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Dachshunds in Art

By July 5, 2020

Dachshunds were first bred around the 15th century in Germany. Their primary...

Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week: Thomas Lawrence, Julia, Lady Peel

By July 5, 2020

When I saw the portrait of Julia, Lady Peel by Sir Thomas Lawrence in...

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    Henry Ossawa Tanner – African-American Artistic Pioneer

    By April 11, 2017

    Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the first African-American to become an internationally successful artist, was known for his beautiful religious paintings and scenes of African-American life. He is often compared to Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio because...

  • 21st century

    Florence Street Art Full Of Classic Art

    By April 10, 2017

    Florence street art may be something you don’t expect to see when you visit this beautiful city. But recently I’ve visited Florence and while wandering its streets full of Renaissance architecture I’ve spotted something very unexpected. Street Art inspired...

  • Impressionism

    Claude Monet, Springtime

    By April 9, 2017

    Claude Monet’s Springtime depicts his first wife, Camille Doncieux, seated serenely beneath a canopy of lilacs. The painting is presently held by the Walters Art Museum. Camille and Claude Monet were married in 1870, before this time she...

  • Artists' Stories

    The (Not So) Simple Style of Emil Carlsen

    By April 8, 2017

    Emil Carlsen was, for roughly the first forty years of his life, poor and relatively unknown. After all, he rejected the growing appeal of florid color and captured, fleeting light that predominated modern Impressionist taste. Instead, he adapted...

  • Bodies And Erotic Art

    Art Models XXL? No Photoshop Allowed!

    By April 7, 2017

    The recent row over the Cannes poster featuring a famous actress Claudia Cardinale, who was slimmed with photoshop by poster designers made me think about our perception of beauty and ideal body size. A reflection that we still perceive...

  • Artists' Stories

    The Legend Of The Death Of Raphael

    By April 6, 2017

    Raphael Santi, one of the greatest Renaissance painters died on this day, on Good Friday in 1520. He was only 37 years old and at the peak of his powers. So, what’s the legend I’ve mentioned in the...

  • Animals

    Famous Lobsters In Art

    By April 5, 2017

    Historically, lobsters weren’t a very common subject of artists’ interests. But they happened from time to time. Here we have gathered all the famous lobsters we could find in art: Albrecht Dürer During his first Italian journey, young...

  • Rococo

    Franz Xaver Messerschmidt And His Mad Heads

    By April 4, 2017

    Franz Xaver Messerschmidt was a German-Austrian Late Baroque sculptor most famous for his “Character Heads”, a collection of busts with faces contorted in extreme facial expressions. They were to represent the full range of human expressions, which he...

  • Just Weird

    Stendhal Syndrome – The Art Fans Sickness

    By April 3, 2017

    Stendhal Syndrome is a mysterious thing. If you have even seen someone fainting in any great museum, or in front of any great masterpieces – it could have been it. Stendhal syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a...

  • History

    JMW Turner and Honore Daumier – Sign Of Their Times

    By April 2, 2017

    The early part of the 19th Century saw population rises, expansions of cities and the industrialisation of productivity which brought new challenges for artists looking for ways of interpreting these changes. Two artists, one quintessential British and one...

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