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Painting of the Week: François Boucher, Madame de Pompadour

François Boucher (1703 – 1770) was the most celebrated French painter of the 18th century. His painting Madame de Pompadour captures the beautiful...

James W Singer 1 September 2019

Theater & Cinema

Through Scissors and Shadows: The Art and Films of Lotte Reiniger

Late one night while struggling with a bit of insomnia, I was channel surfing. I came across a stunning and hypnotic, silent, animated film that was...

Nadine Waldmann 31 August 2019

Design

The Last Craftsman. Exploring Henry van de Velde and the Passage of Modernism

Until 1972, the Museen zu Berlin exhibited, among other things, a teapot and its accompanying set. From above, the teapot is around 22 centimetres...

Geoffrey Bunting 30 August 2019

Season for Bacchus and Wine

My grandpa grows vines in his little garden so I have a chance to see them grow and mature. And since September starts the season of maturing vines,...

Magda Michalska 29 August 2019

Impressionism

Florence Griswold – “Patron Saint” of American Impressionism

Florence Griswold wasn't an artist or even an art collector, but she was a key figure in American Impressionism. The New York Times even called her...

Alexandra Kiely 28 August 2019

Photography

10 Most Famous Rayographs of Man Ray

Man Ray is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century and today is his birthday! On this occasion let's have a look at his famous...

Errika Gerakiti 27 August 2019

Romanticism

The Poetry in Painting — Turner’s Ovid in Exile

This petite (9.46 x 12.50 cm) oil on canvas by J.M.W. Turner contains big things: big landscapes, big stories and big skies. It is an imagined scene...

Isla Phillips 26 August 2019

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Djanira da Motta e Silva, Três Orixás

Djanira pictured a very unusual Holy Trinity made of three deities from the Afrobrazilian Pantheon. They are accompanied by musicians playing drums...

Alicja Gluszek 25 August 2019

Eastern world

Miniature Paintings of the Mughal Empire

The Mughals descended from a lineage of formidable conquerors such as Genghis Khan and Amir Timur. They were themselves the most dominant force in...

Maya Tola 23 August 2019

Women Artists

Dame Ethel Walker – A Sensitive Portrait

Summer is on her way out the door, signalled by darker nights and chilly mornings. But before we bid her farewell, let’s take a look at one more...

Candy Bedworth 22 August 2019

Artist Stories

An Introduction to Lee Ufan

Lee Ufan is a Korean born international artist, whose work is key to the Mono-ha movement. If you have ever been lucky enough to encounter a Lee Ufan...

Isla Phillips 21 August 2019

Sport

All about Sailing in Painting

I've sailed only once or twice in my whole life but I can still remember the empowering feeling of liberation that I felt when on the water. Sailing...

Magda Michalska 20 August 2019