Art History 101
Masterpiece of the Week: Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms by Pieter Aertsen
The Best of Dutch Still Life: 6 Famous PaintersAugust 14, 2021
In the art world, it is commonly agreed upon that still life painting as a genre rose in the Northern and Spanish Netherlands in the last quarter of the 16th century. The term still life comes from the Dutch word...
A Small Guide to Still Life SymbolsAugust 13, 2021
You may think that all those marvelous Dutch still lifes from the 16th and 17th centuries were just some random sets of fruits, vegetables, and skulls. But guess what, they all had their hidden meaning! The still life...
Drama on Canvas – Dramatic Scenes in PaintingAugust 12, 2021
Although performing arts may be the popular avenue to convey drama, visual arts are also a powerful medium for the subject matter. Visual artists have explored many exhilarating and morbid themes to convey drama on canvas. The unfolding...
Top 5 Most Famous Print Series in ArtAugust 11, 2021
Printmaking, the art of printing artworks on paper, developed in the 15th century when paper became widely available in Europe. Gutenberg’s printing press revolutionized the availability of knowledge and the way it was shared. Artists all over Europe...
Genres Explained: Still Life in PaintingAugust 11, 2021
Let’s explore the history of still life through a selection of 10 paintings corresponding to two key moments: the 17th century in the Netherlands, and the 19th century in France. Dutch and Flemish artists painted still lifes with...
Remarkable Roma – Astonishing Works By and About Gypsy and Traveller PeopleAugust 10, 2021
Think of Gypsies or Roma people in art – what comes to mind? When we look to traditional art history, it is really rather disappointingly scarce. If Roma people are depicted at all, it is with a romantic...
Fruits, Flowers, and Death: Still Lifes in Art HistoryAugust 9, 2021
Still lifes are one of the most recurrent and well-known themes in art history. These subjects are usually representations of inanimate objects such as fruits, sumptuous bouquets of flowers, succulent feasts of food, or man-made objects such as...
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