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Artist Stories

Vive la Belle Époque! The Story of Giovanni Boldini and Franca Florio

The history of the Belle Époque reveals many scandalous stories. Behind the elegant portraits interesting lives of grand dames and adventurous...

Giordana Goretti 5 December 2023

Fresco in the Sassetti Chapel, Florence. Renaissance

Redemption of Sins: Frescoes in Florentine Family Chapels

Renowned for its artistic flourishing, Renaissance Florence saw prominent families investing their fortunes into the city’s artistic...

Nikolina Konjevod 30 November 2023

History of Venetian Carnival Masks Fashion

History of Venetian Carnival Masks

It is not a surprise that every carnival, regardless of its country of origin or other characteristics, is traditionally associated with Venetian...

Guest Profile 30 November 2023

Museum Stories

31 Women: Peggy Guggenheim And Her Groundbreaking Exhibition

Perhaps one the most influential women in shaping the art world of the 20th century, Peggy Guggenheim held an exhibition in 1943 that was to be...

Nina Relf 22 November 2023

Abstract Expressionism

Lucio Fontana and the Venice You Have Never Known

Even if you haven’t been to Venice, you must be quite familiar with it from millions of picturesque (or picturesque-ish) photos flooding...

Magda Michalska 20 November 2023

Artist Stories

Mariano Fortuny – A Genius From Venice

Yes, the title is a little misleading. Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo was not originally from Venice, as he was born in Granada in 1871, as the son of a...

Magda Michalska 20 November 2023

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Perseus Rescuing Andromeda by Cavaliere d’Arpino

The roar of the sea monster blends with the screams of the scared princess! The chained beauty awaits her bloody death as the ugly beast lurches...

James W Singer 19 November 2023

Kiyohara Tama:Japanese Landscape, c. 1880, Gallery of Modern Art, Palermo, Italy. Women Artists

Kiyohara Tama or Eleonora Ragusa: An Amazing Story About a Japanese Female Painter in Sicily

When tracing Japanese art stories in Europe, we found out about this exquisite female painter. Kiyohara Tama or Otama (later known as Eleonora...

Magda Michalska 18 November 2023

Theater & Cinema

Postwar Modernism in Cinema: Italian Neorealism

World War II ravaged everything in its path. The global economy was ruined, and many cities were completely destroyed, not to mention the number of...

Errika Gerakiti 15 November 2023

Renaissance

Titian’s Poesies: 7 Paintings Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses

In the 1550s and early 1560s, Titian attempted to deliver a series of seven large canvases to King Philip II of Spain. Each translated a small...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 9 November 2023

Baroque

Masterpiece Story: Apollo and Daphne by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Apollo and Daphne, one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s first major commissions, was completed between 1622 and 1625 for Cardinal Scipione Borghese, a...

Maya M. Tola 2 November 2023

Neoclassicism

The Minister of Beauty: Antonio Canova in 5 Sculptures

Antonio Canova was considered the greatest sculptor of his time. His sculptures fall into three categories: heroic compositions, compositions of...

Zuzanna Stańska 1 November 2023