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British royal portraits European Art

Power and Propaganda – The British Royal Portraits

Royal portraiture is a centuries-old tradition, but it might be called the forerunner of the posed selfie – an artfully curated image that is meant...

Candy Bedworth 20 February 2023

Artist Stories

Tarsila do Amaral: Joy is the Decisive Test

Tarsila do Amaral left behind 230 paintings, five sculptures, and hundreds of drawings, prints, and murals. She led Brazilian art into modernism. In...

Alicja Gluszek 19 February 2023

Carmen Herrera Portrait Women Artists

Homage to Carmen Herrera, An Artist That Never Gave Up

On February 12th, 2022, the world lost one of its greatest contemporary artists. Carmen Herrera had a long and prolific career, working every day in...

Natalia Tiberio 19 February 2023

Women Artists

The Beautiful Self-Portraits of Abigail de Andrade

History of art is full of fascinating female artists: Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt, Tarsila do Amaral, Tamara de Lempicka… Now, I would like...

Rute Ferreira 19 February 2023

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 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