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Masterpiece Story: The Treachery of Images by René Magritte

As you can see, this painting depicts a pipe. Underneath it, there is a French sentence that says “This is not a pipe”. You may ask, what...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 November 2023

Abstract Expressionism

Lucio Fontana and the Venice You Have Never Known

Even if you haven’t been to Venice, you must be quite familiar with it from millions of picturesque (or picturesque-ish) photos flooding...

Magda Michalska 20 November 2023

Juana Romani Women Artists

Juana Romani: Model, Muse, Painter

Juana Romani (née Giovanna Carolina Carlesimo) was an Italian-born French model and painter working at the turn of the 20th century. Despite...

Natalia Iacobelli 20 November 2023

Giorgione and Titian, Sleeping Venus, 1508-10, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Sleeping Venus by Giorgione and Titian

Giorgione and Titian’s Sleeping Venus is a masterpiece of the Venetian Renaissance school of painting. It explores sensual nudity through a...

James W Singer 20 November 2023

Architecture

Carlo Scarpa: The Modern Son of Venice

When you think of Venice you probably first see Piazza San Marco in your mind’s eye. Then some canals and gondolas, or maybe the other way around.

Joanna Kaszubowska 20 November 2023

Women Artists

Joan Eardley: Scottish Passion for People and Places

Her career lasted barely 20 years but Joan Eardley (1921–1963) left behind a huge cache of monumental seascapes and poignant portraits which are...

Candy Bedworth 20 November 2023

Symbolism

Mythological Femmes Fatales in Mysterious Symbolist Paintings

Symbolism developed in the 19th century. It began as a literary movement but quickly moved into other art forms. Symbolist painters rejected the...

Anastasia Manioudaki 20 November 2023

Masterpiece Stories

Pieter Bruegel’s Children’s Games Explained

Children’s Games is one of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s most famous paintings. Just like in other works of his, it is debatable whether it was just...

Irina Diana Calu 20 November 2023

Rosalba Carriera, The Allegory of Music, 1712 Bavarian National Museum, Munich, Germany. Wikimedia Commons (public domain). Rococo

Rosalba Carriera: The Accomplished Pastellist

Do you know the great Rococo portraitist Rosalba Carriera? She was one of the most famous painters of the early 18th century. Carriera became known...

Maia Heguiaphal 20 November 2023

Correggio, Jupiter and Io, 1530, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Jupiter and Io by Correggio

Jupiter and Io by Correggio is a masterpiece of the Northern Italian Renaissance. It explores sensual nudity through the lens of a Roman...

James W Singer 19 November 2023

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: An Allegory with Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino

An Allegory with Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino from the National Gallery in London is one of the most mysterious masterpieces of Mannerism. It...

Joanna Kaszubowska 19 November 2023

William Adolphe Bouguereau, Birth of Venus, 1879, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Birth of Venus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

The Birth of Venus is probably the most famous painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and it is considered a masterpiece of French Academic...

James W Singer 19 November 2023