Genres Explained: Still Life in PaintingJune 8, 2020
In this article we explore the history of Still Life through a selection of ten paintings corresponding to two key moments: the 17th century in the Netherlands, and the 19th century in France. Baroque Dutch and Flemish artists...
Painting of the Week: Caravaggio, Amor Vincit OmniaJune 7, 2020
This young Cupid, recklessly painted by Caravaggio, follows Virgil’s saying amor vincit omnia (love conquers all). He triumphs over science, art, fame, and power, the symbols of which are strewn at his feet: musical instruments, laurel wreath, and...
What Is a Tronie? Famous Examples of Tronies in Dutch and Flemish BaroqueMay 30, 2020
The Dutch and Flemish Baroque of the 17th century is mostly known through the works of Rembrandt in the Dutch Republic and Rubens in Flanders. However, during this period, genre painting, the painting of everyday life, flourished as...
Portrait of Sofonisba Anguissola by Anthony Van DyckApril 26, 2020
Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish painter who was born in Antwerp (Spanish Netherlands, now Belgium) in 1599 and passed away in London in 1641. From 1621 to 1627, he stayed in Italy, where he was employed with...
The Art of Domesticity: Art Inspired by the HomeApril 23, 2020
In times where we must spend more time at home than usual, we journey through art inspired by domestic life over the centuries. As the lockdown lifestyle continues to prevail for many of us, it is easy to...
A Tribute to Medical Services: Doctors in PaintingsApril 18, 2020
In the last weeks, we have heard a lot about doctors and healthcare workers, thinking of them as present-day heroes facing up to death. But what do they usually do in everyday life? This journey will go through...
Painting of the Week: Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl EarringMarch 29, 2020
The Girl with a Pearl Earring is usually the first image that comes to mind when we think of Johannes Vermeer. It has inspired multiple references in literature, cinema, and popular culture. Perhaps many of you remember it...
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