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Portrait of Cecilia Vicuña in front of Quipu Womb 2017. Contemporary Art

Cecilia Vicuña: Melding Art, Activism, and Indigenous Wisdom

Cecilia Vicuña was the artist to occupy the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern from October 2022 to April 2023. The vast space has previously housed...

Natalia Tiberio 10 March 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Portrait of Sofonisba Anguissola by Anthony van Dyck

Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish painter born in Antwerp (then Spanish Netherlands, now Belgium) in 1599 and passed away in London in 1641. From 1621...

Soledad Castillo Jara 10 March 2024

Bizarre

Dante and Virgil in Bouguereau’s Hell

Established by the Academy, the hierarchy of genres and subjects was essential for almost every graduate of École des Beaux-Arts. Throughout the...

Christopher Michaut 9 March 2024

Women Artists

Maria Sibylla Merian. An Artist Who Changed Science Forever

In the 17th century, it has been widely believed that insects were just spontaneously born of mud, dirt, or rotting flesh, but that notion has been...

Nicole Ganbold 9 March 2024

Paintings of Satan. Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Ghosts, Devils, and The King of Hell, 1850. Woodblock print. The British Museum, London, UK. Bizarre

5 Paintings of Satan You Haven’t Seen Before

Paintings of Satan are a recurrent theme in art, ranging from religious portrayals to contemporary interpretations. As the symbolic representation of...

Errika Gerakiti 9 March 2024

History

Satan: Artistic Evolution of the Dark Lord

Satan, Lucifer, or the Devil is an archetypal malevolent being deemed the very embodiment of evil, darkness, and temptation within Christianity.

Maya M. Tola 9 March 2024

Art History 101

All You Need to Know About The Last Judgement by Michelangelo

There is a lot happening in this Sistine Chapel altar-wall fresco. Narratives within other narratives that contain enough imagery to last scholars a...

Rachel Witte 9 March 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Aeneas Taken by the Sibyl to the Underworld by Jacob van Swanenburgh

Aeneas Taken by the Sibyl to the Underworld is one of only 11 known surviving works by Jacob van Swanenburgh. It is a rare gem of late Renaissance...

James W Singer 9 March 2024

Photography

The True Star of Early Photography: Virginia Oldoini

Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Antonietta Teresa Maria Oldoini – in short, Countess of Castiglione – was a real celebrity of her times. I imagine that...

Zuzanna Stańska 8 March 2024

Ishikawa Toyonobu, Tomoe Gozen Killing Uchida Saburo Ieyoshi at the Battle of Awazu no Hara, ca. 1750, woodblock print, ink and color on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Asian Art

Onna-Musha: The Female Samurai Warriors

Feudal Japan experienced many social upheavals and turbulences. This highlighted the need to be combat-ready for everyone, including women. Hence,...

Errika Gerakiti 8 March 2024

Herstory

Women in Science: A Gallery of 10 Trailblazing Minds

You have probably heard about the great Marie Curie, but how many women scientists could you list to your friends beyond her? Let’s discover 10...

Lisa Scalone 8 March 2024

Painting

Powerful Women in Paintings

The female form has been revered since time immemorial and women adorn artworks of all mediums portraying all imaginable aspects of femininity. These...

Maya M. Tola 8 March 2024