WTF Art History

chinese new year tiger, Kishi Chikudo, Detail from Tiger, Tigress and Cubs, 1892 Animals

Year of the Tiger: Chinese New Year 2022

The year of the tiger is upon us! Tigers are frequently depicted in Chinese art, but they have fascinated so many artists from across the world.

Candy Bedworth 1 February 2022

Dürer Magic Square WTF Art History

The Mystery of Dürer’s Magic Square

Many weird things appear in Albrecht Dürer’s famous engraving Melencolia. Among them is a magic constant 34 square, a well-known and enigmatic...

Zuzanna Stańska 31 January 2022

WTF Art History

Art Under Attack – 11 Famous Masterpieces Damaged by Madmen

The term vandalisme was coined in 1794 by Henri Grégoire, bishop of Blois, to describe the destruction of artwork following the French Revolution.

Zuzanna Stańska 27 January 2022

Art History 101

Contrapposto 101 – It’s All in the Pose

If you are taking an introductory art history course in school this semester, you’ll soon be talking a lot about contrapposto. I remember...

Alexandra Kiely 24 January 2022

Franz Marc Horses Animals

Franz Marc: The Painter Who Loved Horses

The German Expressionist movement had many faces. One of the most interesting of them was that of the painter Franz Marc. Marc looked to the natural...

Zuzanna Stańska 24 January 2022

Museum Of Bad Art Bizarre

What I Found in the Museum of Bad Art

MOBA, or the Museum Of Bad Art, is replete with almost anything that could be wished for in terms of the good, the bad, the very bad, the hilarious,...

Sarah Mills 24 January 2022

Saltimbanques Harlequin, 1901 and his Companion by Pablo Picasso (1901) Art State of Mind

Feeling Blue? Color Psychology and Its Use in Art

The year was 1901 when Picasso’s dear friend, Carles Casagemas, committed suicide. That same year, Picasso sunk into a deep depression during...

Bruno Guerra 22 January 2022

WTF Art History

That’s My Color! Famous Painters’ Trademark Colors

Did you know that there are some colors that you can’t use in your art? Such “painters’ trademarked colors” are owned by certain...

Wojtek Rozdzenski 22 January 2022

Art History 101

What Makes an Artwork Famous?

Michelangelo. Leonardo da Vinci. Pablo Picasso. Georgia O’Keeffe. Rembrandt. The Renaissance. Cubism. Impressionism. More than likely, you have...

Rachel Witte 20 January 2022

Dine & Wine

Strawberry Paintings Forever

There are very few who dislike strawberries, I know only two such people. I love everything about them, from texture, to smell, to taste. Painters...

Magda Michalska 20 January 2022

mushroom art Dine & Wine

Fantastic Fungi – The Tastiest Mushroom Art

My grandpa is a real expert at mushroom picking, he knows all kinds of mushrooms and he even spots the ones hidden in the high grass. I suck at this,...

Magda Michalska 20 January 2022

Dine & Wine

The Gift of Pomona – Pears in Art

Since ancient times the pear tree has been honored as a sacred tree symbolizing good health, happiness, and prosperity. At this time of the year,...

Candy Bedworth 20 January 2022