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Artist Stories

Painting a Woman: The Story of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener Through Their Art

The Danish landscape artist Lili Elvenes (1882-1931), born Einar Wegener and better known as Lili Elbe, and her spouse, the Art Deco portrait artist...

Iolanda Munck 4 December 2023

Women Artists

Anne Vallayer-Coster: A Life of Still Life

The still life genre often seems less interesting than other art forms, so perhaps it is unsurprising that 18th-century French painter Anne...

Catriona Miller 4 December 2023

gauri Asian Art

The Consort of Shiva: Iconography of Parvati

Parvati is a venerated Hindu goddess generally associated with domesticity, fertility, and beauty. She is an integral member of the Tridevi, the...

Maya M. Tola 4 December 2023

Mermaids, Evelyn de Morgan, The Sea Maidens, 1885 History

Siren Song: History of Mermaids in Art

Benevolent or deadly? There are so many depictions of this mythical creature. Let's explore how mermaids have been portrayed in art.

Candy Bedworth 1 December 2023

appropriation art: Jeff Koons, String of Puppies, 1988, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA. Contemporary Art

Appropriation Art: Did You Steal My Work?

What do Duchamp, Warhol, and Koons have in common? That’s right, they were all appropriation artists! Appropriation art is an art form that grew in...

Ruxi Rusu 13 November 2023

Haarlem in the Dutch Golden Age: Frans Hals, Banquet of the Officers of the St Adrian Civic Guard (the Calivermen), 1627, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands. Baroque

4 Surprising Facts About Haarlem in the Dutch Golden Age

The city of Haarlem in the Netherlands was one of the flourishing art centers in the 16th and 17th century. Today, you can walk the streets of the...

Rachel Witte 13 November 2023

Women Artists

Trials and Triumphs: Lives of Women in the Works of Indian Women Artists

The depiction of women has been essential imagery in the course of Indian art since the ancient era. Associated with fertility, abundance, and...

Guest Profile 9 November 2023

Asian Art

Edo Period in 10 Words and 4 Schools of Painting

Edo period in Japan lasted from 1603 to 1867/1868. During this time the country was ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate. Those 250 years were a time of...

Joanna Kaszubowska 6 November 2023

Florine Stettheimer, Spring Sale at Bendel's cover Women Artists

The Charming, Witty, Surprisingly Modern Art of Florine Stettheimer

American modernist Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944) created a joyful, Rococo-inspired aesthetic that was all her own. She depicted scenes of life...

Alexandra Kiely 6 November 2023

Prehistoric Art

Stonehenge: Incredible Facts and Fascinating Theories

Stonehenge is one of the most famous archeological sites in the world, located in the county of Wiltshire, UK. Nowadays we do know some things about...

Camilla de Laurentis 6 November 2023

Painting

Van Gogh’s Marvelous Flower Paintings

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was an incredibly prolific artist whose paintings are known all over the world. Besides self-portraits and landscapes,...

Camilla de Laurentis 3 November 2023

Artist Stories

Whistler vs. Ruskin: How to Fling a Pot of Paint and Win a Trial

After paying a visit to the newly inaugurated Grosvenor Gallery in London, John Ruskin wrote a stinging review of the modernist exhibition. The...

Ruxi Rusu 28 October 2023