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Masterpiece Story: Fowling in the Marshes

Ancient Egypt. The famous land of Tutankhamun evokes popular images of pyramids, mummies, and tombs. It left an artistic heritage that is still...

James W Singer 1 December 2019

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Painting of the Week: Francisco Toledo, Frog

This is an unusual watercolor diptych by the late Mexican artist Francisco Toledo, who died this year. The work encompasses two totally opposite...

Alicja Gluszek 24 November 2019

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Painting of the Week: Fra Filippo Lippi, Madonna and Child with Two Angels

On the surface, Fra Filippo Lippi’s, Madonna and Child with Two Angels appears to be another typical Renaissance painting of the Virgin Mary and...

James W Singer 17 November 2019

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Painting of the Week: John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shallot

Elaine, the white lady of Shallot’s island, portrayed by John William Waterhouse is locked in a tower where she is only able to see the world...

Guest Profile 10 November 2019

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Painting of the Week: Sir William Orchardson, The First Cloud

At first glance, Sir William Orchardson’s The First Cloud is a late Victorian domestic scene that appears to be tranquil, refined, and placid.

James W Singer 3 November 2019

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An Ode to Autumn with John Everett Millais

Autumn weather can be unpredictable. Some days the earth looks cut out of crystal; the sky is a milky blue, and the sunlight is sparkling and golden.

Hannah Demaine 2 November 2019

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Painting of the Week: Edvard Munch, Madonna

The Norwegian painter Edvard Munch realized the colored lithograph Madonna in 1895. He is considered the head of Expressionism, therefore his Madonna...

Maia Heguiaphal 27 October 2019

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Painting of the Week: Is La Joconde L.H.O.O.Q?

The Painting of the Week, La Joconde, is all about codes, reversals, play with conventions and provocation. In other words, it's an epitome of Dada...

Magda Michalska 20 October 2019

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Painting of the Week: Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Slaying Holofernes

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 - 1656) was the most accomplished female painter of the Italian Baroque. She specialized in Biblical scenes of strong...

James W Singer 13 October 2019

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Painting of the Week: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was the most prolific French painter of the 18th century. He created over 550 paintings embodying the spirit of...

James W Singer 29 September 2019

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Painting of the Week: Stanley Spencer, View from Cookham Bridge

Stanley Spencer described the village of Cookham, as a ‘village in heaven’. In his unique paintings Spencer often intertwined Cookham with his...

Hannah Demaine 22 September 2019

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Painting of the Week: Jean-Antoine Watteau, Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera

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 15 September 2019