Journey to the East – Buddhist Art Across CulturesMay 12, 2020
From its beginnings in India, Buddhist art has traveled across cultures. Buddhism developed its character thanks to many pilgrims who made their journey to the east and west to propel the ideas. Although it no longer has a...
Painting of the Week: Vincent van Gogh, Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige)May 10, 2020
In the mid 19th century, Japanese ports were suddenly opened up to international trade, and Europeans went crazy for Japanese culture and art, especially woodblock prints. A new word in French, Japonisme, was even created to describe this mania for...
Nikko Toshogu ShrineApril 30, 2020
Among one of the most scenic areas of Japan, in the middle of the Honshu island, and at the foot of the Mt. Nantai volcano, lies the small city of Nikko. Besides the beautiful surroundings, it is known...
The Orientalism of Eugène Delacroix – Beware of the Colors!April 26, 2020
Eugène Delacroix was a French Romantic artist who was seen as the leader of the French Romantic school of art from the beginning of his career. 19th-century French painters, including Delacroix, loved the Orient and the style of...
Painting of the Week: Tughra of Sultan Süleiman the MagnificentApril 19, 2020
The Ottoman Empire was an exotic realm filled with sheikhs, silks, and saffron. During the 16th and 17th centuries, it reached the height of its powers and extended into several continents, crossing nations and languages. It encompassed the...
Eleonora Ragusa or O’Tama Kiyohara: Japanese Painter in SicilyApril 14, 2020
Italy still holds so many secrets to me! One of such secrets was O’Tama Kiyohara (later Eleonora Ragusa), a woman so brave to leave her homeland for her husband and so ambitious to found a Japanese art school...
Nur Jahan – the Light of the WorldApril 4, 2020
Mehr-un-Nissa was an influential woman of the Mughal era, well-known for her great beauty, unmatched intelligence, and volatile temper. As a woman in the 1600s, the tale of her rise to power and prominence is unique and noteworthy. After...
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