WTF Art History

Animals

Dachshunds in Art

Dachshunds were first bred around the 15th century in Germany. Their primary purpose was to hunt small animals, particularly badgers, and they are...

Maya M. Tola 23 March 2023

Animals

See a Man About a Dog: Dogs in Paintings

The title sentence is a charming English euphemism, usually used to apologize for one’s imminent departure or absence—generally to conceal...

Joanna Kaszubowska 23 March 2023

Painting

Finest Lake Paintings in Art

I’m guessing we all have a happy memory that took place on or near a lake. Look at the sumptuous color in the James Dickson Innes (1887-1914)...

Candy Bedworth 22 March 2023

Art State of Mind

Love Art? Get an Artsy Tattoo! It Will Always Be with You

Getting a tattoo is a serious business. These days you can get them removed, but that can be more painful than getting one in the first place. So, it...

Joanna Kaszubowska 21 March 2023

Theater & Cinema

Art in Friends: The One With Paintings in Central Perk

Who doesn’t love Friends? Without a doubt, it is one of the most watched and most loved TV series in history. We all know about this group of best...

Errika Gerakiti 17 March 2023

WTF Art History

Famous People and Their Doppelgängers in Art

Doppelgänger is a word of German origin (doppel- meaning “double,” and -gänger meaning “goer”). In old German folklore, it was believed...

Vithória Konzen Dill 16 March 2023

Rosa Bonheur, Sheep by the Sea, 1865 Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Sheep by the Sea by Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur was one of the most famous European artists of the 19th century, and she was definitely the most celebrated female artist of her time.

James W Singer 16 March 2023

Ancient Greece

Persephone and the Pomegranate: Art in Ancient Greece

How has a simple, yet beautiful fruit, been the center of attention throughout history? The pomegranate is symbolic in many cultures and religions,...

Rachel Witte 11 March 2023

Johannes Vermeer, A Girl Asleep, 1656–1657, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. 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 2 March 2023

goncharova larionov romance Love Story

An Avant-Garde Love Story: Goncharova and Larionov’s Romance

Today I’ll show you an avant-garde love story, not because it’s very different from all other ones, but because it involves two avant-garde...

Magda Michalska 23 February 2023

Print with large white hare with red eyes presented frontally on pink background. The body of a hare is rounded. Asian Art

10 Rabbits in Asian Art for the Year of the Rabbit

Happy Year of the Rabbit, everyone! January 22, 2023, in the Chinese lunisolar calendar, marked the beginning of the Year of the Water Rabbit. Lunar...

Ela Bobek 22 February 2023

Erotica

The 10 Most Scandalous Nudes in Art (NSFW)

We’re here to let you in on a pretty widely known secret about art history: it is all about sex. Nude representations of men and women caused...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 February 2023