WTF Art History

Painting

Famous Autumn Paintings Created by Famous Artists

Autumn in is the full swing. Where I am now, is pretty gloomy and grey, I really need to look at beautiful and colorful autumn paintings created by...

Zuzanna Stańska 23 October 2022

Art State of Mind

Breastfeeding in Public Paintings Allowed Here!

Breastfeeding in public recurs in the public debate from time to time. Whether it’s a legal, ethical, or aesthetic matter… Whether...

Magda Michalska 19 October 2022

mushroom art Dine & Wine

Fantastic Fungi: The Tastiest Mushroom Art

Autumn is a real mushroom season, so let’s have a look at some tasty, quirky and trippy fungi paintings that will inspire you to go mushroom...

Magda Michalska 16 October 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera by Jean-Antoine Watteau

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721) was the most influential French painter of the 18th century. His painting Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera...

James W Singer 10 October 2022

Love Story

Paint Me Like One of Your French Girls: The Life and Business of Agostina Segatori

Agostina Segatori’s face is most widely recognized in the works of famous artists between 1860 and 1887. Her Italian features inspired many...

Yasmin Ozkan 10 October 2022

Medieval Art

The Wonder and Glory of Medieval Portable Shrines

For devoted Christians, a portable shrine provided an immediate and intimate way to connect to a higher power within a monastic space or the privacy...

Marga Patterson 3 October 2022

Love Story

Flaming June or Dorothy Dene? A Muse of Frederic Leighton

In 1879, Frederic Leighton’s biographer and neighbor (that’s handy, isn’t it?), Mrs. Barrington, noticed “a young girl with a lovely white...

Magda Michalska 13 September 2022

Giorgio Vasari, St Luke Painting the Virgin WTF Art History

Best Gossips on Renaissance Artists by Giorgio Vasari

Known as the first art historian, Giorgio Vasari wrote the legendary book The Lives of the Artists. The book was published in 1550 and followed...

Anna Ingram 8 September 2022

Art State of Mind

Last Days of Summer in Art

The end of summer is approaching and these last days of sunshine create a kind of melancholic feeling. You would probably like to reflect on the past...

Michel Rutten 31 August 2022

Painting

All About Sailing in Painting

I’ve sailed only once or twice in my whole life but I can still remember the empowering feeling of liberation that I felt when on the water.

Magda Michalska 26 August 2022

Bizarre

Wild Women of the Waves – Art of Ships Figureheads

A figurehead is a carved and painted figure ornamenting the bow of a ship (that’s the front to us landlubbers!). For thousands of years, people...

Candy Bedworth 26 August 2022

Art State of Mind

Blue in Art

Is blue your favorite color? Even if it is not the case, look at a trio of famous blues from 20th century art history. Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso,...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 23 August 2022