WTF Art History

Cats

Louis Wain and His Weird Cats

The British artist Louis Wain was a highly successful illustrator, mainly known for his humorous graphics of cats. His quirky feline pictures were...

Marta Wiktoria Bryll 9 November 2020

Literature

15 Books About Art to Read During Quarantine

Hopefully you are all in good health as the coronavirus rampages through the world! As quarantine seems to be the order of the day again and DailyArt...

Joanna Kaszubowska 7 November 2020

Wonderful Paintings Inspired by Famous Literary Couples

Art & Literature have been ‘a thing‘ for centuries and they’re still at it. We have plucked a few worthy fruits of their union...

Giordana Goretti 6 November 2020

Miyatake Gaikotsu and his Puzzling Postcards

At the beginning of the 20th century, when Japan started embracing the West and rapid industrialization of almost all aspects of life, Miyatake...

Magda Michalska 4 November 2020

Literature

The Art of Ekphrasis: 5 Novels that Deftly Describe Art

Describing works of art is an essential part of art history and even as a research method in itself. And yet, description is also often dismissed as...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 2 November 2020

Bizarre

Halloween Special: Horror in Art

Horror isn’t an element only of the movies or literature. Artists throughout time have painted repulsive and ghastly themes. For example, a...

Errika Gerakiti 31 October 2020

Top 10 Weird Christian Relics

Heads, shoulders, knees, and toes… Saintly toes? The variety of saintly relics really offers it all. I hope all of this is not too morbid for...

Marta Wiktoria Bryll 30 October 2020

Women Artists

The Art of Mia Makila: 13 Important Questions

Viewing the art of Mia Makila is like walking into a labyrinthine psyche masquerading as a shop. You open the door, the bell rings, and you realise...

Sarah Mills 30 October 2020

Gifs

An Animated Cabinet of Curiosities – The Best Art GIFs

What happens when old paintings, photos, illustrations and posters which are available digitally are shared with digital artists to play with and...

Europeana 26 October 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Perseus Rescuing Andromeda by Cavaliere d’Arpino

The roar of the sea monster blends with the screams of the scared princess! The chained beauty awaits her bloody death as the ugly beast lurches...

James W Singer 25 October 2020

Dine & Wine

Do You “Pronkstill”Even? Social Media of the Dutch Golden Age

Carefully arranged plates of food surrounded by carefully planned out backgrounds, images with hidden meanings, a snapshot of wealth… What may...

Rachel Witte 24 October 2020

Baroque

Vermeer’s Desperate Housewives

Johannes Vermeer was a master of ambiguity. His silent and calm interiors, and beautiful Dutch women, although innocent at first glance, seem to be...

Magda Michalska 23 October 2020