European Art

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera by Jean-Antoine Watteau

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721) was the most influential French painter of the 18th century. His painting Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera...

James W Singer 10 October 2022

Love Story

Paint Me Like One of Your French Girls: The Life and Business of Agostina Segatori

Agostina Segatori’s face is most widely recognized in the works of famous artists between 1860 and 1887. Her Italian features inspired many...

Yasmin Ozkan 10 October 2022

Rococo

The Mysterious Master of Rococo: Watteau

Who was Watteau, one of the most prominent Rococo painters? Not much is known about his life, which makes it and his art all the more mysterious. Are...

Magda Michalska 10 October 2022

Black and white photograph of a caucasian woman astride a horse, facing right Women Artists

Edith Somerville: Author, Artist, and Activist

Edith Somerville lived as full a life as anyone. Having the financial means, she led a life with no barriers as an unmarried author of several books,...

Lauren Kraut 8 October 2022

Santiago Calatrava Architecture

Sense or Sensibility – Bridges of Santiago Calatrava

The announcement to replace the slippery glass panels on Ponte della Constituzione bridge in Venice, designed by Santiago Calatrava, made me realize...

Joanna Kaszubowska 3 October 2022

Medieval Art

The Wonder and Glory of Medieval Portable Shrines

For devoted Christians, a portable shrine provided an immediate and intimate way to connect to a higher power within a monastic space or the privacy...

Marga Patterson 3 October 2022

Dine & Wine

Caffeinated Art — Masterpieces for Coffee Lovers!

Is there anything more delightful than a cup of hot coffee? It turns out that yes, there is, and it’s coffee in art! Coffee has been subject...

Magda Michalska 1 October 2022

Ancient Art

Shocking Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color at the Met

Have you ever wondered how the Greco-Roman statues looked during antiquity? Thanks to the Met and its amazing team, you can now get a glimpse of the...

Erol Degirmenci 29 September 2022

Women Artists

Meet Catharina van Hemessen: The Female Renaissance Artist You Haven’t Heard About

Do you know which artist created the very first self-portrait depicting themselves at work? Let me introduce you to Catharina van Hemessen. She was...

Anna Ingram 28 September 2022

Women Artists

Everything You Need to Know About Plautilla Nelli

Sister Plautilla was a Florentine nun and artist who lived in the 16th-century Italy. After centuries of neglect, her work is finally being...

Vithória Konzen Dill 28 September 2022

Post-Impressionism

7 Extraordinary Van Gogh Paintings You’ve Probably Never Seen

Today, we wanted to focus on something extraordinary and show you 7 of Van Gogh’s paintings you’ve probably never seen. Everyone knows The Starry...

Zuzanna Stańska 26 September 2022

Claude Monet Water Lilies Impressionism

Claude Monet and Masterpieces Painted in Series

Claude Monet was famous for his series of paintings. He repeatedly painted the same subject in different lights, at different hours of the day, and...

Zuzanna Stańska 24 September 2022