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Masterpiece Stories

Johannes Vermeer, Woman Reading a Letter

On the Johannes Vermeer's painting, we see a quiet, private moment. In Woman Reading a Letter, a young woman stands engrossed in reading a letter.

Zuzanna Stańska 23 September 2018

Imagined Paradise Lost: Raqib Shaw’s Reinterpretations of Old Masters

Raqib Shaw was born in Calcutta in 1974 to a family of luxury goods merchants who sold rugs, shawls, jewels and antiques, hence already from a young...

Magda Michalska 22 September 2018

Everything You Must Know About Pont-Aven School

The year 1886 was a turning point for Paul Gauguin's career as a painter. That was the year when the village of Pont-Aven in Brittany, France, became...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 September 2018

Dine & Wine

Don’t Play with Your Food! Unless It’s Art

I’m sure we’ve all been told not to play with our food as we hide unappetising peas under a sticky lump of mashed potato. And most parents have...

Candy Bedworth 20 September 2018

Giacometti’s ‘Final Portrait’

The movie ‘Final Portrait’ is a faithful rendition of the book by James Lord, ‘A Giacometti Portrait.’ The book was published in 1965, a year...

Howard Schwartz 19 September 2018

Masterpiece Stories

Paul Gauguin, The Vision after the Sermon

Vision after the Sermon is one of the most important works the artist painted in Brittany. Breton peasants, which Gauguin viewed as exotic, are...

Zuzanna Stańska 16 September 2018

Museum Stories

Wanderlust Exhibition – Travel Desire Encapsulated in Paintings

It is the last chance to see Wanderlust. From Caspar David Friedrich to Auguste Renoir  - an exhibition on travel desire in the Old National Gallery...

Kate Wojtczak 13 September 2018

Art Travels

A Journey to Al-Andalus: Part II, The Cultural Crossroads of Seville

Seville, a Cultural Crossroads Today, Seville's golden age may have passed, but that is not to say it is without its treasures. Now the capital of...

Kacper Grass 10 September 2018

Masterpiece Stories

Hey Boy, Hey Girl: Bacchus by Caravaggio

A youthful Bacchus, god of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy and theatre is reclining in classical fashion with grapes and vine leaves...

Zuzanna Stańska 9 September 2018

Ancient Greece

The A to Z of Ancient Greek Pottery Terms Pt 1

In Ancient Greece, vases were a commonplace item. There was no explanation needed as to what they were or how they were used. They each served a...

Rachel Witte 8 September 2018

Museum Stories

Emotions Of Rogier Van Der Weyden Restored

Rogier van der Weyden has a very special place in my heart because the first art historical essay that I had ever written at university was on him...

Magda Michalska 6 September 2018

The Colorful Vision Of Bodys Isek Kingelez

The color was overwhelming. I was on the third floor of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, visiting an exhibit called ‘Bodys Isek Kingelez:...

Howard Schwartz 5 September 2018