#allegorical painting

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: An Allegory with Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino

An Allegory with Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino from the National Gallery in London is one of the most mysterious masterpieces of Mannerism. It...

Joanna Kaszubowska 26 May 2022

Women Artists

Mary Cassatt’s Feminist Mural Which Has Gone Missing

Mary Cassatt was a well-known Impressionist who often illustrated motherhood and traditional female activities in the 19th century. When she was 50,...

Magda Michalska 22 May 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer

Among the many representations of domestic scenes of respectable Dutch middle-class households, there is one that never ceases to impress and capture...

Giordana Goretti 15 May 2022

Art History 101

Everything You Must Know about Las Meninas

This is one of Velázquez’s largest paintings in which he worked very hard to create a complex and credible composition that would convey a...

Zuzanna Stańska 13 January 2022

Art History 101

A Small Guide to Still Life Symbols

You may think that all those marvelous Dutch still lifes from the 16th and 17th centuries were just some random sets of fruits, vegetables, and...

Zuzanna Stańska, Nicole Ganbold 9 January 2022

Mannerism

Arcimboldo’s Allegories of the Seasons

Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s paintings of the four seasons have astonished audiences from the 16th century to this day. Even though, allegorical...

Anastasia Manioudaki 9 January 2022

Art History 101

Dutch Golden Age Explained

When one thinks of any Golden Age, the first thing that comes to mind is the 17th century Netherlands at its glory – Dutch Golden Age. The most...

Nicole Ganbold 3 November 2021

Art State of Mind

Paintings within Paintings: Time to Go Meta in the Art World

A few weeks ago, the art world celebrated the complete restoration of Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window. It turns out that on...

Jimena Escoto 3 October 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece of the Week: Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms by Pieter Aertsen

Pieter Aertsen’s Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms is an interesting painting as it provides a wonderful glimpse into the varied...

James W Singer 12 September 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn

Swans are normally characterized as graceful birds. They are magnificent and majestic. However, Jan Asselijn displays another side of these elegant...

James W Singer 28 February 2021

Apocalypse Now – Not at the Movies but in Art

Recently, in the majority of countries all over the world, people felt like they were “in the middle of the Apocalypse”. Why does everyone...

Camilla de Laurentis 20 May 2020