WTF Art History

Love Story

Aristocratic Marriage Like in the Bridgerton Series

Three Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen is a huge triple portrait of the Montgomery sisters by Sir Joshua Reynolds. It thematizes aristocratic marriage...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 11 April 2022

Love Story

Raphael and La Fornarina – The Love Story

Margarita Luti is also known as “La Fornarina”, which means “the baker’s daughter”. According to legend, she was the...

Zuzanna Stańska 10 April 2022

Medieval Art

The Unicorn Tapestries – Allegory of Christ, or a Happy Husband?

The Unicorn Tapestries are a set of medieval tapestries depicting the hunt for a unicorn. They’re probably the most famous tapestries ever, and...

Alexandra Kiely 9 April 2022

Art State of Mind

Art in the Golden Hour

The golden hour is a brief and awe inspiring moment filled with the most radiant light, intense colors, and deep shadows. For centuries artists have...

Marga Patterson 7 April 2022

meme-making WTF Art History

Meme-Making: Dutch Medieval Illustrations Breathe a Memetic Life!

Do you think a meme is the millennial method of transmission of knowledge? You scroll no more than a few inches on any digital social media platform,...

Urvi Chheda 4 April 2022

Animals

The Medieval Bestiary – Cute, Quirky, and Weird Animals

Of all the medieval manuscripts, bestiaries are definitely the most fun. A medieval bestiary is a book about animals. It’s full of unusual...

Alexandra Kiely 4 April 2022

Video

Watch the Hedgehogs from Medieval Bestiaries Come to Life!

I love animals from Medieval bestiaries. They are truly beautiful. So when I came across this video animating the hedgehog described in Latin...

Zuzanna Stańska, Nicole Ganbold 4 April 2022

Theater & Cinema

H. R. Giger: Father of the Alien, Nightmares, and All Things Obscure

H.R. Giger is the pioneer of Fantastic Realism. His artworks are iconic and define the very notion of sci-fi horror. His biomechanical dreamscapes...

Errika Gerakiti 4 April 2022

A city street on a rainy day. Art State of Mind

Rain in Art – Paintings for Pluviophiles

The causal relationship between weather and human emotion is evident on those unbearably hot summer days that result in feelings of despair and...

Maya M. Tola 4 April 2022

WTF Art History

The Unbelievable Story of Killer Rabbits in Medieval Manuscripts

If you ever watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you probably remember the scene when the vicious killer bunny (which, as we remember, is a...

Zuzanna Stańska 4 April 2022

WTF Art History

10 Times When Egon Schiele Mastered Hip Hop Hand Gestures

Art is a serious thing. But sometimes some associations once they pop up in your head just can’t disappear. I didn’t find any scientific...

Zuzanna Stańska 1 April 2022

Animals

Five Fun Facts About Gargoyles – Quirky Creatures of the Middle Ages and Beyond

Everybody loves gargoyles! I used to think I was alone in this, but I’ve come to learn that’s not at all true. In case any of you...

Alexandra Kiely 1 April 2022