Masterpiece Stories

Utagawa Hiroshige, Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Tsugi Bridge, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 1857, ink on paper, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Maple Trees at Mama by Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige’s prints were exported and popular with Western artists. Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh owned approximately 50 of...

James W Singer 15 February 2022

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Masterpiece Story: Kehinde Wiley, Officer of the Hussars

February is Black History Month in the United States (in the UK it is in October) so let’s celebrate with the Officer of the Hussars by Kehinde...

Joanna Kaszubowska 14 February 2022

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Masterpiece Story: Queen Mother Idia of Benin

Africa is a beautiful continent filled with sweeping landscapes and mighty rivers. Its history is filled with great kingdoms and large empires. Its...

James W Singer 12 February 2022

Lady with an Ermine Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Leonardo da Vinci, Lady with an Ermine

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

Zuzanna Stańska 9 February 2022

Kara Walker Fons Americanus Women Artists

Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus

Kara Elizabeth Walker, born in 1969, is an American contemporary artist. She is known as a painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist,...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 3 February 2022

Adam Elsheimer, Flight into Egypt, 1609, oil on copper, Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Flight into Egypt by Adam Elsheimer

Flight into Egypt is a masterpiece found in the collection of the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany. Human dramas are depicted with vivid...

James W Singer 30 January 2022

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Children Eating a Melon and Grapes, c. 1650, Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Children Eating Grapes and a Melon by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Children Eating Grapes and a Melon, currently located in the Alte Pinakothek, is one of the most famous paintings by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. This...

Vithória Konzen Dill 30 January 2022

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Masterpiece Story: Édouard Manet’s Portrait of Eva Gonzalès

You’ve probably heard of the Impressionists: Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, and Camille Pissarro. These guys are not only known for...

Abreeza Thomas 23 January 2022

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Masterpiece Story: Chateau Noir by Paul Cézanne

Today is Paul Cézanne’s birthday! He was born on January 19, 1839, so this Masterpiece Story is dedicated to him. We present to you the landscape...

Alexandra Kiely 19 January 2022

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Masterpiece Story: Ruins of the Château de Pierrefonds by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Soon after Château de Pierrefonds was displayed, Emperor Napoleon III restored the actual Château de Pierrefonds in the 1850s under the direction...

James W Singer 18 January 2022

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Masterpiece Story: Berthe Morisot, Woman at Her Toilette

Berthe Morisot was closely associated with French Impressionism and actively participated in seven out of eight group exhibitions. She maintained...

Zuzanna Stańska 14 January 2022

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Masterpiece Story: 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 13 January 2022