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  • 21st century

    Flowers, Designer Dresses And 2 year-old Fans. Obamas’ Official Portraits

    By March 18, 2018

    On February 12, the official portraits of former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were unveiled. They are the latest additions to the collection of Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, which houses multiple portraits of 44 former US...

  • Museums And Exhibitions

    The Story Behind The Tribuna Of The Uffizi By Johan Zoffany

    By February 18, 2018

    Johan Zoffany (1733-1810)  was a German-born neoclassical painter. In autumn 1760 he moved to England and started to work for a clockmaker, Stephen Rimbault (He was painting vignettes for his clocks). He was noticed luckily by the royal family and since 1764 he...

  • Artists' Stories

    Tiepolo: The Last Venetian Master

    By January 29, 2018

    Mainland Italy is a perfect country for frescoe production since it is dominated by a dry climate which preserves frescoes very well. Venice, however, is too damp for that. Is that a reason why Venetian painters came up with the oil paints? We...

  • Art History 101

    Was Nicolas Poussin A Barouqe Artist?

    By November 16, 2017

    Nicolas Poussin is often considered a representative of French Baroque, as he worked in the first half of the 1600s. Yet, his paintings are so different from Rubens‘… Can we still call Poussin a Barouqe artist, or should we rather call him...

  • Art History 101

    10 Most Scandalous Nudes in Art (NSFW)

    By September 21, 2017

    We’re here to let you in on a pretty widely known secret about art history: it was all about sex. Nude representations of men and women caused scandals throughout centuries (female nudes of course more often, unfortunately). Often dressed-up in a religious...

  • Animals

    A Hero and Mythical Creatures: Famous Spiders in Art

    By July 25, 2017

    Spiders disturb majority of the people. Even though they are much smaller, and thus much less powerful than us, we cannot help but fear their presence. Perhaps it is the horrid looks that do not fit our aesthetic; or perhaps the fear...

  • Art History 101

    How Reclining Nude Concept Changed After Olympia?

    By July 14, 2017

    When French artist Edouard Manet finished his well -known painting “Olympia” in 1863, lot changed in the history of art because of his technique and the fresh look he brought into art world. His image of reclining nude was a novel concept...

  • Painting of the Week

    Bartolomeo Veneto, Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress

    By July 9, 2017

    Have you ever heard about Bartolomeo Veneto? Only about 30 of his paintings survived. He was a contemporary of Titian, Veronese, and other masters of High Renaissance. The little information available about Bartolomeo’s life has been derived from his signatures, dates, and inscriptions....

  • Bodies And Erotic Art

    When The Inquisition Met Nude Maja

    By May 21, 2017

    Which one do you prefer? The Nude Maja or The Clothed Maja? This question might have been asked by the painter Francisco Goya when he completed both paintings and showed them side by side to the commissioner, Manuel de Godoy, Prime Minister of Spain (1792...

  • Museums And Exhibitions

    5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Sforza Castle Pinacoteca

    By May 4, 2017

    If you ever come to Milan, you have to see this place. Sforza Castle was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remains of a 14th-century fortification. Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th...

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