WTF Art History

Art History 101

Arte Povera: Aesthetics of the Ordinary

In memory of the recently deceased world-famous Italian art critic Germano Celant, who himself in 1967 invented the term Arte Povera, translated as...

Caroline Galambosova 29 December 2020

Asian Art

The Symbol of Sagittarius on the Tile Spandrels of Qaysariya Gate of Isfahan

The Qaysariya bazaar is located in the north of Naqsh-Jahan square of Isfahan. It was founded by Shah Abbas in the Safavid period. On the tile...

Guest Profile 28 December 2020

Art State of Mind

Homemade Masterpieces: Art Inspiring Creativity in Our Homes

Art enters our homes in a multitude of ways. We might see something that appeals to us in a movie, for example in The Accountant (2016) paintings by...

Sarah Mills 26 December 2020

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 25 December 2020

Art State of Mind

Holiday Inspiration: How Do Paintings Spend Christmas?

Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is here! Whether you’re religious or just enjoy a meet-up with friends and family, Christmas is an occasion to celebrate.

Magda Michalska 24 December 2020

Bizarre

The Caganer: A Christmas Tradition

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

Soledad Castillo Jara 22 December 2020

A Controversial Christmas Tree in Venice

Weighing 9 tonnes, 10 metres tall, the 2020 Christmas Tree of Venice had become a scandal before it was lit up last week. Why? Because it’s not...

Magda Michalska 22 December 2020

Art State of Mind

Not Only Queen’s Gambit – Chess in Art

Since October, the world, with many places in lockdown again, has found a new way to entertain itself. The Queen’s Gambit series, produced by...

Joanna Kaszubowska 19 December 2020

Art State of Mind

Flying Objects in Art: Celestial Bodies

When we think about flying objects we usually imagine birds, planes, kites, balloons, or even UFOs! It’s easy to forget that at one point the...

Sarah Mills 18 December 2020

Art State of Mind

You Don’t Have to Look Up to See the Stars: Astronomical Planispheres

For hundreds of years the sky has been the center of attention for many ancient tribes and cultures. Our history has been a testament to the stars.

Sofia Rodriguez Cuevas 16 December 2020

Medieval Art

Written in the Stars: Zodiac in Medieval Art

Medieval Europeans believed that the movements of the sun, moon, stars, and planets directly affected their lives on earth. They practiced what we...

Alexandra Kiely 14 December 2020

Art State of Mind

10 Masterpieces for Boosting Good Feng Shui in Your House

Feng shui is a millenary art which focuses on the flow of energy. It is most of the time related to furniture and decoration, in ancient times it was...

Sofia Rodriguez Cuevas 12 December 2020