European Art

michelangelo Bacchus: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Bacchus, ca. 1496-1497, Bargello National Museum, Florence, Italy. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Bacchus by Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, known as Michelangelo, is undoubtedly among the world’s most treasured artists. His connection to...

Maya M. Tola 11 February 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Princesses Monument by Johann Gottfried Schadow

An unassuming and charming statue group, The Princesses Monument (Prinzessinnen-Denkmal) or Princesses Group (Prinzessinnengruppe) made by Johann...

Nadine Waldmann 11 February 2024

Sculpture

Not All There – The Enigmatic Sculptures of Bruno Catalano

Celebrating Marseille’s designation as the European Capital of Culture in 2013, Bruno Catalano crafted 10 life-size bronze sculptures installed...

Nadine Waldmann 8 February 2024

Painting

Maiden or Boy? Androgyny and Misogyny in Symbolist Art

As the 19th century barreled towards the 20th, a profound reevaluation of established gender roles manifested in the confluence of burgeoning...

Martha Teverson 8 February 2024

History

The Fascinating World of Victorian Cards & Postcards

Who doesn’t enjoy receiving a postcard from a loved one? An alternative to sending formal letters, postcards were first introduced during the...

Ruxi Rusu 7 February 2024

A Victorian Christmas card featuring a robin in a top hat and a robin in a bonnet. The text reads: ‘Happy returns. Christmas comes but once a year.’ History

Victorian Christmas Cards: Strange or Timeless?

It’s thanks to the Victorians that the tradition of sending Christmas cards exists. The very first commercial Christmas card was sent in 1843, and...

Jenna Burns 7 February 2024

Women Artists

Art in the Mail: Wisława Szymborska’s Cut-and-Paste Postcards

Wisława Szymborska (1923-2012) was a Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet, but she was also an occasional artist. Her main medium was quirky...

Alexandra Kiely 7 February 2024

History

Republic of Austria v. Altmann – Klimt Goes to Court!

Adele Bloch-Bauer was a wealthy socialite from Austria. One day, her husband asked Gustav Klimt to paint her portrait as an anniversary gift. But...

Ruxi Rusu 6 February 2024

Artist Stories

Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge – The Everlasting Friendship

Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge were inseparable for years. Although it was never proven that there was something romantic between the two of them,...

Zuzanna Stańska 6 February 2024

Art Nouveau

Explore the Unknown World of Klimt’s Landscapes

When you think of Gustav Klimt, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you are like most people, you probably thought of his portraits. You...

Alexandra Kiely 6 February 2024

Painting

Klimt’s Unknown Portraits You Would Never Guess Were His

Some of Klimt’s portraits have already gained “iconic” status, one of them being his soaked in the gold portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Yet,...

Magda Michalska 6 February 2024

the kiss, gustav klimt Art Nouveau

Gustav Klimt in the Spotlight: Famous Masterpieces

Have you ever looked upon Gustav Klimt’s portrait of The Lady in Gold and wondered why she was so worshipped? What made the artist immortalize her...

Guest Profile 6 February 2024