European Art

Expressionism

The Frieze of Life by Edvard Munch

By 1902, Edvard Munch’s life had seen a pattern of chaos within his professional life, his health, and his love life. While his life had become...

Wendy Gray 8 January 2022

Women Artists

Hanna Hirsch-Pauli: Friendship Goals and Feminism in the 19th Century Stockholm

Swedish artist Hanna Hirsch-Pauli (1864-1940) is the best known for her genre scenes and portraits. She studied at the painting school of August...

Europeana 8 January 2022

Impressionism

A Journey into the Cosy Danish Painting: Skagen Painters

Situated in the northernmost point of Denmark, the small town of Skagen is a quaint place with a lot of light and great views. As a result, the town...

Merve Parla 8 January 2022

Art State of Mind

Midsummer – An Old Pagan Tradition in Scandinavian Art

The summer solstice in June is celebrated throughout several cultures. The Scandinavian culture is no exception to that. Initially tied to pagan...

Merve Parla 8 January 2022

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Self-Portrait, c. 1635, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy. Artist Stories

All You Need to Know about Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was a multifaceted artist. He is mostly known as a sculptor and architect, but he was also a painter and a city planner. He...

Vithória Konzen Dill 6 January 2022

Quiz

Epiphany Quizzed: What Do You Know?

Epiphany had been a popular subject in painting already in the Middle Ages, yet it became a topos during the Renaissance when each respected painter...

Magda Michalska 6 January 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Breakfast of Birds by Gabriele Münter

Gabriele Münter (1877-1962) was a German Expressionist painter born in Berlin and most known for her landscapes and use of color. She developed a...

Heidi Werber 5 January 2022

Artist Stories

Max Ernst and Birds: A Relationship Explained through Paintings

Max Ernst (1891–1976) was a prolific German avant-garde artist. He was a pioneer in the early 20th century movements of Dada and Surrealism and...

Anastasia Tsaleza 5 January 2022

Ancient Rome

The Portrait of Rome’s Decline: Bust of Decius

The turmoil of Rome’s decline in the 3rd century enclosed the 21-month reign of Decius. His tenure as emperor was not exceptionally short for the...

Guest Profile 4 January 2022

Ancient Rome

How to Identify a Roman Emperor by His Beard

How many times have you walked into a museum full of statues or busts and not been able to tell one ancient sculpture from another? It can be...

Lauren Dorsey 4 January 2022

Ancient Rome

Painting the Fall of the Roman Empire

After many centuries, we are still wondering why the Roman Empire disappeared. There are many theories that try to explain it: wars, ideological...

Celia Leiva Otto 4 January 2022

Literature

When Literature Meets Painting…

Have you ever been so in love with a scene from a book that it made you think (perhaps out loud): “Well that would make a perfect painting”?...

Yahya Bensouda 3 January 2022