Art History 101

Renaissance

The Medici. Rich Sinners or Saintly Rulers?

The Medici were one of the richest family dynasties that ever lived and perhaps the most influential patrons of the arts in history. For it was their...

James Wray 19 March 2019

Art State of Mind

The Muse Throughout Art History: Inspiration, Love, and Friendship

In terms of Ancient Greek mythology, the term muse refers to nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, with each daughter having her own attribute, which...

Rachel Witte 26 January 2019

Sculpture

Wild Women of the Waves – Art of Ships Figureheads

A figurehead is a carved and painted figure ornamenting the bow of a ship (that’s the front to us landlubbers!). For thousands of years people have...

Candy Bedworth 10 January 2019

Painterly Armchair Travels – London Landmarks Edition

Since everybody seemed to enjoy visiting Paris through paintings, why not take a look at London? Just like Paris, London is a popular destination for...

Alexandra Kiely 23 July 2018

Why is Klimt Famous?

Gustav Klimt, born in Austria in 1862, is celebrated as one of the most valued artists in the history of art. But, why is Klimt famous? Why exactly...

Bolor Jargalsaikhan 28 March 2018

Art History 101

Everything You Should Know About Orientalism

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

Magda Michalska 12 January 2018

Art History 101

Women’s Place Is In The Kitchen: The Story of Dutch Genre Painting

One of the unquestionable masters of Dutch genre painting was Jan Vermeer. However, today I want to present two less known painters: Peter de Hooch...

Magda Michalska 11 January 2018

Artist Stories

Legend of Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Works of the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti often resonate with his personal experiences in life and love. Especially, the lush...

Bolor Jargalsaikhan 5 January 2018

Art Forms

A Painterly Look Into Sculptors’ Studios

Painting and sculpture have always had a rather complicated relationship, with artists arguing for the superiority of one or the other. Yet, in the...

Magda Michalska 29 November 2017

Art History 101

Was Nicolas Poussin A Barouqe Artist?

Nicolas Poussin is often considered a representative of French Baroque, as he worked in the first half of the 1600s. Yet, his paintings are so...

Magda Michalska 16 November 2017

Art History 101

Do You Know Your Saints? A Quiz With Saintly Attributes

How well do you know your Christian iconography? All Saints is over but it's never too late for a little quiz! Are you able to recognize saints by...

Magda Michalska 3 November 2017

Art History 101

Annibale Carracci: The Inventor of Baroque Painting?

When did Mannierism give way to a new style? Was it with Caravaggio's dramatic lighting, or Rubens's opulence? Can we distinguish a moment in...

Magda Michalska 27 September 2017