European Art

Erotica

The Pornographic World of Egon Schiele’s Nudes (NSFW)

Egon Schiele’s nudes can challenge us and our preconceptions of the artistic tradition of the “nude”. He didn’t paint or draw idealized...

Zuzanna Stańska 19 October 2023

Manet and Saint Francis Impressionism

What Do Édouard Manet and Saint Francis Have in Common?

Édouard Manet once remarked: “I should like to be the Saint Francis of still life.” While the comparisons between Manet and Saint Francis may...

Marta Loza 18 October 2023

Medieval Art

Saint Joseph As Baby Daddy: An Illustrated Medieval Guide

Let’s forget the traditional Nativity scene that we all know for a moment: Virgin Mary kneeling before baby Christ, Joseph standing right behind...

Ela Bobek 18 October 2023

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, 1647-1652, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Roma, Italia. Masterpiece Stories

Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Divine Bliss or Pure Erotic Pleasure?

Among the works of the famous sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680), the sculptural group called Ecstasy of Saint Teresa remains...

Montaine Dumont 18 October 2023

Painting

Saint Luke: The Ultimate Holy Painter

Christianity has a saint for everything, literally everything. So let’s talk about Saint Luke. Not only is he one of the Four Evangelists and...

Jimena Escoto 18 October 2023

Dine & Wine

Prost! Oktoberfest in Paintings

Oktoberfest, as the name suggests, is a traditional German beer festival held annually in October (although it starts already in late September). For...

Magda Michalska 16 October 2023

Ancient Rome

The Evolution of Art During the Fall of Rome

The Fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century CE was a pivotal moment in history, signifying the end of a dominant civilization that had reigned...

Maya M. Tola 16 October 2023

History

Opera: A Brief History of the Total Work of Art

When we think of opera, art is not the first thing that comes to mind. Opera simply means “work” and it can sometimes seem over-the-top and...

Ledys Chemin 16 October 2023

velazquez bodegon Dine & Wine

Spanish Bodegones of the 17th Century

Looking at a painting and getting hungry? It might be a bodegón! Here we define the genre of Spanish bodegones in the context of 17th-century...

Soledad Castillo Jara 16 October 2023

Herman, Paul, and Jean de Limbourg, The Belles Heures of Jean de France Medieval Art

5 Medieval Artists You Need to Know

Although most artwork is difficult to attribute to an artist in the medieval period, here are five medieval artists you should know. In this article,...

Anna Ingram 12 October 2023

Artist Stories

Lili Elbe – The First Known Transgender Female Artist

Lili Elbe – born Einar Wegener – was a Danish landscape painter of the early 20th century and the first known transgender woman in arts. She was...

Pola Otterstein 11 October 2023

Set of Jewelry from the Vulci tomb, ca. 500 BCE to 401 BCE (late Archaic period), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, United States. Ancient Art

All That Glitters: The Gold Jewelry of the Etruscans

The elusive Etruscans left behind a rich legacy of gold craftsmanship that was among the most advanced in the ancient Mediterranean world. While the...

Maya M. Tola 9 October 2023