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3 Things You Might Not Know About The Birth of Venus
It’s Valentines season, so what better thing to do than to meditate on the things you love, and of course, Venus definitively conquers all at this time of year. Art history’s love of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is a long-term serious relationship but perhaps we can...
Art History 101
10 Things You Need To Know About Jan Van Eyck
Jan van Eyck was a Flemish painter active in Bruges who was born in 1390 and died in 1441. He was one of the innovators of what became known as Early Netherlandish painting, and one of the most significant representatives of Early Northern Renaissance art. His...
Painting of the Week
Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico
Our Christmas week Painting of the Week is Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi (c. 1431-2) by Fra Angelico, a panel painting that includes two scenes closely related to the story of Christmas. Fra Angelico (born Guido di Pietro, c. 1395-1455) was a Dominican monk from...
Ardhanarishvara – Androgynous Portrayal of Shiva and Parvati
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 iconography were formulated in the Kushan era around...
An Art Advent Calendar of Nativities
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 painter from Florence, who mainly painted frescoes in...