European Art

Gallery view of the Marina Abramović exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from 23 September 2023 – 1 January 2024, showing Four Crosses (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives. © Marina Abramović. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry Contemporary Art

Marina Abramović at the Royal Academy in London

In 1997, Marina Abramović (b. 1946) attempted to scrub clean over 1,500 cows’ bones at the 47th Venice Biennale. The performance, titled Balkan...

Ania Kaczynska 9 November 2023

Design

The Artistic Totality of Portuguese Azulejos

Azulejos are a major part of Portuguese history and cultural heritage. These hand-crafted tiles have created such a dynamic presence over the...

Marga Patterson 8 November 2023

Baroque

Delftware 101 – The Brilliant Face of the Dutch Golden Age

When we think of the Netherlands, a few characteristic things come to mind: tulips, windmills, orange, cheese and painted clogs to name but a few.

Giordana Goretti 8 November 2023

Baroque

5 Still Lifes by Francisco de Zurbarán You Need to Know

Although he is best known for his religious themes, Francisco de Zurbarán created wonderful still lifes that stand out for their simplicity and, at...

Andra Patricia Ritisan 7 November 2023

Prehistoric Art

Stonehenge: Incredible Facts and Fascinating Theories

Stonehenge is one of the most famous archeological sites in the world, located in the county of Wiltshire, UK. Nowadays we do know some things about...

Camilla de Laurentis 6 November 2023

Art Nouveau

Carl Strathmann’s Bizarre Cabinet of Art Nouveau Curiosities

Tired of the forever beautification of women in Art Nouveau worlds of flamboyant ornaments and stylized flowers? Then you should be looking at Carl...

Kero Fichter 6 November 2023

Women Artists

Four Female Court Painters You Did Not Know

Throughout history, art has always played an important role in royal propaganda across Europe. Royal families were in a race to employ the best...

Gokce Dyson 6 November 2023

Johan Thomas Lundbye, View from Kitnæs on Roskilde Fjord, 1843, National Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: View from Kitnæs on Roskilde Fjord by Johan Thomas Lundbye

View from Kitnæs on Roskilde Fjord by Johan Thomas Lundbye is a masterpiece of 19th century Danish landscape painting. It set a new standard for the...

James W Singer 5 November 2023

Museum Stories

How Science Saved Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

In January 2019, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announced that the painting Sunflowers would not be leaving Amsterdam anymore due to its fragile...

Joanna Kaszubowska 3 November 2023

Ukraine Special

In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900-1930s

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels is currently hosting an exhibition titled In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine,...

Tommy Thiange 2 November 2023

Baroque

Masterpiece Story: Apollo and Daphne by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Apollo and Daphne, one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s first major commissions, was completed between 1622 and 1625 for Cardinal Scipione Borghese, a...

Maya M. Tola 2 November 2023

Expressionism

Paula Modersohn-Becker: The Unknown Expressionist

Some time ago, I came across a fascinating German Expressionist who was not part of the famous Die Brücke group. All the more, this painter was a...

Magda Michalska 2 November 2023