European Art

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Two Sisters (On the Terrace) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

This beautiful painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known under two titles. The first one – Two Sisters (in French: Les Deux Sœurs) was...

Zuzanna Stańska 25 February 2022

Love Story

Lise Tréhot – The Mysterious Beauty from Renoir’s Paintings

Born into a humble French family, Lise Tréhot (1848–1922) was an artist’s model who posed exclusively for Pierre-Auguste Renoir...

Anuradha Sroha 25 February 2022

Review

Joan Miró: Signs and Figurations at Serralves Foundation in Porto

Want to have a stroll with a master in a beautiful Art Deco house? If so, go quickly to the Serralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal, where Joan...

Tommy Thiange 24 February 2022

Dine & Wine

Keep Eating and Never Regret: Fat Thursday

Doughnuts, doughnuts… who wouldn’t be tempted by one freshly out of the bakery, covered in a sweet coating and with a warm, creamy...

Magda Michalska 24 February 2022

Still lifes Art History 101

Fruits, Flowers, and Death: Still Lifes in Art History

Still lifes are one of the most recurrent and well-known themes in art history. These subjects are usually representations of inanimate objects such...

Andra Patricia Ritisan 22 February 2022

European Art

El Greco: The Grandfather of Expressionism

The Guide to the Prado Museum describes El Greco as a “philosopher, as an intellectual and as a sensitive and idiosyncratic artist.” It is these...

Wendy Gray 21 February 2022

Architecture

An Urban Gesamtkunstwerk: The Ringstrasse in Vienna

We all associate the city of Vienna with Mozart – Europe’s greatest composer – Austrian Empress Sissi and its magnificent architecture...

Nicole Ganbold 21 February 2022

WTF Art History

Five Translation Mistakes That Changed Art History

Why did Michelangelo portray Moses with horns? Why are there monkeys in Giulio Romano’s Chamber of Giants? And why does the Nativity scene...

Arianna Richetti 21 February 2022

Design

Wiener Werkstätte: The Viennese Design Brand You’ve Always Dreamt Of

Heard of Bauhaus? Yes. Heard of De Stijl? Yes. Heard of Wiener Werkstätte? No. No?! That’s the problem: I hadn’t heard of Wiener...

Magda Michalska 21 February 2022

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 21 February 2022

Contemporary Art

Viennese Actionism: Between the Bestial and the Sublime

Naked bodies, violence, and destructive art. The term Viennese Actionism refers to a radical and explicit form of performance art that developed in...

Caroline Galambosova 21 February 2022

Mary Beale. Mary Beale, Self-portrait, c. 1670, Moyses Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, London, UK. Women Artists

Mary Beale – England’s First Professional Female Artist

Mary Beale was a Baroque painter from the 17th century. Her talent led her to become the first professional British female artist. Luckily, she...

Jimena Escoto 20 February 2022