#Portraits

Music

Farinelli – The Best Castrato In Portraits

What does “castrato” mean? Castrati were male singers who had been castrated before puberty to retain the so-called voce bianca, that is...

Magda Michalska 26 June 2023

Nicaise de Keyser, William II (1792-1849), King of the Netherlands, when Prince of Orange, 1846, Royal Collection, UK. History

Willem II: The Queer King of the Netherlands

Willem II ruled the Netherlands from 1840 to 1849. In modern terms he would be considered a bisexual man, as he had relationships with both women and...

Jimena Escoto 14 June 2023

Ancient Rome

The Portrait of Rome’s Decline: Bust of Decius

The turmoil of Rome’s decline in the 3rd century enclosed the 21-month reign of Decius. His tenure as emperor was not exceptionally short for the...

Guest Profile 11 June 2023

African Art

Martin Senkubuge: Fighting the Stigma of Vitiligo

At first glance, Martin Senkubuge’s drawings look like actual photographs. The artist is the founder of Part of Us, a visual campaign aimed to...

Vithória Konzen Dill 25 May 2023

Mary Cassatt, In the Loge, 1878, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA. Detail. Women Artists

Mary Cassatt: The Story of the American Impressionist

Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker who developed her skills by studying, working, and living in France. She was one of only three...

Marija Canjuga 22 May 2023

Baroque

What Is a Tronie? Famous Examples of Tronies in Dutch and Flemish Baroque

Everyone knows The Girl with a Pearl Earring. She is the icon of European painting and considered one of the most famous female portraits – but is...

Anastasia Manioudaki, Nicole Ganbold 19 May 2023

Women Artists

Gerda Wegener: Art Deco Feminist

Today Gerda Wegener is best known for feminist art and portrayal of lesbianism. She was also married to Einar Wegener, who after the sex reassignment...

Kelly Hill 28 April 2023

Women Artists

Anna Bilińska’s Parisian Career and Tragic Life

Read the story of Anna Bilińska, a Polish painter who spent her life in Paris. Discover her moving portraits and the fascinating story of her...

Magda Michalska 12 April 2023

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Theatre Box by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Entertainments such as cabarets, theatres, and the circus were popular themes among the Impressionist painters whose mission was portraying modern...

Zuzanna Stańska 27 March 2023

Art History 101

Famous Self-Portraits You Should Know

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Self-portraits are closely tied to the existence of mirrors. Although mirrors have...

Anastasia Manioudaki 25 March 2023

WTF Art History

Famous People and Their Doppelgängers in Art

Doppelgänger is a word of German origin (doppel- meaning “double,” and -gänger meaning “goer”). In old German folklore, it was believed...

Vithória Konzen Dill 16 March 2023

Impressionism

Eva Gonzalès: Female Impressionist in the Shadows

While Eva Gonzalès’ privileged upbringing and supportive family gave her the opportunities to grow in her artistic abilities and broaden her...

Rachel Witte 10 March 2023