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Photos of Famous Artists When They Were Kids

By June 5, 2020

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous artists were also children...

Hearst Castle Roman Pool cover

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Julia Morgan, America’s First Successful Female Architect

By June 5, 2020

America’s first successful female architect, Julia Morgan ran her own architectural firm...

  • Art Nouveau

    Absinthe and Art Nouveau

    By March 7, 2017

    This month we’re partnering with Europeana again to celebrate their fantastic new Art Nouveau season (21 February – 29 May). The season explores the depth and diversity of the influential art movement and features beautiful Art Nouveau jewellery,...

  • Artists' Stories

    10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Michelangelo

    By March 6, 2017

    Guess who is the birthday boy today? It’s Michelangelo Buonarroti, painter, sculptor and architect was born in Caprese, Italy on March 6, 1475. He is one of those geniuses whose biography is well known by many. But here...

  • 20th century

    Charles Demuth And The Figure 5 (Painting Of The Week)

    By March 5, 2017

    The Great Figure By William Carlos Williams Among the rain and lights I saw the figure 5 in gold on a red firetruck moving tense unheeded to gong clangs siren howls and wheels rumbling through the dark city....

  • Museums And Exhibitions

    10 Masterpieces That Paved The Way To Modernism From ‘Degas to Picasso’ in the Ashmolean Museum

    By March 4, 2017

    From February 10th to 7th May Oxford is a place to be for all art lovers. In Ashmolean Museum, which is the oldest university museum in the world you can see works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger...

  • Women Artists

    Six Female Artists of the Hudson River School

    By March 4, 2017

    The Hudson River School, a movement in American landscape painting, was America’s first independent artistic tradition. It was very popular in the middle half of the nineteenth century due to its focus on American scenery and nationalism. Notable Hudson River School artists include Thomas Cole,...

  • Romanticism

    Henry Fuseli And His Fantasy World

    By March 3, 2017

    Henry Fuseli was a master of romantic imaginary. He was one of those artists who shaped our vision of the epoch. That scary vision. He was born in Zürich, Switzerland under the last name of Füssli. After Fuseli was...

  • Surrealism

    Meet Rita Kernn-Larsen, The Surrealist

    By March 2, 2017

    When you hear Surrealism, you probably think Dalí, Magritte, Ernst… But can you think of any female artists…? Today you’ll meet one of them, Rita Kernn-Larsen, who is barely known even in her native Denmark and whose mini-exhibition you can...

  • Photography

    Virginia Oldoini, The Star Of Early Photography

    By March 1, 2017

    Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Antonietta Teresa Maria Oldoini, in short: Countess of Castiglione was a real celebrity of her times. I imagine that in our times she would be someone as famous as Kim K., or at least as some...

  • Ancient Egypt

    The Lifelike Death Fayum Portraits of Roman Egypt

    By February 28, 2017

    After the defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra by Octavian in 30 BCE, Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire. Romans trickled into their new African territory and assimilated well within the existing culture. That is to...

  • 21st century

    Maurizio Cattelan And His Obsession With Pigeons

    By February 27, 2017

    It was at the Venice Biennale in 1997 when Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan exposed 2000 stuffed pigeons installed on the top of the air conditioning pipes in the Italian pavilion. Their presence was revealed to the public by...

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