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Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Jean-Baptiste Chardin, The Monkey Painter

It’s tacky! It’s funny! It’s weird! Yes, Jean-Baptiste Chardin’s The Monkey Painter is definitely not what you would consider in good taste.

James W Singer 26 January 2020

Eastern world

Chinese New Year – the Art of Celebration

Imagine a household celebrating the Chinese New Year where children share a home and joyfully play together. They have different kinds of toys to...

Marina Kochetkova 25 January 2020

Eastern world

The Tang Shipwreck – Southeast Asia’s Maritime Heritage

Discovered near the Belitung Island in Indonesia, the Tang Shipwreck is a momentous archeological discovery of recent times that provides significant...

Maya Tola 21 January 2020

Museum Stories

Tutankhamun in London: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

For the first time in decades, the treasures of Tutankhamun - who ruled over Egypt from approximately 1334 – 1325 BCE - are on display in the...

Chris Dobson 20 January 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Chateau Noir by Paul Cézanne

Today is Paul Cézanne’s birthday (he was born on January 19, 1839), so this Painting of the Week is dedicated to him. It is his landscape Chateau...

Alexandra Kiely 19 January 2020

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...

Zuzanna Stańska 18 January 2020

Museum Stories

Around the World with the National Portrait Gallery – P.2 Europe

The National Portrait Gallery in London is due to close its doors temporarily as of June 29th, 2020. The Inspiring People gallery redevelopment will...

Joanna Kaszubowska 18 January 2020

Artist Stories

AE Russell’s Visions of Ireland

George William Russell, known as AE, painted the spirits and visions he had seen since childhood. His Irish landscapes are topographically familiar,...

Hannah Demaine 17 January 2020

Women Artists

Eleri Mills – A Deep Sense of Belonging

The colour palette in Wales at the moment is one of muted browns, dour greys and mucky khaki. So what a perfect season to come across the work of...

Candy Bedworth 16 January 2020

Literature

Book Review: Sofonisba, Portraits of the Soul

Sofonisba, Portraits of the soul is a book by Chiara Montani about the life and work of the Italian artist Sofonisba Anguissola. Sofonisba was an...

Errika Gerakiti 15 January 2020

Museum Stories

Last Chance to See: William Blake at Tate Britain

Tate Britain is the oldest of the United Kingdom's four Tate galleries, the others being the Tate Modern in London, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

Chris Dobson 14 January 2020

Renaissance

Titian’s The Death of Actaeon (Metamorphoses VIII)

A whistle-stop tour of each of the seven Poesies, which the Renaissance master delivered Philip II of Spain in the 1550s and early 1560s, finally...

Isla Phillips 13 January 2020