May the 4th Be with You—Archetypes in Star Wars and ArtMay 4, 2021
Today is Star Wars Day. The first documented use of the phrase “May the 4th be with you” came from Margaret Thatcher’s political party, to congratulate her on her victory in the 1979 election. The first official celebration...
Art of Opulence: Paintings of Exquisite InteriorsMay 3, 2021
The notion of painting natural landscapes has been prevalent since ancient times. It is an obvious choice, of course. What can compare with the beauty of nature? The inverse concept of depicting interior spaces, however, is a much more complex...
Wiener Werkstätte: The Viennese Design Brand You’ve Always Dreamt OfMay 2, 2021
Heard of Bauhaus? Yes.Heard of De Stijl? Yes.Heard of Wiener Werkstätte? No. No?! That’s the problem: I hadn’t heard of Wiener Werkstätte either, even though they were the most fashionable and successful Viennese design brands ever. Why is that?...
Liberty Leading the People: Delacroix, French Revolution, and ColdplayApril 26, 2021
Eugène Delacroix’s birthday is one of the illustrious anniversaries of the month of April. To honor him, one of the greatest artists of French romanticism, I present to you his masterpiece, Liberty Leading the People, probably his best-known artwork. The painting,...
Reading in Art: Six Paintings to See on World Book DayApril 23, 2021
Books have been an indispensable part of our daily lives since ancient times. From scrolls to kindles, the way we read may have evolved, however the significance of books remains constant. Since 1995, the 23rd of April has...
Celebrating the Male Body in Renaissance FlorenceApril 21, 2021
The adoration of the male body was an inspiration for many artists and there is no medium better suited to presenting the full beauty and complexity of it than sculpture. Today we will take a look at works...
The Charm of Colorful and Shiny Italian Maiolica Ceramic WaresApril 20, 2021
Maiolica ceramic wares are exquisitely decorated and vibrantly colored handmade artworks made popular during the Italian Renaissance. Their timeless beauty has inspired artists and fascinated art collectors throughout the ages. The Maiolica technique illuminated ceramics that reflected the...
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