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Women Artists

Anita Malfatti: The First Modernist of Brazil

Portraits of women made by other women are always worthy of attention. The representation of a woman by another is often less idealized or...

Rute Ferreira 19 February 2023

Dine & Wine

Fat Thursday: Keep Eating and Never Regret

​​Doughnuts, doughnuts… who wouldn’t be tempted by one freshly out of the bakery, covered in a sweet coating and with a warm, creamy...

Magda Michalska 16 February 2023

Animals

Blue Faience Hippopotamuses of the World – Unite!

Blue faience hippopotamus was a popular statuette in ancient Egyptian art. They considered it to have positive traits associated with fertility and...

Zuzanna Stańska 15 February 2023

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Eruption of Mount Vesuvius by Pierre-Jacques Volaire

The ground shakes and rumbles as the nearby mountain awakens with smoke emerging from its peaks.  The land trembles more and a fiery blast shoots...

James W Singer 12 February 2023

Art History 101

The Art of Botanical Illustration

Today’s photographic capabilities are a better means of capturing the beauty and inner workings of plants; however, that has not always been the...

Rachel Witte 11 February 2023

Design

Natural Shine – Nature Inspired Jewelry from the V&A Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a fantastic collection of jewelry. This time we will take a look at pieces inspired by natural forms.

Joanna Kaszubowska 9 February 2023

Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1781, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, USA. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli

What a horror spectacle! Some dark, irrational forces must be at play here. Henry Fuseli painted The Nightmare in 1781. It is probably his most...

Ruxi Rusu 7 February 2023

Henry Fuseli The Shepherd’s Dream, from ‘Paradise Lost’ 1793 Romanticism

Henry Fuseli and His Fantasy World

Henry Fuseli was a master of Romantic imagination. He was one of those artists who shaped our view of the epoch—or, to be more precise, he defined...

Zuzanna Stańska 7 February 2023

Sylvia Plath, “A War to End Wars” Self-Portrait (detail), 1946, Mortimer Rare Books Collection, Smith College, via National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA Women Artists

The Unknown Visual Art of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was one of the most important feminist literary icons of the 20th century. Before she became a writer, though, she wanted to be an...

Emily Snow 6 February 2023

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge, The Dance, 1890, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: At the Moulin Rouge, The Dance by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Tonight the Moulin Rouge is bursting at the seams. Men in dark coats and distinguished women dance and converse on the buzzing floor. Each has a...

Ruxi Rusu 3 February 2023

Painting

Art of Opulence: Paintings of Exquisite Interiors

The notion of painting natural landscapes has been prevalent since ancient times. It is an obvious choice, of course. What can compare with the...

Maya M. Tola 2 February 2023

Theaster Gates, A Heavenly Chord, 2022. Leslie speakers, Hammond B3 Organ, and sound, dimensions variable. © Theaster Gates. Courtesy Theaster Gates. Photo: Jim Prinz Photography Contemporary Art

Last Chance to See: Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces

Theaster Gates is known for his urban revival and commitment to public service through the acquisition of neglected buildings around the...

Jennifer S. Musawwir 1 February 2023