#Portraits

Woman with Stylus, 55-79 CE Ancient Rome

Woman with Stylus: What a Portrait Can Tell Us About Women in Ancient Rome

Woman with Stylus is an ancient Roman fresco unearthed in Pompeii nearly two millennia after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. Various details...

Natalia Iacobelli 15 March 2024

Exhibition view of Frans Hals, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Rijksmuseum/Albertine Dijkema. Review

The Frans Hals Experience at the Rijksmuseum

Frans Hals, one of the most innovative and fascinating artists in Western art history, is making international headlines at the Rijksmuseum.

Nicole Ganbold 14 March 2024

Alice Neel Georgie Arce Women Artists

Alice Neel: Collector of Souls

In 1950s America Alice Neel painted portraits of one of her neighbours, Georgie Arce, from childhood to adolescence.

Candy Bedworth 14 March 2024

Photography

The True Star of Early Photography: Virginia Oldoini

Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Antonietta Teresa Maria Oldoini – in short, Countess of Castiglione – was a real celebrity of her times. I imagine that...

Zuzanna Stańska 8 March 2024

Herstory

Women in Science: A Gallery of 10 Trailblazing Minds

You have probably heard about the great Marie Curie, but how many women scientists could you list to your friends beyond her? Let’s discover 10...

Lisa Scalone 8 March 2024

Fashion

Looking for a Hat Inspiration? Best Hats from Paintings

I’ve heard that this year berets are back in fashion, which makes me very happy, but if you are still looking for your perfect hat for the first...

Magda Michalska 7 March 2024

Rosalba Carriera, The Allegory of Music, 1712 Bavarian National Museum, Munich, Germany. Wikimedia Commons (public domain). Rococo

Rosalba Carriera: The Accomplished Pastellist

Do you know the great Rococo portraitist Rosalba Carriera? She was one of the most famous painters of the early 18th century. Carriera became known...

Maia Heguiaphal 5 March 2024

Interview

My Great-Grandmother Tamara de Lempicka: An Interview with Marisa de Lempicka

You may not know her name but you surely know her works. Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) is the icon of a modern woman, the epitome of Art Deco. She...

Lauren Kraut 4 March 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Officer of the Hussars by Kehinde Wiley

Let’s talk about the Officer of the Hussars by Kehinde Wiley. Wiley is a Nigerian artist, based in New York, with studios in China and Senegal. He...

Joanna Kaszubowska 4 March 2024

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Empress Elisabeth of Austria (detail), 1865. Oil on canvas. The Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria. Herstory

Empress Sisi: What Art Doesn’t Show Us

Elizabeth of Austria, more commonly known as Sisi, was Empress of the Austrian-Habsburg Empire from 1854 until 1898. Captivating paintings and...

Errika Gerakiti 4 March 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell

Rebellious, creative and productive. Three of the so many adjectives to depict the two very intelligent artists sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia...

Merve Parla 4 March 2024

Henri Manuel, Marie Curie in her laboratory, located rue Cuvier, 1908, Musée Curie, Paris, France. Photography

Marie Curie – Portraits of the Double Nobel Prize Winner

Marie Skłodowska-Curie is arguably the most famous female scientist in history and one of the most accomplished scientists ever. Since she was a...

Jimena Escoto 1 March 2024