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Allegories of Autumn – Top Ten Sensational Symbolic Artworks

What does Autumn mean to you? Traditionally, it meant the abundance of the harvest, a celebration of ripeness and maturity. Museums and galleries are...

Candy Bedworth 23 September 2023

Art State of Mind

Dive into the World of Fairy Tales with Čiurlionis

Wouldn’t it be nice to immerse yourself in a fairy tale? Hike among the heroes, fight monsters, visit enchanted lands… It would be a nice...

Guest Profile 21 September 2023

game of thrones art: Left: Alexandre Cabanel, Fallen Angel, 1847, Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France. Detail. Right: Sansa Stark.  WTF Art History

How Art Inspired the Game of Thrones

It has been a while since Game of Thrones ran its course. Are you planning to re-watch it anytime soon? Trying to escape our current bleak world, for...

Joanna Kaszubowska 21 September 2023

Art State of Mind

The British Landscape in Art

The British Landscape: where do we start? From Turner to Hogan the British landscape presents a constant challenge to artists to capture its elusive...

Sarah Mills 20 September 2023

Winterfled Diptych: Mary Magdalene Raised by Angels WTF Art History

Why Is She So Hairy? Iconography of Mary Magdalene

Whenever I come across Gothic or early Renaissance representations of Mary Magdalene I always ask myself this question – why is she so hairy? Keep...

Magda Michalska 19 September 2023

South American Art

Fernando Botero and His Remakes of Classic Masterpieces

I must tell you something in secret – I love Fernando Botero’s works. Many of his works were inspired by classic art. Or maybe...

Zuzanna Stańska, Aniela Rybak-Vaganay 15 September 2023

WTF Art History

Listen to the Butt Music on Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights is a three-part altarpiece showing the Garden of Eden on the left and a vision of hell on the right.

Zuzanna Stańska 15 September 2023

discarding image: Rothschild Canticles, Flanders, c. 1300 Medieval Art

The Best of Discarding Images

During the Middle Ages, illuminated manuscripts were first used in the Roman Catholic Church for liturgical services and prayers. The popularity of...

Anna Ingram 15 September 2023

Animals

7 Images of Dürer’s Animals That Are Better Than Trip to a Zoo

Albrecht Dürer’s keen interest in nature was a typical manifestation of Renaissance curiosity. Animals were not generally considered to be...

Zuzanna Stańska 14 September 2023

Art State of Mind

Art and Math: Aesthetics of Calculations

Do you like math? Well, many of us might have had some problems with it when we were in school (I, for one, had many!) and got fed up with it. So...

Rute Ferreira 13 September 2023

Renaissance

All You Should Know About Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia I

A renowned print, famously titled “Melencolia I” and crafted by Albrecht Dürer, stands as one of the most captivating works in art...

Zuzanna Stańska 13 September 2023

Erotica

Sex, Love, and Death in Ancient Peru: Erotic Gallery – Museo Larco

Hidden underground for hundreds of years, depictions of sex, love, and erotica in Andean pre-Columbian art are now proudly displayed in the Erotic...

Bruno Guerra 12 September 2023