WTF Art History

Art State of Mind

From Spindle and Distaff to Mass Production: Spinning in Art

There are many artistic representations of women spinning, created across time and in various places. Let’s take some of the great depictions...

Europeana 10 December 2020

The Summer Feels So Far Away! – Ten Beaches in Art

In the Northern Hemisphere, we have now the gloomy dark time of the year, where our only consolation is waiting for Christmas. The summer feels so...

Joanna Kaszubowska 8 December 2020

Theater & Cinema

Federico Fellini. The Great Italian Caricaturist

Federico Fellini is one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. He created a unique style based on fantasy, dreams,...

Marija Canjuga 2 December 2020

Art State of Mind

Artistic Families: Does Having an Artist Parent Seal Your Fate as an Artist?

Imagine growing up with an artist mother or father. Watching them create art or making work together could spark your artistic passion. And,...

Marga Patterson 26 November 2020

The International Dispute over Montezuma’s Tiara

2021 will be the year of a double anniversary for Mexicans, marking 200 years since liberation from Spanish dominion, and 500 years since the fall of...

Magda Michalska 25 November 2020

Fashion

Wearing the Message: Changing the World One Outfit at a Time

From the original silk banners worn by the Suffragettes, through to slogan T-shirts, we often quite literally wear our protest message. This...

Candy Bedworth 24 November 2020

Photography

Andrés Marti: Every Experience Generates Roots

According to Goethe, melancholy is a sense of sadness whose causes are unknown. Its symptoms are the only thing you are aware of, that’s why you...

Guest Profile 23 November 2020

Museum Stories

Best 2020 Artsy Christmas Gifts from Art Museums

It is that time of the year again! Time to buy Christmas gifts for everyone you love. And, as always, it’s probably a bit of a challenge to...

Joanna Kaszubowska 23 November 2020

Animals

Blue Faience Hippopotamuses of the World, UNITE!

Blue faience hippopotamus was a popular statuette in Ancient Egyptian art. Ancient Egyptians considered it to have positive traits associated with...

Zuzanna Stańska 22 November 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: François Boucher, La Toilette

The soft rustle of silky cloth and the hard crackling of burning wood echo against the yellow papered walls of the boudoir. The small room is...

James W Singer 22 November 2020

Love Story

Story of Pygmalion and Galatea by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

The story of Pygmalion and Galatea is an enchanting myth about a Cypriot sculptor who fell in love with his own sculpture. He prays to goddess...

Bolor Jargalsaikhan 19 November 2020

Art State of Mind

The Allure of Ruins — Architectural Decay in Art

There is a haunting beauty in architectural ruins. War or the passage of time has ravaged the magnificent feats of earlier civilizations. But in...

Maya Tola 16 November 2020