#19th Century

Women Artists

The Divine Sarah: Sarah Bernhardt, The First Artist Superstar

While we are all familiar with celebrity culture and can recognize all of the Kardashians by their silhouettes, the idea of ‘celebrity’...

Wendy Gray 18 May 2021

Artist Stories

Islam in the Eyes of Osman Hamdi

The first and last Orientalist painter of the Ottoman Empire is Osman Hamdi Bey. Born in modern day Turkey, educated in Paris, highly regarded as an...

Irina Diana Calu 12 May 2021

Medieval Art

These Romantic Paintings of Edward Burne-Jones Will Make You Miss the Middle Ages

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet ARA, was a British artist and designer closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Middle Ages,...

Zuzanna Stańska 11 May 2021

Architecture

Art of Opulence: Paintings of Exquisite Interiors

The notion of painting natural landscapes has been prevalent since ancient times. It is an obvious choice, of course. What can compare with the...

Maya M. Tola 3 May 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère is considered Edouard Manet’s last major painting. Presented in the Salon of 1882, just a year before the artist’s...

Anastasia Manioudaki 2 May 2021

WTF Art History

Secrets of Ghost Photography in the 19th Century

Spirit photography, photographs that allegedly show ghosts, have always captured the eye. They are peculiar, bizarre, but above all else horrifying.

Sofia Rodriguez Cuevas 11 April 2021

Photography

Paris Through the Lens of Early Photographers

Paris is a centuries old city which witnessed many ground-breaking moments. One of them was the first photograph of a living human being ever taken!...

Magda Michalska 22 February 2021

Valentin Serov, Russian Master of Portraits

Valentin Serov (1865–1911), was a student of Ilya Repin, and heir to the best traditions of the Russian realistic school. From the very beginning...

Elizaveta Ermakova 17 February 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Princess Olga Orlova by Valentin Serov

Late Tsarist Russia evokes images of great social inequality in respect of health, wealth, and happiness. In addition, it evokes images of extreme...

James W Singer 17 January 2021

Music

Wagnerism in Art: Painting Music or Listening to Pictures

What is Wagnerism? There are perhaps no other cultural movements in the world that we have named after one person. Wagnerism was admiration for...

Alina Manevskaya 14 January 2021

Impressionism

The Musician, the Faun, and the Sunrise—Impressionism in Three Arts

What do you get when you add some light, some inspiration, and some musical color? You get the recipe for cutting-edge content that will change how...

Ledys Chemin 13 January 2021

Museum Stories

The State Russian Museum Highlights

The State Russian Museum is the country’s first museum of Russian fine art. It represents the history of Russian culture for more than a...

Elizaveta Ermakova 11 January 2021