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Vasily Vereshchagin – Journey through India

By February 25, 2020

Vasily Vereshchagin was a notable Russian solider, artist and writer in the...

Museums And Exhibitions

Around the world with the National Portrait Gallery – P.5 Europe

By February 24, 2020

The National Portrait Gallery in London is due to close its doors...



  • 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...

  • Museums And Exhibitions

    David Wojnarowicz: Love and Rage in the Time of Cholera

    By December 4, 2019

    Sex, spirituality, love, and loss – for the artist, writer, and activist David Wojnarowicz these were the main subjects of art which he created from the 1970s to the early 1990s when he died of AIDS. Always hard-lined,...

  • The Ragpicker by Edouard Manet The Ragpicker by Edouard Manet

    Museums And Exhibitions

    Now at the Frick – Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum

    By December 3, 2019

    I love small exhibitions, because they allow me to savor each artwork and absorb all sorts of little details I wouldn’t otherwise. Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum, a trio of paintings by Édouard Manet (1832-1883)...

  • Art History 101

    Titian’s Danae (Metamorphoses II)

    By December 2, 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...



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