Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Józef Simmler, The Death of Barbara Radziwiłł

The National Museum in Warsaw is one of the largest museums in Poland and boasts an extensive art collection. Among its body of works is The Death of...

James W Singer 2 August 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Henri Rousseau, The Football Players

Welcome to the bizarre world of Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), the quintessential naïve artist, and meet his oneiric, striped football...

Anastasia Manioudaki 26 July 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Thomas Gainsborough, Grace Dalrymple Elliott

The Frick Collection has an amazing ensemble of European masters. For example, works by Vermeer, Fragonard, and Goya grace its walls. Every room has...

James W Singer 19 July 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Artist’s Studio – The Dance by Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein was a famous American Pop artist, most well known for his original technique of mixed media on canvas, which was meant to remind the...

Magda Michalska 12 July 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Thomas Lawrence, Julia, Lady Peel

When I saw the portrait of Julia, Lady Peel by Sir Thomas Lawrence in the Frick Collection, I was intrigued by the artwork. There is a...

Marina Kochetkova 5 July 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Hendrik Heerschop, The African King Caspar

White subjects have dominated the Western art tradition for millennia, while people of color have been vastly underrepresented and misrepresented.

James W Singer 28 June 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Jean-Léon Gérôme, Truth Coming Out of Her Well

A fair-skinned woman, nude. Mouth open in either shock, rage, or maybe even disgust, as she emerges from a well. One leg is already draped over the...

Kristin Urban 21 June 2020

Contemporary Art

Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus

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

Isla Phillips 19 June 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Abbey in the Oakwood by Caspar David Friedrich

Sadness and desolation fill this scene like an oppressive melancholy. The sun is dying behind the horizon as fog enshrouds the ground. Skeletal trees...

James W Singer 14 June 2020

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Masterpiece Story: Caravaggio, Amor Vincit Omnia

This young Cupid, recklessly painted by Caravaggio, follows Virgil’s saying amor vincit omnia (love conquers all). He triumphs over science,...

Zuzanna Stańska 7 June 2020

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Painting of the Week: Robert Delaunay, The Red Tower

When people speak of Paris, images of Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and Musée du Louvre flash into the imagination. And for good reason, as they are...

James W Singer 31 May 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Kikukawa Eizan, The Courtesan Hinaaya of the Chōji House

Vincent and Theo van Gogh, the close-knit brothers, extensively collected Japanese Ukiyo-e prints. Van Gogh had already bought a few in Antwerp...

Urvi Chheda 24 May 2020