Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Cavaliere d’Arpino, Perseus Rescuing Andromeda

The roar of the sea monster blends with the screams of the scared princess! The chained beauty awaits her bloody death as the ugly beast lurches...

James W Singer 25 October 2020

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Painting of the Week: Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with a Personification of Ktisis

The bejeweled woman from the mosaic, holding the measuring tool for the Roman foot, is identified by the restored Greek inscription as Ktisis. She is...

Zuzanna Stańska 18 October 2020

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Painting of the Week: Winslow Homer, Summer Squall

The crashing waves roar with a deafening thunder, and the foamy spray flies with a quickening speed. Great gusts of wind blow the waters over the...

James W Singer 11 October 2020

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Painting of the Week: Diego Velázquez, The Rokeby Venus

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660) was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and one of the most important painters of...

Joanna Kaszubowska 4 October 2020

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Masterpiece Story: Camille Pissarro, Rainbow at Pontoise

Camille Pissarro has an interesting portfolio of paintings. His works are divided between cosmopolitan views of Paris and countryside views of...

James W Singer 27 September 2020

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Painting of the Week: Firs Zhuravlev, A Fashionista Wife

Firs Zhuravlev's realistic paintings show all aspects of Russian life. And we can imagine the scene from the picture A Fashionista Wife in the house...

Elizaveta Ermakova 20 September 2020

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Painting of the Week: Henri Fantin-Latour, Still Life

The greatest happiness can be found in the simple pleasures of daily life. Such simplicities could include the taste of fresh fruit, the smell of...

James W Singer 13 September 2020

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Painting of the Week: Fede Galizia, A Glass Compote with Peaches, Jasmine Flowers, Quinces and a Grasshopper

Fede Galizia's beautiful A Glass Compote with Peaches, Jasmine Flowers, Quinces and a Grasshopper is one of Italy's first-ever still life paintings.

Alexandra Kiely 6 September 2020

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Painting of the Week: Lyonel Feninger, Sailboats

Cubism. The word instantly evokes images of Picasso and his figures with multiple noses. However, there is more than just Picasso who excels in this...

James W Singer 30 August 2020

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Masterpiece Story: Leonardo da Vinci, The Lady with an Ermine

One of the greatest masterpieces of Western art, The Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci, presents Cecilia Gallerani (ca. 1473–1536). Young,...

Zuzanna Stańska 23 August 2020

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Masterpiece Story: Saint Anne

To the south of Egypt is the mysterious land of Nubia. It has a complex history due to the different states and religions that have occupied the...

James W Singer 16 August 2020

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Masterpiece Story: The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat by John Weguelin

Here is a Masterpiece Story to honor our beloved cats. The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat presents an imaginative interpretation of an ancient Egyptian...

Alexandra Kiely 9 August 2020