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Post-Impressionism

Everything You Must Know About A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

Spring is shyly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere. Longer and warmer days, more light, and the first signs of nature rebirth encourage us to...

Zuzanna Stańska 16 March 2021

Georgia O’Keeffe Jack-in-the-Pulpit Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV by Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the greatest female artists of the early 20th century. She could also be considered the mother of American Modernism.

James W Singer 14 March 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn

Swans are normally characterized as graceful birds. They are magnificent and majestic. However, Jan Asselijn displays another side of these elegant...

James W Singer 28 February 2021

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Masterpiece Story: Flora by Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt painted his wife Saskia van Uylenburgh as Flora, goddess of spring and flowers, three times during their relatively short but meaningful...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 February 2021

Masterpiece Stories

History in Art: Washington Crossing the Delaware

Throughout history, artists have documented the world around them. Consequently, this has culminated in some of the most famous historically-based...

Rachel Witte 19 January 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Princess Olga Orlova by Valentin Serov

Late Tsarist Russia evokes images of great social inequality in respect of health, wealth, and happiness. In addition, it evokes images of extreme...

James W Singer 17 January 2021

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Painting of the Week: John William Waterhouse, Miranda

Miranda, from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is the subject of a painting by John William Waterhouse. She has been detained on an island,...

Guest Profile 10 January 2021

Artist Stories

The Story of Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom and Its Three Versions

The Bedroom(s) are among the most famous paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Why the plural? There are three similar paintings of the same title. All...

Zuzanna Stańska 9 January 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Saint George and the Dragon

There is a skirmish between the hero and the villain. Fabrics whip about, horse hoofs trample, and a dying scream erupts as Saint George slaughters...

James W Singer 3 January 2021

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Masterpiece Story: Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano

More than 2 billion people in more than 160 countries will celebrate Christmas this coming Friday. To mark this global Christian holiday, we explore...

James W Singer 20 December 2020

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Masterpiece Story: The Railway Station by Alf Rolfsen

Steam, breath and sweat combine into a pulsating cloud filling the railway station with energy and anticipation. Everyone is in motion either towards...

James W Singer 6 December 2020

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Painting of the Week: James Barry, King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia

King Lear by William Shakespeare is a great tragedy that centers around ideas such as loyalty, familial bonds, and remorse. The painter of this work,...

Merve Parla 29 November 2020