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Painting of the Week: Miguel Covarrubias, The Mexican Street Scene

An ordinary, rather empty street in the Mexican countryside. Two people. In the center, a woman with closed eyes, covered by a blue shawl. Pensive.

Alicja Gluszek 14 July 2019

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Masterpiece Story: The Metlac Ravine by José María Velasco

The Metlac Ravine is like a huge postcard sent in the past that captures the monumental nature of the southern, coastal state of Mexico-Veracruz and...

Alicja Gluszek 7 July 2019

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Painting of the Week: Eduardo Paolozzi, I was a Rich Man’s Plaything

Eduardo Paolozzi's 1947 collage I was a Rich Man's Plaything, which can be seen in the Tate Modern in London, was one of the first works of Pop Art...

Chris Dobson 16 June 2019

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Painting of the Week: Masaccio, The Tribute Money

There are many artists and paintings which I return to over and over again. Artists like Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Vermeer, van Eyck, Cassatt,...

Rachel Witte 9 June 2019

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Painting of the Week: John Singer Sargent, Simplon Pass: The Lesson

Many people know John Singer Sargent for his beautiful oil paintings of turn-of-the-century high society. However, he also made many lovely...

Alexandra Kiely 26 May 2019

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Painting of the Week: Tarsila do Amaral, Abaporú

Abaporú: a painting that was a birthday gift from a wife to a husband, from Tarsila do Amaral to Oswaldo de Andrade. This work was a symbol of the...

Alicja Gluszek 12 May 2019

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Painting of the Week: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Street, Dresden

The swirling crowds and electric lights of the modern city. This is the subject of today's painting of the week, created by one of the greatest...

Zuzanna Stańska 5 May 2019

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Painting of the Week: Albert Eckhout, Mameluca Woman

For readers in the northern hemisphere, spring has just begun. For those of us in the southern half of the globe, it's the fall that presents itself.

Rute Ferreira 28 April 2019

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Painting of the Week: Raphael, Transfiguration

The Transfiguration was the last painting created by Raphael. Commissioned by Cardinal Giulio de Medici, the later Pope Clement VII (1523–1534) and...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 April 2019

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Painting of the Week: Vincent van Gogh, Irises

One year before his death on March 30th 1890, Vincent van Gogh chose to enter Saint Paul de Mausole, an asylum in Saint-Rémy, originally a 12th...

Zuzanna Stańska 31 March 2019

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Painting of the Week: Artemisia Gentileschi, Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – c. 1656) was ‘one of the best Italian Baroque painters.’ Despite this, you won’t find any of her works in the...

Chris Dobson 24 March 2019

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Painting of the Week: Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa

Théodore Géricault completed The Raft of the Medusa when he was 27, and the work has become an icon of French Romanticism. It is a direct precursor...

Clinton Pittman 3 March 2019