Masterpiece of the Week: “Queen Mother Idia of Benin”July 4, 2021
Africa is a beautiful continent filled with sweeping landscapes and mighty rivers. Its history is filled with great kingdoms and large empires. Its artistic legacy first began within its deep prehistory and stretches across the millennia towards the...
We Are All Summertime Venuses: Beach Bodies in ArtJune 25, 2021
Venus, who wouldn’t envy her? She is the embodiment of beauty, sexuality, and love. She is perhaps the most often depicted woman in art history. And she was born out of seafoam, what could be more romantic than that?...
The Mysterious Zodiac Project: Ai Weiwei Animal Heads ExplainedJune 15, 2021
The Zodiac Project is Ai Weiwei’s first major public sculpture. The famous Chinese artist recreated the famous twelve bronze animal heads that once adorned the Zodiac Fountain in Yuan Ming Yuan, the Old Summer Palace, in Beijing. Cast...
Tombs of Leonardo Bruni and Carlo Marsupini in the Florentine Santa Croce: Strikingly Similar or Substantially Different?June 14, 2021
In the 15th century, Florence underwent a cultural and artistic peak without parallel, architecture, painting, and sculpture were at their height. The list of outstanding sculptors who matured and created their artworks in Florence is almost endless, hence...
10 Great Women Sculptors You Should KnowJune 12, 2021
Sculpture is a very impressive form of art, dating back to ancient times. Just like traditional painting, art history has acknowledged only male sculptors. However, that doesn’t mean that women haven’t made powerful statements through sculpture. As we...
Art Treasures from the African Kingdom of BeninJune 2, 2021
Today we’ll go back in time to the 1500s when the wealth of the Benin Empire (in contemporary Nigeria) was at its peak: when Europeans traded with spices, palm kernels, gum, brass, bronze, ivory, shells, and arms; when...
Camille Claudel: Love, Despair, and Auguste RodinMay 23, 2021
There is a common saying that behind every great man, there is a great woman. It was no exception for the legendary sculptor, generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin. Meet the great Camille Claudel. The Story...
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