Gradiva: What Did Freud and the Surrealists See in Her?April 27, 2020
A woman who walks. That’s what Gradiva (the name of an anonymous woman from an antique bas-relief) means, as given by a fictional character from a novella by Wilhelm Jensen. In other words, it’s an invented name for...
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...
How to Look Great: Rococo Women Beauty GuideMarch 28, 2020
How to look great? That is the question! Let’s refer to the most splendid and opulent period of history: the 18th century. The Enlightenment era was likely the first feminist wave because of the powerful women who came...
The Window and the Pitchfork: The Story Behind Wood’s American GothicMarch 25, 2020
Under the blue sky of Iowa, a man and a woman stand solemnly in front of their house. They are farmers as suggested by their clothing and the pitchfork the man is holding. This is Wood’s American Gothic,...
Painting of the Week: Rachel Ruysch, Vase with FlowersMarch 22, 2020
March is Women’s History Month, and to continue celebrating our artistic diversity let’s discuss one of the greatest still-life artists: Rachel Ruysch. Still-life paintings do not draw the crowds at museums. They are often overlooked and skipped by...
10 Things You Should Know About Peter Paul RubensMarch 7, 2020
Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish artist. Considered one of the greatest exponents of the Baroque, he is best known for his mythological, allegorical and religious paintings. He was born in Siegen (Holy Roman Empire, now Germany) in...
Chinese New Year – the Art of CelebrationJanuary 25, 2020
Imagine a household celebrating the Chinese New Year where children share a home and joyfully play together. They have different kinds of toys to play with; two children play with a puppet hanging from a pole, like out...
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