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Painting of the Week – 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 16 February 2020

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Painting of the Week: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Roses of Heliogabalus

Lust, Gluttony, and Sloth. Three of the Seven Deadly Sins are depicted in Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s The Roses of Heliogabalus. Many other sins are...

James W Singer 9 February 2020

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Painting of the Week: Agnolo Bronzino, An Allegory with Venus and Cupid

This week’s painting, An allegory with Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino from the National Gallery in London, is one of the more mysterious...

Joanna Kaszubowska 2 February 2020

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Painting of the Week: Jean-Baptiste Chardin, The Monkey Painter

It’s tacky! It’s funny! It’s weird! Yes, Jean-Baptiste Chardin’s The Monkey Painter is definitely not what you would consider in good taste.

James W Singer 26 January 2020

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Painting of the Week: Chateau Noir by Paul Cézanne

Today is Paul Cézanne’s birthday (he was born on January 19, 1839), so this Painting of the Week is dedicated to him. It is his landscape Chateau...

Alexandra Kiely 19 January 2020

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Painting of the Week: John Singer Sargent, Madame X

Happy Birthday, John Singer Sargent! If you were alive, you would be 164 years old! The world has changed substantially since 12 January 1856,...

James W Singer 12 January 2020

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Painting of the Week: Arthur Hughes, April Love

Today's Painting of the Week is April Love, 1855-1856, Arthur Hughes' most celebrated artwork that embodies Pre-Raphaelites' soul. Arthur Hughes,...

Arianna Richetti 5 January 2020

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Painting of the Week: Ford Madox Brown, The Last of England

Out of the cold English air comes a man tired from a hard day’s work. He enters his home where his loving wife waits with a hot meal to warm his...

James W Singer 29 December 2019

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Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico

Our Christmas week Painting of the Week is Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi (c. 1431-2) by Fra Angelico, a panel painting that includes two...

Alexandra Kiely 22 December 2019

Renaissance

The Story of the Lost Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man

Have you seen this painting? It is missing. Since 1945. On the day of reopening the Princes Czartoryski Museum, let's explore the story of one of the...

Zuzanna Stańska 19 December 2019

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Winter in Paris: Gustave Caillebotte, Rooftops in the Snow

You open your eyes to the early morning light filtering through your windows. You instantly feel the cold air of the bedroom as you see your warm...

James W Singer 15 December 2019

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Painting of the Week: The Horse Fair by Rosa Bonheur

Today's Painting of the Week is The Horse Fair, 1852-5, the great masterpiece of French realist painter Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899). Rosa Bonheur,...

Alexandra Kiely 8 December 2019