WTF Art History

Art State of Mind

Empty Paintings of Quarantine

We’ve all heard of the personalities who made history during quarantine: William Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine, Isaac Newton...

Guest Profile 20 May 2020

Museum Stories

Richard Saltoun Gallery: Bodily Objects – Review

Bodily Objects, curated by Philomena Epps, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London. 1.05.2020 - 30.06.2020, access online viewing room here. The business...

Guest Profile 20 May 2020

Apocalypse Now – Not at the Movies but in Art

Recently, in the majority of countries all over the world, people felt like they were “in the middle of the Apocalypse”. Why does everyone...

Camilla de Laurentis 20 May 2020

Art State of Mind

Boys with Plants in Art (Hotties Alert!)

Boys and men posing with plants and flowers is a popular theme in art. The concept was revisited on Instagram, a social media platform on the account...

Anuradha Sroha 18 May 2020

WTF Art History

How Art Inspired Game of Thrones Creators

It has been a while since Game of Thrones ran its course. Are you re-watching it during lockdown? Trying to escape our current bleak world, for the...

Joanna Kaszubowska 15 May 2020

Art Travels

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau was a French painter who painted in a Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer), which was a...

Zuzanna Stańska 14 May 2020

Women Artists

Anita Berber: Femme Fatale of the Weimar Republic

Born on 10 June, 1899 in Dresden Germany, Anita Berber shocked and entertained the cabaret and bourgeois crowd of the Weimar Republic right up to her...

Kelly Hill 14 May 2020

Art State of Mind

Rainbows for the NHS and Damien Hirst

Since lockdown came into effect in the UK, people have been putting rainbows on display to show love for key-workers. An inherent sign of hope, these...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 11 May 2020

Erotica

Female Nude Codes in Painting From Giorgione’s Venus to Odalisques and Olympias

Museums are filled with paintings of nude women. It is a very codified practice that has changed over the ages. Giorgione's Sleeping Venus inspired...

Maia Heguiaphal 5 May 2020

Erotica

The Scandalous Nudes of Gustave Courbet

In the 19th century, French painter and rebel Gustave Courbet generated outrage with his scandalous nudes. What exactly was so scandalous...

Kelly Hill 1 May 2020

Art State of Mind

Tableaux Vivants: A Long History of Recreating Art

A fanciful costume, a theatrical pose, the right light… and for a few seconds the viewer is immersed in a “living picture.” You have probably...

Guest Profile 1 May 2020

Contemporary Art

Agostino Arrivabene – A Modern Alchemist

Agostino Arrivabene (born in 1967) is a visionary yet secluded Italian contemporary artist who continues to produce outstanding surrealist works from...

Caroline Galambosova 28 April 2020