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Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Jacob van Swanenburgh, Aeneas Taken by the Sibyl to the Underworld

Aeneas Taken by the Sibyl to the Underworld is one of only 11 known surviving works by Jacob van Swanenburgh. It is a rare gem of late Renaissance ...

James W Singer 10 October 2021

Baroque

The Best of Dutch Still Life: 6 Famous Painters

In the art world, it is commonly agreed upon that still life painting as a genre rose in the Northern and Spanish Netherlands in the last quarter of ...

Irina Diana Calu 14 August 2021

Symbols

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 13 August 2021

Symbolism

Symbolism Special: Jacek Malczewski’s Dates with Death

Jacek Malczewski is one of the most important Polish symbolist painters. Malczewski is associated with the Young Poland movement (Młoda Polska), a ...

Magda Michalska 15 July 2021

Medieval Art

Knights in Shining Armour: Funerary Art of Medieval England

What do Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck have in common with a tiny village in Lincolnshire and the funerary art of medieval England? Say ...

Guest Profile 15 May 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Judgement Scene from Book of the Dead of Hunefer

Death continues to be one of the greatest fears of human society. Since the dawn of recorded history through the centuries of plague, pestilence, and ...

James W Singer 9 May 2021

History

The Lifelike Death Fayum Portraits of Roman Egypt

Though they are often referred to as “Fayum portraits” – taking their title from the location of a region in Egypt where Pharaoh ...

Anthony de Feo 21 November 2020

Medieval Art

Danse Macabre: Dancing with Skeletons

Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) - a weird dance between people and skeletons. You might think that it is a scene from a horror movie. But ...

Zuzanna Stańska 7 July 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Caspar David Friedrich, Abbey in the Oakwood

Sadness and desolation fill this scene like an oppressive melancholy. The sun is dying behind the horizon as fog enshrouds the ground. Skeletal trees ...

James W Singer 14 June 2020

Theater & Cinema

Art Timeline: Paintings Inspired by Themes of the Film Orlando

Orlando (1992) is a British period drama based on the Virginia Woolf novel of the same name and is directed by Sally Potter. Orlando, played by ...

Kateryna Martynova 2 June 2020

Contemporary Art

Damien Hirst’s Butterflies- from Tea-trays to Mandalas

Damien Hirst - a prominent Young British Artist (YBAs) and now a billionaire - creates sculptures, paintings and drawings. In all of these forms his ...

Isla Phillips 24 September 2019

Artist Stories

The Legend Of The Death Of Raphael

Raphael Santi, one of the greatest Renaissance painters died on this day, on Good Friday in 1520. He was only 37 years old and at the peak of his ...

Zuzanna Stańska 6 April 2017