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Crowning the May Queen in Art

The May Queen is the personification of springtime. Crowned with fresh flowers, she leads her people to the Maypole for fun and frolicking. A maiden...

Candy Bedworth 10 May 2024

Sickness in art: Carmen Lomas Garza, La Curandera, 1989, The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, ©Carmen Lomas Garza - The Art of Being Sick Art State of Mind

The Art of Being Sick

As much as we wish otherwise, we all get sick sometimes. And though the pandemic seems to be in the past we still have to be cautious and thoughtful.

Joanna Kaszubowska 8 May 2024

Bizarre

Stendhal Syndrome: An Art Attack?

If you’ve witnessed someone fainting in front of great masterpieces, it could have been Stendhal Syndrome—an art lover’s...

Zuzanna Stańska 8 May 2024

Renaissance

Mona Lisa’s Illnesses

Everyone has heard about the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece at the Louvre in Paris. But you have probably never heard about… her...

Camilla de Laurentis 8 May 2024

Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait with Cigarette, 1895, National Gallery of Norway, Oslo, Norway. Art State of Mind

4 Artists Who Suffered from Mental Illness (And How It Affected Their Art)

Vincent van Gogh is well-known for his iconic works, and for a particular event from his personal life: the artist spent some time in a psychiatric...

Rute Ferreira 8 May 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Death of Barbara Radziwiłł by Józef Simmler

The National Museum in Warsaw is one of the largest museums in Poland and boasts an extensive art collection. Among its body of works is The Death of...

James W Singer 8 May 2024

Fashion

Fashion Icons in Art

Art and fashion are often intertwined, and isn’t fashion a form of art after all? Not only can visual arts represent the fashion icons that marked...

Vithória Konzen Dill 6 May 2024

Quiz

QUIZ: The Nude in Art

Candy Bedworth 4 May 2024

Ernest Higgins Rigg, The Potato Pickers, undated, Bradford Museums, UK. ArtUK. Dine & Wine

The Potato in Fine Art

Do you prefer your potatoes in a landscape or in a still life or in a stew? Come with me on a tour of the humble potato in art.

Candy Bedworth 3 May 2024

Art History 101

A Small Guide to Still Life Symbols

You may think that all those marvelous Dutch still lifes from the 16th and 17th centuries were just some random sets of fruits, vegetables, and...

Zuzanna Stańska, Nicole Ganbold 3 May 2024

Dine & Wine

Cooking in Pictures—The Food in Art and the Art of Food

Long before Julia Child published Mastering the Art of French Cooking, artists had already made the connection between food and art. But how to...

Ledys Chemin 3 May 2024

Dine & Wine

The Best Autumn Foods in Still Life Paintings

I love everything about autumn – the cool, crisp air, the warm sweaters, the sense that the holiday season will soon arrive. But most of all, I...

Alexandra Kiely 3 May 2024