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Ravenna’s Byzantine Treasures: Mosaics in San Vitale

The early medieval church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, is most famous for its spectacular mosaics. In a city full of rich, Byzantine-style...

Alexandra Kiely 28 May 2022

Fashion

Dress Like a Byzantine Empress – Byzantine Art in Fashion Collections

Have you ever wondered how Byzantine art stepped onto the catwalk? It all started with Empress Theodora and a Byzantine-inspired piece of jewelry...

Ela Wojewska 28 May 2022

Medieval Art

All That Glitters: The Sparkling World of Medieval Mosaics

Welcome to the sparkling world of medieval mosaics! Although not as famous as illuminated manuscripts or stained glass, the mosaic was a popular art...

Alexandra Kiely 28 May 2022

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Art of Australia & Oceania

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Looted in Australia

At the end of the 18th century, the British empire added Australia to its territory. Since the famous arrival of Captain Cook white people have...

Jimena Escoto 27 May 2022

History

Enslaved Black Models in European Art: Anonymous Objects?

Portraits of Black people are rare in European art history. Let’s be clear: they were there, in society, but they rarely made it into art, except...

Candy Bedworth 27 May 2022

African Art

Colonial Looting of African Art: A Century in Exile

Have you ever wondered how European modern artists were inspired by African art? They certainly didn’t travel to the continent. The answer is...

Jimena Escoto 27 May 2022

Painting

Jean-Baptiste Belley: Portrait of a Black French Deputy

Although representations of Black people were overlooked for a long time, current social and political movements participate to reanimate the...

Amélie Pascutto 27 May 2022

History

The International Dispute over Montezuma’s Headdress

2021 was the year of a double anniversary for Mexico, marking 200 years since liberation from Spanish dominion, and 500 years since the fall of...

Magda Michalska 27 May 2022

North American Art

The Hudson River School: Celebrating Nature, American-Style

The Hudson River School was a uniquely American art movement – the first to develop after the country gained its independence in 1776. It was a...

Alexandra Kiely 26 May 2022

Women Artists

Six Female Artists of the Hudson River School

The Hudson River School was a movement in American landscape painting being the first independent artistic tradition in the country. It was very...

Alexandra Kiely 26 May 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Kingston Point, Hudson River by Francis A. Silva

The wind gently blows on the water of the lapping shore, and the light gently glows on the sailcloth of the floating boat. All is gentleness and...

James W Singer 26 May 2022

Surrealism

10 Most Famous Rayographs of Man Ray

Man Ray is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century! Today, I would like to pay tribute to his rayographs and the inspirations he drew from...

Errika Gerakiti 25 May 2022

Dadaism

5 Myths About Dada Deconstructed

Considered a pivotal moment in art history, a lot has been said about the Dada movement. Rejecting everything (even themselves!) Dada members...

Amélie Pascutto 25 May 2022

Theater & Cinema

Dreams That Money Can Buy? Dadaist Cinema at Its Best

Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947) is a Dadaist portmanteau movie, an unknown cinematographic masterpiece combining surrealistic and experimental...

Caroline Galambosova 25 May 2022

Dadaism

Listen to What Dada Is According to Jean Arp

Voices of Dada is part of a popular series of archival audio CDs exploring 20th century avant-garde and modern art. The album features interviews and...

Zuzanna Stańska, Aniela Rybak 25 May 2022

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Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Madame X by John Singer Sargent

Dear John Singer Sargent, the world has changed substantially since the year 1856 when you were born, however, your legacy has stood enduringly. You...

James W Singer 24 May 2022

Fashion

5 Most Beautiful Dresses in Art

The cross section where art and fashion meet is two-fold. While beautiful dresses can be art of their own accord, let’s look at beautiful...

Rachel Witte 24 May 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher

François Boucher (1703-1770) was the most celebrated French painter of the 18th century. His painting Madame de Pompadour captures the beautiful...

James W Singer 24 May 2022

Fashion

Lady in Red – Famous Red Dresses in Art

Here we present for you 9 ladies wearing red dresses painted by famous artists. You will find Madonnas, prostitutes, symbolic figures, and even a...

Zuzanna Stańska 24 May 2022

Fashion

Most Beautiful Dresses: Portrait of Eleanor of Toledo

The best-known image of Eleanor of Toledo is also one of the most beautiful dresses in art history. Don’t be too distracted by the beauty of the...

Vithória Konzen Dill 24 May 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: La Toilette by François Boucher

The soft rustle of silky cloth and the hard crackling of burning wood echo against the yellow papered walls of the boudoir. The small room is...

James W Singer 24 May 2022

WTF Art History

6 Creatures by Hieronymus Bosch That Could Be Pokémon

Did you ever think about where the ideas for Pokémon could be coming from? Discover these six examples proving that in the 16th century Hieronymus...

Zuzanna Stańska 23 May 2022

Review

Muse: Uncovering the Hidden Figures in Art History – Review

Muse – Uncovering the Hidden Figures Behind Art History’s Masterpieces by Ruth Millington is a fascinating book that aims, and one could even...

Aniela Rybak 23 May 2022

Contemporary Art

Disney Figures in Art That Make You Think Twice

Who doesn’t like Disney characters? They are cute, sweet, and adorable. They also represent an ideal image and simplify our world view.

Michel Rutten 23 May 2022

Frants Henningsen, Funeral, 1883, National Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Funeral by Frants Henningsen

Funeral by Frants Henningsen is a Danish masterpiece of emotions. It examines the different psychological reactions to love, loss, and...

James W Singer 23 May 2022

Theater & Cinema

Artists in Prime Time: Art Featured in The Simpsons

Back in the mid-1990s, a friend of mine showed me a book titled Bart Simpson’s Guide to Life. It was just what the title described,...

Bruno Guerra 23 May 2022

Theater & Cinema

Art from the BoJack Horseman Explained (All Seasons)

We love it when pop culture adopts, uses, and remixes art history, especially when that mixture includes a TV show! If you’re a BoJack Horseman...

Zuzanna Stańska 23 May 2022