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Jan Havicksz Steen, Woman at her Toilet, 1655-60, oil on panel, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Woman at Her Toilet by Jan Steen

Jan Steen’s Woman at Her Toilet is a provocative masterpiece of genre paintings because of its visual complexity and seductive allure, inviting...

James W Singer 28 August 2023

Jane Morris Love Story

Jane Morris: A Pre-Raphaelite Artist and Muse

Jane Morris (1839-1914) was an English embroiderer and artists’ model who embodied the Pre-Raphaelite ideal of beauty. She was a model and muse to...

Marija Canjuga 28 August 2023

Mannerism

The Fantasy World of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Portraits

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was the king of Mannerism. If you see a portrait made of plants, vegetables, books, animals and generally speaking, stuff – you...

Zuzanna Stańska 28 August 2023

Women Artists

5 Women Artists Whose Works Were Misattributed to Men

“Why have there been no great women artists?” continues to be a question that pops up all too often. The response can be succinctly...

Anastasia Tsaleza 28 August 2023

Art State of Mind

You’ve Got Mail! Read the Personal Letters of Great Artists

Do you ever look at a work of art and wonder, how did the person behind it think? We always want to feel closer to the artists we admire. That is why...

Elizaveta Ermakova 28 August 2023

Art Travels

Wishes & Streams: Trevi Fountain in Rome

During long, warm summer days it is hard not to dream about much-needed holidays. With that said I was reminded of my visit to Rome some time ago...

Nadine Waldmann 27 August 2023

Venice in art: Claude Monet, Grand Canal, Venice, 1908, Museum of Fine Arts,Boston Art Travels

Venice by Famous Artists

Venice is hands down one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Every nook and cranny looks like a theater or a movie set. It is no wonder that...

Anastasia Manioudaki 27 August 2023

Bizarre

The Elephant in the Church and Other Curious Stories of Venice

With its maze of narrow streets, bridges, and canals linking its splendid architecture and art, Venice is beautiful. It is worth exploring and a...

Marina Kochetkova 27 August 2023

Art Travels

All You Need to Know About the Duomo of Florence

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, or the Duomo of Florence, along with Giotto’s Campanile and Baptistery of Saint John are designated UNESCO...

Maya M. Tola 27 August 2023

Photo of Andy Warhol with Archie, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA. Animals

Great Artists’ Dachshund Muses

Did you know that some of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers have been dachshund owners? This extensive list of elite creatives...

Maya M. Tola 26 August 2023

Animals

Thomas Gainsborough and His Dog Portraits

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) was a portrait and landscape painter. During his career, he often painted dogs accompanying his sitters. He always...

Joanna Kaszubowska 26 August 2023

Animals

The Lady with the Dog: Meaning of Dogs in Women’s Portraits

The Lady with the Dog is a title that I borrowed from Chekhov’s short story. While Chekhov’s story revolves around an affair, in the realm of...

Joanna Kaszubowska 26 August 2023