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Frants Henningsen, Funeral, 1883, National Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Funeral by Frants Henningsen

Funeral by Frants Henningsen is a Danish masterpiece of emotions. It examines the different psychological reactions to love, loss, and...

James W Singer 23 May 2022

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 Netherlands in the last quarter of the 16th century. The...

Irina Diana Calu 15 May 2022

Spike Blackhurst, Love, 2021 Bizarre

Vile Bodies? Anatomy in Art

A deep dive into the work of artists who turn to the human body and anatomy for inspiration. Here we reveal flesh and blood art!

Candy Bedworth 7 March 2022

Alexandre Cabanel, Cleopatra, 1887, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Cleopatra by Alexandre Cabanel

Queen Cleopatra is a popular subject today – as she was in the late 19th century. Alexandre Cabanel’s Cleopatra explores a single moment of her...

James W Singer 28 February 2022

Artist Stories

The Dystopian Surrealism of Zdzislaw Beksinski

There are many fans of gruesome and gore art who are attracted to the dystopian surrealism of Zdzisław Beksiński. After all, he created such a...

Errika Gerakiti 16 January 2022

Women Artists

The Truth is in the Soil: The Elegiac Odyssey of Ioanna Sakellaraki

No phenomenon pertaining to human existence is as infallible and foundational as death. Expectedly, an occurrence that has this kind of defining...

Erol Degirmenci 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

Atala. Luis Monroy Josué, Last Moments of Atala, 1871,Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico. Literature

Atala: The Tragedy that Transcended Pages

In the 19th century, Europeans went crazy for one story: Atala, or the Story of Two Lovers in the Desert. It is a novel by René de Chateaubriand...

Jimena Escoto 3 January 2022

Expressionism

Edvard Munch and His Portrayals of Death

“Illness, madness and death were the black angels that watched over my cradle and have since followed me through life,” Munch wrote in...

Zuzanna Stańska 12 December 2021

South American Art

Party with Skulls and Skeletons: Day of the Dead in Mexico

Heaven and Earth are never as close as they are today. Today, November 2, is the Day of the Dead, when spirits come to Earth to meet their relatives...

Magda Michalska 2 November 2021

WTF Art History

Art Only Exists Because Death Exists. Skulls in Art

Dia De Los Muertos is about to be celebrated across Mexico. A far cry from the western commercial horror-fest of Halloween, it is a glorious...

Candy Bedworth 2 November 2021

Bizarre

All Souls & Halloween: Death in Art

All Souls & Halloween: Death in art seems like a fitting title for an article at the end of October! The feast day of All Souls and the festival...

Sarah Mills 2 November 2021