Artist Stories

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

Artist Stories

Vive la Belle Époque! The Story of Giovanni Boldini and Franca Florio

The history of the Belle Époque reveals many scandalous stories. Behind the elegant portraits interesting lives of grand dames and adventurous...

Giordana Goretti 9 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

Art History 101

Meet Great Teachers of Famous Artists

September and October are the months when students return to school or university. The experience of education and our memories of it are shaped by...

Magda Michalska 5 October 2022

Artist Stories

Joanna Hiffernan: Artist, Model and Whistler’s Muse

Joanna Hiffernan and James Abbott McNeill Whistler met in London in 1861. He instantly fell in love with her striking red hair and outspoken...

Louisa Mahoney 3 October 2022

Architecture

Carlo Scarpa: The Modern Son of Venice

When you think of Venice you probably first see Piazza San Marco in your mind’s eye. Then some canals and gondolas, or maybe the other way around.

Joanna Kaszubowska 3 October 2022

Photography

Photographer Nan Goldin: Tender Truth Teller

Nan Goldin is an American photographer. She is just as famous for her art as she is for social activism, particularly around gay and transgender...

Candy Bedworth 2 October 2022

Photography

The Queen of Neoclassical Photography: Nelly

For many, photography is merely a sophisticated way of immortalizing the current and carrying that frozen moment – which is impossible to recreate...

Erol Degirmenci 2 October 2022

Women Artists

Tina Modotti: Photographer Made Revolutionary

Her biography is a ready-made storyline for a movie (Hollywood, do you hear me?). In the end, how many of us are poor workers who make an acting...

Magda Michalska 2 October 2022

Caravaggio David with the Head of Goliath, c. 1610, Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy. Artist Stories

How Did Caravaggio Die? The Answer Is Not Easy

Caravaggio was a great artist, no doubt about it, but he was also rowdy. An early published notice on him, dating from 1604 and describing his...

Zuzanna Stańska 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