European Art

Alexandre Cabanel, Cleopatra, 1887, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Cleopatra by Alexandre Cabanel

Queen Cleopatra is a popular subject today – as she was in the late 19th century. Alexandre Cabanel’s Cleopatra explores a single moment of her...

James W Singer 3 March 2024

Sofonisba Anguissola, Elisabeth of Valois Holding a Portrait of Philip II Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Elisabeth of Valois by Sofonisba Anguissola

The portrait of Elisabeth of Valois by Sofonisba Anguissola depicts a beautiful young Queen of Spain. However, while the imagery is intriguing, the...

Anna Ingram 3 March 2024

Sculpture

A Visit to Anish Kapoor’s Studio

Anish Kapoor is one of the most prolific and influential sculptors of his generation. He is best known for his public installations which combine...

Zuzanna Stańska 2 March 2024

Impressionism

Jóannis Kristiansen: The Impressionist of the Land of Maybe

We all have heard about and admired impressionists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, and Berthe Morisot. Even if you are not an art...

Theresa Kohlbeck Jakobsen 29 February 2024

Expressionism

5 Expressionist Artists You Should Know

The purpose of art for a group of avant-garde individuals at the turn of the 20th century was no longer the realistic rendition of the natural world,...

Guest Profile 29 February 2024

Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait Painting the Madonna, 1556, 66 x 57 cm, Lancut Museum, Poland. ArtStor digital library. Women Artists

Sofonisba Anguissola: The Life of a Rule-Breaker Painter

During the Italian Renaissance, women artists did not have the same access to artistic education as men. Sofonisba Anguissola, however, was very...

Nina Relf 29 February 2024

Bizarre

14 Weirdest Paintings by René Magritte

I love to watch people looking at his art for the first time. René Magritte’s art became well-known for a number of witty and thought-provoking...

Zuzanna Stańska 29 February 2024

WTF Art History

5 Weird Portraits from Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, one of the foremost museums in the world, owns rich holdings comprising artworks from seven millennia –...

Zuzanna Stańska 29 February 2024

Mary Delany, Rosa Gallica, 1782 Women Artists

Mary Delany’s Flower Collages

Mary Delany was a socialite of 18th-century England. She is known for being one of the earliest members of the Bluestocking Society, but was also an...

Anna Ingram 28 February 2024

Post-Impressionism

Vincent van Gogh’s Iconic Sunflowers

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers are probably among the most famous paintings of all time. The artist loved these yellow flowers and painted them...

Anastasia Manioudaki 28 February 2024

John William Waterhouse, The Soul of the Rose, 1908. Wikimedia Commons (public domain). Detail. Art State of Mind

Viva Floralia! All Flowers in Art

The Floralia festival was celebrated in Ancient Rome in honor of the goddess Flora. Because there is nothing more beautiful than flowers and,...

Andra Patricia Ritisan 28 February 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Solar Eclipse in Venice by Ippolito Caffi

Ippolito Caffi was a gifted vedutista – painter of highly detailed cityscapes – renowned for his meticulous depictions of Venice‘s...

Maya M. Tola 27 February 2024