European Art

Literature

Christmas Carol Illustrations by Arthur Rackham

Have a nostalgic look at Arthur Rackham’s illustrations of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in the British Library edition from 1915. Arthur...

Magda Michalska 22 December 2023

Painting

The Best Time of the Year: Christmas in Art

To many of us, the Christian religious and cultural celebration called Christmas is surely one of our favorite times of the year. Burl Ives famously...

Pola Otterstein 22 December 2023

European Art

The Idyllic Winters in Croatian Naïve Art

Croatian naïve art is a specific style that originated in a small rural municipality called Hlebine. It began simply as an appreciation for the work...

Marija Canjuga 22 December 2023

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Peasant Wedding, 1567 Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Peasant Wedding by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Kunsthistorisches Museum (the Museum of Art History) is located in Vienna, Austria. It is the largest art gallery in the country, housing the...

Anastasia Manioudaki 22 December 2023

Claude Monet, Magpie, 1868-69, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Magpie by Claude Monet

Magpie is a masterpiece by Claude Monet that captures the poetic play of light upon a winter landscape. It is a symphony of ivory and...

James W Singer 22 December 2023

Renaissance

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti, a painter, sculptor, and architect was born in Caprese, Italy on March 6, 1475. He is one of those geniuses whose biography...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 December 2023

Art History 101

Byzantine Icons: Everything You Need to Know

Byzantine icons are more of a prayer object than anything else. Though likened to idolatry, the icons mean more than what can be confined by that...

Rachel Witte 20 December 2023

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: A Glass Compote with Peaches, Jasmine Flowers, Quinces and a Grasshopper by Fede Galizia

Fede Galizia’s beautiful A Glass Compote with Peaches, Jasmine Flowers, Quinces and a Grasshopper is one of Italy’s first-ever still life...

Alexandra Kiely 20 December 2023

Love Story

Medieval Love Story: King Pedro and Inês de Castro

Every country has its legends and fairytales, and Portugal is no exception. One of the most well-known Portuguese tales is a love story about King...

Helena Pereira 20 December 2023

Post-Impressionism

In a Cabaret with Toulouse-Lautrec’s Posters

On the outskirts of Paris, a working-class district with cabarets and dance halls called Montmartre became the bohemian center of the city.

Magda Michalska 19 December 2023

Theater & Cinema

The Art of Polish Film Posters

The emergence of the poster as a fresh, creative medium was a timely episode in an unfolding age of consumer expendability. In an era of conveyor...

Jon Kelly 19 December 2023

Art Nouveau

13 Most Beautiful Posters by Alphonse Mucha You Must Know

Alphonse Mucha’s distinctive style was called le style Mucha, becoming synonymous with the Art Nouveau style. His posters have a very long and...

Zuzanna Stańska 19 December 2023