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History

Petticoats, Pennies, and Politics: A Short History of the Suffragette Penny

Have you ever found one of those old brown British pennies? In an antique shop or in one of Grandma’s old handbags? Just a small, flat copper disc?...

Candy Bedworth 12 December 2020

Painting

Joseph Wright of Derby: Painting the Industrial Revolution

Joseph Wright of Derby is deemed as the first painter to capture the spirit of the Industrial Revolution. His paintings portray the zeitgeist of his...

Anastasia Manioudaki 11 December 2020

African Art

What Does the Return of Algeria’s Skulls Tell Us About France?

On July 3rd, 2020, French president Emmanuel Macron made the decision to return twenty-four Algerian Skulls back to Algeria. The skulls were greeted...

Guest Profile 10 December 2020

Art State of Mind

From Spindle and Distaff to Mass Production: Spinning in Art

There are many artistic representations of women spinning, created across time and in various places. Let’s take some of the great depictions for a...

Europeana 10 December 2020

Museum Stories

Reviewing Virtual Mauritshuis, the Gigapixel Experience

Upon launching its new Virtual Mauritshuis initiative on November 26, 2020, the Mauritshuis became the world’s first museum to offer a...

Alexandra Kiely 9 December 2020

History

Industrial Landscapes – The Silhouette of the Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution brought profound changes into the world, re-designing its shape in the most hardhearted of ways, never experienced before...

Giordana Goretti 8 December 2020

Literature

John Ruskin: Painter, Prophet, Pervert. ‘Unto This Last’ by Rebecca Lipkin

We review the novel Unto This Last by Rebecca Lipkin and investigate the myth behind the great John Ruskin. Which Ruskin camp do you fall into? Are...

Candy Bedworth 3 December 2020

Painting

Art Advent Calendar of Nativities

Today December starts and that means it is the countdown until Christmas Day. To celebrate, here is an art advent calendar of nativity scenes,...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 1 December 2020

Yan Pei Ming and His Mop Brush of History

It’s not a joke. Yan Pei Ming, a contemporary painter, uses a pretty extraordinary tool, which reminds me more of house renovation squads rather...

Magda Michalska 1 December 2020

Theater & Cinema

Maya Deren: Experimental Filmmaker and Voodoo Priestess

Maya Deren (1917-1961) was an experimental filmmaker hailed as a leading pioneer of avant-garde cinema. She was also a writer, poet, photographer,...

Marga Patterson 30 November 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia by James Barry

King Lear by William Shakespeare is a great tragedy that centers around ideas such as loyalty, familial bonds, and remorse. The painter of this work,...

Merve Parla 29 November 2020

Art History 101

All the Prodigal Sons in Art

A quick internet search for “the Prodigal Son in art” yields some 13,000,000 results! What makes this 2,000-year-old story so compelling that...

Ledys Chemin 27 November 2020