WTF Art History

Animals

The World Of Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann In 16th Century

Hans Hoffmann was a 16th-century German painter and draftsman. He was an artist on the Rudolph II's court (the one who loved arts and was probably...

Zuzanna Stańska 20 January 2018

Fernando Botero And His Remakes Of Classic Masterpieces

I must tell you something in secret - I love Fernando Botero's works. There is something really interesting in his paintings. This Colombian...

Zuzanna Stańska 15 January 2018

Artist

Symbolism in Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

[caption id="attachment_8171" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beata Beatrix, c.1863-70, Tate Britain[/caption] Rossetti...

Bolor Jargalsaikhan 13 January 2018

Art History 101

Everything You Should Know About Orientalism

Nineteenth-century Europeans were fascinated by Near East and North Africa. Everything began roughly around the time of the Napoleonic invasion of...

Magda Michalska 12 January 2018

Art History 101

Women’s Place Is In The Kitchen: The Story of Dutch Genre Painting

One of the unquestionable masters of Dutch genre painting was Jan Vermeer. However, today I want to present two less known painters: Peter de Hooch...

Magda Michalska 11 January 2018

Artist Stories

Legend of Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Works of the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti often resonate with his personal experiences in life and love. Especially, the lush...

Bolor Jargalsaikhan 5 January 2018

Watch Sister Wendy Commenting Mark Rothko

Sister Wendy is an institution. She is a British hermit, consecrated virgin, and art historian who became well known internationally during the 1990s...

Zuzanna Stańska 28 December 2017

Bizarre

Why Babies in Medieval Paintings Look Like Ugly Old Men

The reason is: at the time, philosophers thought that Christ was born like a "perfectly formed and unchanged" man, aka he came out looking like a...

Zuzanna Stańska 9 December 2017

Artist

The True Story Of American Gothic According to SNL

If you ever wondered how famous paintings were created, how exactly looked the process of creation, setting up the sitters, choosing their poses...

Zuzanna Stańska 5 December 2017

Animals

Holy Cow! Why Did The Dutch Painters Love Cows?

Every time I look at 17th-century Dutch landscape paintings, I ask myself the same question: WHY DO THEY ALWAYS SHOW COWS? You think it’s a...

Magda Michalska 4 December 2017

Art Forms

A Painterly Look Into Sculptors’ Studios

Painting and sculpture have always had a rather complicated relationship, with artists arguing for the superiority of one or the other. Yet, in the...

Magda Michalska 29 November 2017

Artist

Running In Museums? Run with Martin Creed

Have you ever entered a museum five minutes before closing and thus had to run to see as much as possible? Such a thing happened to Martin Creed, a...

Magda Michalska 27 November 2017