Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Valentin Serov, Princess Olga Orlova

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

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

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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

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Cuno Amiet, Snowy Landscape (Deep Winter)

These are the shortest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s dark and cold outside, but there are two things which brighten the...

Kate Wojtczak 27 December 2020

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Painting of the Week: Gentile da Fabriano, Adoration of the Magi

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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Painting of the Week: Adolph Menzel, The Iron Rolling Mill (Modern Cyclopes)

The 19th century, the age of steel and steam, witnessed not only the developments of the industry but also of the new themes in painting. Now, simple...

Kate Wojtczak 13 December 2020

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Painting of the Week: Alf Rolfsen, The Big Station

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

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Painting of the Week: François Boucher, La Toilette

The soft rustle of silky cloth and the hard crackling of burning wood echo against the yellow papered walls of the boudoir. The small room is...

James W Singer 22 November 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Banksy, Season’s Greetings

What if a children’s game turned into a frightening nightmare? And what would you think if the cause was… you? In Port Talbot, UK, Banksy...

Camilla de Laurentis 15 November 2020

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Painting of the Week: Francis A. Silva, Kingston Point, Hudson River

Wind gently blows on the water of the lapping shore, and light gently glows on the sailcloth of the floating boat. All is gentleness and harmony. All...

James W Singer 8 November 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story for All Saints: A Burial at Ornans by Gustave Courbet

Who nowadays doesn’t appreciate Gustave Courbet‘s striking realism? We all do, but as happens with many geniuses, Courbet was not...

Magda Michalska 1 November 2020