Erotica

Erotica

Best Male Nudes in Art History (NSFW!)

Nudity in art first became significant in ancient Greece. The athletic competitions at religious festivals celebrated the male body as an embodiment...

Anuradha Sroha 18 July 2020

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Lesbian Love and Sex in Art History

Lesbian love and sex is an often hidden part of humanity. Furthermore, it seems like it was always so. However, there are few examples from the...

Marija Canjuga 30 June 2020

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Tom of Finland: the Artist Who Created the Village People’s Look

Meet Tom of Finland, the artist that inspired the looks of Freddie Mercury and the Village People. He was friends with Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy...

Joanna Kaszubowska 29 June 2020

Contemporary Art

Pink Unicorns, Cowboys and Candy Clouds: Welcome to Will Cotton’s Own Wild West

New York-based artist Will Cotton is widely known for his distinctive iconography and style. Even those uninterested in art will recognize his candy...

Yasmin Ozkan 28 June 2020

Contemporary Art

Modern Transgender Art

While individuals who identify as transgender have existed for a very long time, the concept is still a taboo topic in many fields – including art...

Marta Wiktoria Bryll 26 June 2020

Bizarre

The Curious Lure and Strange Beauty of Ancient Anatomical Votives

Eerie, mysterious, and fascinating, ancient anatomical votives represent literal parts of people’s past. When most people think of a votive object,...

Marga Patterson 12 June 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

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

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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

Surrealism

Gradiva: What Did Freud and the Surrealists See in Her?

A woman who walks. That's what Gradiva (the name of an anonymous woman from an antique bas-relief) means, as given by a fictional character from a...

Magda Michalska 27 April 2020

Museum Stories

Whitechapel’s Radical Figures and the Famous Paintings that Inspired Them

In Whitechapel Gallery’s Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium, ten of today’s key figurative painters use historical art...

Yasmin Ozkan 18 March 2020