystery: Sanxingdui Masks

    By April 1, 2020

    Who doesn’t love a mystery? Especially an art history mystery. Made by a previously unknown Chinese kingdom, the 3,000 year old bronze Sanxingdui masks are shrouded in many unanswered questions and continue to intrigue and puzzle decades after...

  • Nefertiti as a Beauty Icon

    By March 26, 2020

    Nefertiti is a beauty icon and one of the most powerful women who inspires us throughout centuries. Responding to the rhythms of the age, she seized the opportunities of her time. But Nefertiti also left us with many...

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