#history painting

Neoclassicism

Jean-Baptiste Belley: Portrait of a Black French Deputy

Although representations of black people were overlooked for a long time, current social and political movements participate to reanimate the...

Amélie Pascutto 2 December 2021

Dine & Wine

Prost! Oktoberfest in Paintings

Oktoberfest, as the name suggests, is a traditional German beer festival held annually in October. Unfortunately this year, as well as last year, the...

Magda Michalska 16 October 2021

Literature

The Complicated History of Norse Mythology in Art

Literally speaking, mythology is an old-school kind of storytelling. “Mythos” is a Greek word for “story” while “logia” has the...

Lana Pajdas 30 September 2021

Romanticism

The Troubadour Style: Fantasized Rediscovery of the Middle Ages in Painting

The rediscovery of medieval civilization is one of the most striking French intellectual curiosities of the later 18th century and early 19th...

Montaine Dumont 28 September 2021

Women Artists

5 Things You Should Know About Michaelina Wautier

Michaelina Wautier was born in Mons in 1604. This Flemish painter has been absent in art history for many years, but her life and work are slowly...

Vithória Konzen Dill 20 August 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece of the Week: Saturnino Herrán, Our Ancient Gods

Saturnino Herrán’s Our Ancient Gods is a masterful painting of Mexican Modernism from the early 20th century. It evokes the strength, dignity, and...

James W Singer 15 August 2021

Renaissance

Power, Victory, Glory, and Death: Titian’s Art in Venice

Titian was the most famous painter of the Renaissance in Venice. Even during his lifetime the artist had been acclaimed as the greatest painter of...

Alina Manevskaya 30 May 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Eastman Johnson, A Ride for Liberty

The cool morning dew blew against their warm sweaty skin as the horse led them towards the free North. Stories of another life, a free life,...

James W Singer 11 April 2021

Jan Matejko – The Painter of Polish History

Jan Matejko (1838–1893) is one of the most famous Polish painters. When he was in his twenties, he was twice awarded the gold medal at the World...

Judyta Dąbrowska 21 January 2021

Russian History through the Eyes of Vasily Surikov

In the 19th century Russia historical painting was freed from formality and canons. We find a good example of this in the work of Vasily Surikov...

Elizaveta Ermakova 18 January 2021

The Lost Portrait of Henry VIII: Art in Service of Power

Posing proudly in front of the fascinated spectator, a monarch fixes us with his majestic gaze. Perhaps you recognized the best known portrait of...

Montaine Dumont 16 October 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat by John Weguelin

Here is a Masterpiece Story to honor our beloved cats. The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat presents an imaginative interpretation of an ancient Egyptian...

Alexandra Kiely 9 August 2020