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Artist Stories

An Orientalist from the Orient: Theodoros Rallis

Not every Orientalist painter journeyed to the Orient or the Levant to observe and interact with the socio-cultural fabric they intended to portray...

Erol Degirmenci 3 November 2022

Art History 101

Orientalism – Quick Explanation

19th-century Europeans were fascinated by the Near East and North Africa. Everything began roughly around the time of the Napoleonic invasion of...

Magda Michalska 3 November 2022

Bizarre

Art Only Exists Because Death Exists. Skulls in Art

Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated every year across Mexico. A far cry from the Western commercial horror-fest of Halloween, it is a glorious...

Candy Bedworth 2 November 2022

Edvard Munch, Love and pain, 1895, oil on canvas. The Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway. Bizarre

5 Vampire Paintings in Art

Vampires are one of the most known mythical creatures in history. The origins of their legend date back to ancient civilizations. Some ancient...

Errika Gerakiti 31 October 2022

Bizarre

9 Creatures by Odilon Redon That Will Give You the Creeps

The creatures by Odilon Redon look truly otherworldly. During the early years of the artistic activity of this Symbolist painter, printmaker,...

Zuzanna Stańska 31 October 2022

Niki de Saint Phalle surrounded by her sculptures painting Le Monde, c. 1981. Photograph by Laurent Codominas © 2010 Niki Charitable Art Foundation. Courtesy of Opera Gallery. Detail. Review

Find Paradise with Niki de Saint Phalle: Paradis Retrouvé in Opera Gallery

This week marks the birthday of Niki de Saint Phalle, the Franco-American artist who died in 2002. To celebrate the occasion, I visited a new...

Louisa Mahoney 29 October 2022

Giotto Meeting at the Golden Gate Love Story

The First Kiss in Art History

It was back in the year 1305 when Giotto di Bondone painted a fresco capturing the moment when Virgin Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, kissed...

Petra Dragasevic 28 October 2022

Art History 101

Proto-Renaissance 101: From Guilds to Giotto

A lot of focus is put on the Renaissance when learning art history. It spans a few centuries and is known as a period of great change in European...

Rachel Witte 28 October 2022

Museum Stories

An Insider’s Look: Denver Art Museum Staff’s Favorite Artworks

Denver Art Museum was founded in 1893 and since then has enriched the cultural life of the state of Colorado. It is one of the largest museums in the...

Ania Kaczynska 27 October 2022

Emil Jakob Schindler, Forest Lane near Schärfling, 1890, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Forest Lane near Schärfling by Emil Jakob Schindler

Forest Lane near Schärfling by Emil Jakob Schindler is a masterpiece of Austrian Impressionism. It is an enchanting place where the natural...

James W Singer 27 October 2022

Renaissance

The Surprising Career of Lavinia Fontana: Painter of Popes, Nudes, and Noblewomen

There weren’t many women who became successful artists in Renaissance Europe. However, there were probably more than most people think, and we try...

Alexandra Kiely 25 October 2022

Edwin Lord Weeks, Temples and Bathing Ghat at Benares, ca. 1883-1885. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Art Travels

Memoirs of India by Edwin Lord Weeks

Edwin Lord Weeks was a remarkable American painter and one of the most celebrated Orientalists of his time. He lived a coveted life of travel and...

Maya M. Tola 24 October 2022