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Painting of the Week: Vincent van Gogh, Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige)

In the mid 19th century, Japanese ports were suddenly opened up to international trade, and Europeans went crazy for Japanese culture and art,...

Kelly Hill 10 May 2020

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Painting of the Week: Van Gogh’s Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most popular painters of all-time. He dominates Post-Impressionism. He fills art books. He inspires modern viewers. In...

James W Singer 3 May 2020

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Portrait of Sofonisba Anguissola by Anthony Van Dyck

Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish painter who was born in Antwerp (Spanish Netherlands, now Belgium) in 1599 and passed away in London in 1641. From...

Soledad Castillo Jara 26 April 2020

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Painting of the Week: Tughra of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent

The Ottoman Empire was an exotic realm filled with sheikhs, silks, and saffron. During the 16th and 17th centuries, it reached the height of its...

James W Singer 19 April 2020

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Painting of the Week: Salvador Dalí, Madonna of Port Lligat

Salvador Dalí's The Madonna of Port Lligat depicts an image of Mary holding baby Jesus in her lap. However it has layers upon layers of meaning. For...

Isla Phillips 12 April 2020

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Painting of the Week: Pavel Fedotov, The Major’s Marriage Proposal

When you think of 19th-century Russia, images of Anna Karenina with black furs and white diamonds may come to mind. The lives of the wealthy...

James W Singer 5 April 2020

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Painting of the Week: Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring

The Girl with a Pearl Earring is usually the first image that comes to mind when we think of Johannes Vermeer. It has inspired multiple references in...

Soledad Castillo Jara 29 March 2020

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Painting of the Week: Rachel Ruysch, Vase with Flowers

March is Women’s History Month, and to continue celebrating our artistic diversity let’s discuss one of the greatest still-life artists: Rachel...

James W Singer 22 March 2020

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Painting of the Week: Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid

Among the many representations of domestic scenes of respectable Dutch middle-class households, there is one that never ceases to impress and capture...

Giordana Goretti 15 March 2020

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Painting of the Week: Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Self Portrait in a Straw Hat

Why is art history predominantly focused on male artists? Are there not enough female artists to fill textbooks? Of course there are enough, but this...

James W Singer 8 March 2020

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Painting of the Week: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

A ploughman is plowing the lands, a shepherd is watching over his sheep, an angler is fishing. The ships are sailing to unknown lands, a partridge is...

Zuzanna Stańska 1 March 2020

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Painting of the Week: Pierre-Jacques Volaire, Eruption of Mount Vesuvius

The ground shakes and rumbles as the nearby mountain awakens. Smoke emerges from its peaks and the volcano stirs from its slumber. The land trembles...

James W Singer 23 February 2020