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  • Ardhanarishvara – Androgynous Portrayal of Shiva and Parvati

    By December 5, 2019

    The composite form of Shiva and his consort, Shakti (another name for Parvati) is known as the Ardhanarishvara or the ‘God who is half-woman’. While the mythos of the Ardhanarishvara appeared in early Puranic scriptures, the concept and...

  • An Art Advent Calendar of Nativities

    By November 30, 2019

    Tomorrow is December and that means it is the countdown until Christmas Day. To celebrate, here is an art advent calendar of Nativity scenes; arranged in chronological order. 1. Domenico di Ghirlandaio Domenico Ghirlandaio was an Italian Renaissance...

  • Painting of the Week: Fra Filippo Lippi, Madonna and Child with Two Angels

    By November 17, 2019

    On the surface, Fra Filippo Lippi’s, Madonna and Child with Two Angels appears to be another typical Renaissance painting of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. It is beautifully painted in bold colours, smooth lines, and fine...

  • Iconography of Ganesh

    By November 12, 2019

    Ganesh is the patron God of writers and intellectuals, and arguably the most well-known of the Hindu Gods. He is worshipped across all sects of Hindus and also by Buddhists and Jains. Mantras and rituals dedicated to Ganesh are...

  • Isenheim Altarpiece: A Crucifixion Like No Other

    By November 1, 2019

    There are real and fictional characters anchored in our collective unconscious. Their recurring presence in art history illustrates more than just our fascinations, fashions, or concerns. Studying them also provides an understanding of past and present societies—their problems,...

  • Gods of the Hindu Trinity. Representation in Art

    By October 23, 2019

    The Hindu trinity comprises Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the preserver and Shiva (or Mahesh), the destroyer. These three Gods represent the cyclical nature of our existence from birth, preservation, destruction to subsequent regeneration. These Gods are identifiable in their artistic...

  • Open to Influences – Arthur Hacker and his Mary with Many Qualities

    By October 12, 2019

    Arthur Hacker was a painter of the late Victorian era. Painting a spectrum of subjects, everything from society portraiture, classical, religious and mythological works, to scenes of peasant life and landscape. His style is too ambiguous to define...

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