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David Bowie, from Popstar to Neo-expressionist Painter

By January 23, 2020

Most people know David Bowie as a popstar and performer, but do...

Chinese art

The Growing Terracotta Army

By January 22, 2020

When people mention the terracotta army, the first thing that comes to...



  • Museums And Exhibitions

    London’s National Portrait Gallery

    By December 14, 2019

    You have approximately six months until the National Portrait Gallery shuts down for a three year renovation (29 June 2020 – Spring 2023)! If you’ve not yet visited, hopefully these five reasons will inspire you to go before...

  • Art State of Mind

    Ugly Cities Transformed

    By December 13, 2019

    Seeing a place, object or person through the eyes of an artist can change our perception of the subject of the artwork. So, if art is such a powerful and emotional medium, can we use art to transform...

  • Cats

    Maneki Neko – Those Lucky Cats (NSFW)

    By December 12, 2019

    We’ve all seen those jovial, happy cat figurines in Asian restaurants and shops. Sitting upright with their raised paw, smiling face and trademark bell and bib, Maneki Neko (in Japanese 招き猫, “beckoning cat”) have symbolized all kinds of...

  • Art History 101

    Titian’s Venus and Adonis (Metamorphoses III)

    By December 11, 2019

    In a series of articles we are going to meet each of the seven Poesies, which Titian delivered Phillip II of Spain in the 1550s and early 1560s. Every painting-poem translated a small section of the Epic poem...

  • Expressionism

    Banishing the War: the Etchings of Otto Dix

    By December 10, 2019

    When the First World War, also known as the Great War, broke out, everyone was thrilled. The soldiers went happily to fight for their countries. All sides thought they would be winners and were arrogant towards their opponents....

  • Love Story

    The Sumptuous Wallace Collection, Fragonard and The Swing

    By December 9, 2019

    The Wallace Collection displays a collection, which came together in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, collected by the first four Marquesses of Hertford. One piece, living in the beautiful collection, is The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. The Rococo...

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    Painting of the Week

    Painting of the Week: The Horse Fair by Rosa Bonheur

    By December 8, 2019

    Today’s Painting of the Week is The Horse Fair, 1852-5, the great masterpiece of French realist painter Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899). The photograph doesn’t properly convey how massive this painting is! Over 8 feet high and 16.5 feet long,...

  • Art History 101

    Artist and Patron – Friend or Foe?

    By December 7, 2019

    Since ancient times, patrons have played a vital role in art history. Patronage can be found almost everywhere – in Europe, feudal Japan and Southeast Asia. In fact anywhere a royal or imperial or aristocratic system dominates society,...

  • Seasons

    The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Thomas Nast’s Santa Claus

    By December 6, 2019

    “Twas the night before Christmas,when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” Clement Clarke Moore Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Old St. Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Papa Noel, Weihnachtsmann. Whatever your culture,...

  • Indian Art

    Ardhanarishvara – Androgynous Portrayal of Shiva and Parvati

    By December 5, 2019

    The composite form of Shiva and his consort, Shakti (another name for Parvati) is known as the Ardhanarishvara or the ‘God who is half-woman’. While the mythos of the Ardhanarishvara appeared in early Puranic scriptures, the concept and...



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