The Pantocrator Christ DepictionsJune 2, 2020
When the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek, the word Almighty was rendered as Pantocrator, from the Greek words pas (all) and kratos (might, power). The Pantocrator Christ is one of the most recognized depictions of Jesus, and...
Five Translation Mistakes that Changed Art HistoryMay 14, 2020
Why did Michelangelo portray Moses with horns? Why are there monkeys in Giulio Romano’s Chamber of Giants? And why does the Nativity scene represent Jesus with an ox and a donkey? Well, these amongst others are all mistakes...
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...
Notre-Dame de Paris – One Year LaterApril 15, 2020
On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as fire swept through the famous cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. For several heartbreaking hours, it seemed likely that this beloved church would be destroyed. In the end, the...
The Unicorn Tapestries – Allegory of Christ, or a Happy Husband?April 9, 2020
The Unicorn Tapestries are a set of medieval tapestries depicting the hunt for a unicorn. They’re probably the most famous tapestries ever, and they’re definitely among the most famous medieval artworks. The Unicorn Tapestries include seven large panels....
His Majesty Jan Van Eyck and the Optical Revolution – ReviewMarch 26, 2020
Art history has its superstars: Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt. But with the recent $2.4 million, multiyear restoration of panels of one of the world’s most desirable masterpieces, the Ghent Altarpiece and the opening of...
Isenheim Altarpiece: A Crucifixion Like No OtherNovember 1, 2019
There are real and fictional characters anchored in our collective unconscious. Their recurring presence in art history illustrates more than just our fascinations, fashions, or concerns. Studying them also provides an understanding of past and present societies—their problems,...
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