WTF Art History

Painting

The Best Time of the Year: Christmas in Art

To many of us, the Christian religious and cultural celebration called Christmas is surely one of our favorite times of the year. Burl Ives famously...

Pola Otterstein 24 December 2021

WTF Art History

The Caganer: A Christmas Tradition

As Christmas approaches, many of us are probably decorating our homes for the holidays. Even though this year again we might not be able to gather...

Soledad Castillo Jara 24 December 2021

Art State of Mind

The 12 Days of Christmas

In the spirit of the festive season, our gift to you is the 12 days of Christmas retold in artworks. The Twelve Days of Christmas is a carol with...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 22 December 2021

Dine & Wine

Come Dine with Art History: Famous Feasts in Art

Socrates said that “we eat to live, not live to eat” (although his wife must have thought differently since according to legend she was...

Magda Michalska 22 December 2021

Dine & Wine

Fish Paintings for Christmas Eve Dinners

In many cultures, Christmas Eve dinner does not include any meat or alcohol because one should keep a vigil fasting and expecting the feastings of...

Magda Michalska 22 December 2021

Dine & Wine

Chocolate in Painting for a Cozy Evening

Although December has been extremely warm this year, I still crave a good old hot chocolate and a cozy evening under the blankets. We present to you...

Magda Michalska 22 December 2021

Dine & Wine

Cooking in Pictures—The Food of Art and the Art of Food

Long before Julia Child published Mastering the Art of French Cooking, artists the world over had already made the connection between food and art.

Ledys Chemin 22 December 2021

Dine & Wine

The Scent of Orange in the Wintery Air: Portraits with Oranges

What does winter smell to you like? For me, it’s the scent of cinnamon-spiced gingerbread, mulled wine, and of course mandarins. My grandma...

Magda Michalska 21 December 2021

Review

History of Ugliness by Umberto Eco – A Sublime Journey Through Horrid Texts and Faces of the Western World

This book stood on one of my shelves for far too long. The compelling ugliness of its cover attracted me each time I longingly glanced at it. Now...

Giordana Goretti 20 December 2021

Long Read

What is a Wunderkammer? Best Cabinets of Curiosities

The characteristic of arousing surprise for the observer is typical for the so-called Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosities. These are real rooms of...

Caroline Galambosova 20 December 2021

Striding Lion, 604-562 BCE, glazed clay bricks, Processional Way, Babylon, Iraq, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Striding Lion from the Ishtar Gate

Striding Lion is a masterpiece of Mesopotamian art through its monumental size and composition. It symbolizes the strength of King Nebuchadnezzar II...

James W Singer 19 December 2021

Dadaism

4 Readymades by Marcel Duchamp You Should Know

Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player, and writer whose work is associated with Cubism,...

Zuzanna Stańska 15 December 2021