WTF Art History

Escape to the Forest: The Birth of Barbizon School

During the 19th century, the most promising artists trained at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris. The academy taught its pupils...

Gokce Dyson 12 April 2021

WTF Art History

Secrets of Ghost Photography in the 19th Century

Spirit photography, photographs that allegedly show ghosts, have always captured the eye. They are peculiar, bizarre, but above all else horrifying.

Sofia Rodriguez Cuevas 11 April 2021

Art State of Mind

Art Activist Barbie, When Playful Protests Indicate Gender Inequality in Art

Art Activist Barbie has been showing up in museums and galleries for over three years, criticizing the male-dominated art world. Holding a lollipop...

Errika Gerakiti 8 April 2021

Animals

Famous Lobsters in Art

Lobsters, large marine crustaceans, have been eaten by humans since prehistoric times. They became a delicacy by the Roman period. They were also...

Zuzanna Stańska 7 April 2021

Bizarre

A Hero and Mythical Creatures: Famous Spiders in Art

Spiders disturb the majority of the people. Even though they are much smaller, and thus much less powerful than us, we cannot help but fear their...

Belkıs Pesen 6 April 2021

European Art

Victorian Feminists and Their Supernatural Powers

The Victorian feminists in 19th century England paved the way for the women’s movement across the world. The “New Woman,” as she was...

Anastasia Manioudaki 3 April 2021

European Art

Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Victorians

What do we think of when we ponder the Victorian era? I for one almost always think of steam trains, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Sherlock...

Sarah Mills 1 April 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Still Life with Mackerel by Anne Vallayer-Coster

Anne Vallayer-Coster was one of the foremost still-life painters in 18th century France. She was enormously prolific and extremely popular. Her works...

James W Singer 28 March 2021

Interview

The Story of Norman Rockwell’s Forgotten Model

Much has been written about many of Norman Rockwell’s neighbors who posed as models for his many illustrations and Saturday Evening Post covers.

Guest Profile 27 March 2021

Music

Opera: A Brief History of the Total Work of Art

When we think of opera, art is not the first thing that comes to mind. Opera simply means “work” and it can sometimes seem over-the-top and...

Ledys Chemin 27 March 2021

Dine & Wine

Picnic Time! Best Picnic Inspirations From Art

The days are getting warmer and longer and all I can think about are picnics and barbecues; when the sun is shining, the grass is green and birds are...

Magda Michalska 20 March 2021

Art State of Mind

Birdies, Flowers and Virgins: the Real Meanings of Spring in Art

Spring is my favorite season and it seems to have been a favorite season of many artists throughout art history. Is it for its blossoming flowers,...

Magda Michalska 19 March 2021