WTF Art History

Dine & Wine

Prost! Oktoberfest in Paintings

Oktoberfest, as the name suggests, is a traditional German beer festival held annually in October. Unfortunately this year, as well as last year, the [...]

Magda Michalska , Nicole Ganbold 16 October 2021

Artist Stories

A Perfect World of Perfect Women in James Tissot’s Paintings

This title might be a little controversial. In fact, critics find the term demimondaine to be more accurate when describing Tissot’s series of [...]

Magda Michalska 15 October 2021

Renaissance

Titian Revisited: Grand Old Man of the Renaissance or Dirty Old Man?

Titian’s sensuous interpretation of Classical myths of love, temptation, and punishment came together for the first time in nearly 500 years, at [...]

Guest Profile 13 October 2021

WTF Art History

Biggest Art Heists in History

Movies on thefts and art heists are making huge box office hits for their great action and wit. However, even if real art heists have been sometimes [...]

Irina Diana Calu 12 October 2021

Art State of Mind

5 Positive Effects of Art on Mental Health

It is scientifically proven that art can have positive effects on our mood and can help improve our mental health. But what is it about art that [...]

Nina Relf 11 October 2021

Love Story

Unhappily Ever After: Unequal Marriage by Vasili Pukirev

Vasili Pukirev’s painting Unequal Marriage has a legend about it: allegedly, after looking at it, all the elderly grooms refused to marry their [...]

Elizaveta Ermakova 7 October 2021

Museum Stories

The Best Museum Instagram Accounts

We all love to scroll through Instagram for an aesthetically pleasing distraction from the real world. Museums arguably provide some of the most [...]

Nina Relf 6 October 2021

Architecture

World’s Most Beautiful Libraries You Should Know

Around this time of year, most schools and universities welcome back their students as a new semester begins. As we all know, the past year has been [...]

Magda Michalska 6 October 2021

Women Artists

Female vs. Male Gaze: Suzanne Valadon’s Reclining Nude

Female nudes are prevalent throughout art history. There are the ancient mythological goddesses, the Biblical Eves and Susannas, and then there are [...]

Lauren Kraut 5 October 2021

Symbols

Paintings within Paintings: Time to Go Meta in the Art World

A few weeks ago, the art world celebrated the complete restoration of Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window. It turns out that on [...]

Jimena Escoto 3 October 2021

Art State of Mind

The Ultimate Question: Why Should You Learn About Art?

Art creates emotions and, generally, you either like a certain piece of art or you don’t. But despite that, what is valid for everything else is [...]

Petra Dragasevic 1 October 2021

WTF Art History

Famous People and Their Doppelgängers in Art

Doppelgänger is a word of German origin (doppel- meaning “double,” and -gänger meaning “goer”). In old German folklore, it [...]

Vithória Konzen Dill 1 October 2021