Avatars of Vishnu. Ten Incarnations of the Eastern GodMay 26, 2020
Vishnu has been worshipped for over 2000 years as the supreme protector of the Hindu triumvirate, along with Shiva and Brahmin. His role in the trinity is to preserve order. Whenever humanity is threatened by evil or chaos...
Eid Al-Fitr — Islamic Prayer in ArtMay 23, 2020
Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. The date is determined annually by the sighting of the moon and varies each year on the...
Apocalypse Now – Not at the Movies but in ArtMay 20, 2020
Recently, in the majority of countries all over the world, people felt like they were “in the middle of the Apocalypse”. Why does everyone naturally associate that word with the feeling of living in a huge disaster, even...
Five Translation Mistakes that Changed Art HistoryMay 14, 2020
Why did Michelangelo portray Moses with horns? Why are there monkeys in Giulio Romano’s Chamber of Giants? And why does the Nativity scene represent Jesus with an ox and a donkey? Well, these amongst others are all mistakes...
Donatello’s Mary Magdalene: Penitence and SalvationMay 5, 2020
Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, better known as Donatello, was a sculptor born around 1386 in Florence, which is also the city in which he died in 1466. His work evidences the shift towards naturalism and perspective...
Painting of the Week: Salvador Dalí, Madonna of Port LligatApril 12, 2020
Salvador Dalí’s The Madonna of Port Lligat depicts an image of Mary holding baby Jesus in her lap. However it has layers upon layers of meaning. For example symbolism that looks forward to Easter – the Crucifixion and...
Holy Week in Art. Easter Explained in PaintingsApril 11, 2020
To celebrate the Christian festival of Easter, here is the story of Holy Week and Easter explained in paintings. Palm Sunday Our ‘Easter Explained in Paintings’ manual starts with the Palm Sunday. The sixth Sunday in Lent marks...
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