European Art

Renaissance

Remember Me: Seven Intriguing Renaissance Portraits

The most important function of portraits is to preserve the memory of the sitter. The desire for being remembered is a natural human trait that is...

Nicole Ganbold 21 October 2022

History

The Story of Raphael’s Lost Portrait of a Young Man

Have you seen this painting? It is currently missing; in fact, it has been missing since 1945. Let’s explore the story of one of the most important...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 October 2022

European Art

Queen Elizabeth I – Portraits of the Last Tudor

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was the only surviving child of King Henry VIII of England and his second wife Anne Boleyn. Being a girl was hard...

Sarah Mills 21 October 2022

Artist Stories

8 Things Everyone Should Know About Joaquín Sorolla

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was a Spanish painter whose style was a variant of Impressionism. His best works, painted in the open air, vividly portray...

Zuzanna Stańska 20 October 2022

egidio constantini Design

The Angels’ Forge: Marrying Glass with Modern Art

This is a story of an Italian man, Egidio Costantini, who was a radiotelegraph operator, a bank cashier, and a manual laborer extracting oils from...

Magda Michalska 20 October 2022

Design

The Charm of Colorful and Shiny Italian Maiolica Ceramic Wares

Maiolica ceramic wares are exquisitely decorated and vibrantly colored handmade artworks made popular during the Italian Renaissance. Their timeless...

Marga Patterson 20 October 2022

Baroque

Beautiful Chinese Porcelain in Dutch Still Lifes

Chinese culture has always been an object of European fascination – in art history, we see it in paintings, ornaments, architecture, fashion, and...

Nicole Ganbold 20 October 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels by Jean Fouquet

One look at the 15th-century masterpiece, and you may think it is actually a modern creation. Pops of deep blue and red cherubs form the background...

Rachel Witte 19 October 2022

Women Artists

Maria Prymachenko⁠ — Folk Pacifist from Ukraine

Have you heard of Maria Prymachenko? She was an internationally acclaimed naïve artist who drew from traditional Ukrainian folk art. What...

Zuzanna Stańska 18 October 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Football Players by Henri Rousseau

Welcome to the bizarre world of Henri Rousseau (1844–1910), the quintessential naïve artist, and meet his masterpiece depicting oneiric, striped...

Anastasia Manioudaki 18 October 2022

Gerhard Richter, Betty Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Betty by Gerhard Richter

An unconventional portrait where the sitter looks away. The striking colors and flawless technique. A photo or a painting? Let’s dive into the...

Natalia Tiberio 17 October 2022

Women Artists

Hilma af Klint: Pioneer of Abstract Art

Who invented abstract art? The advent of abstraction has historically been attributed to male artists. However, Hilma af Klint, a Swedish painter and...

Emily Snow 15 October 2022