#Portraits

Mary Beale. Mary Beale, Self-portrait, c. 1670, Moyses Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, London, UK. Women Artists

Mary Beale – England’s First Professional Female Artist

Mary Beale was a Baroque painter from the 17th century. Her talent led her to become the first professional British female artist. Luckily, she...

Jimena Escoto 20 February 2022

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 February 2022

Contemporary Art

Official Portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama

On February 12, 2018, the official portraits of former US president Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle were unveiled. They are the latest...

Karolina 17 February 2022

Art History 101

Where is the Queen? Black Women in Western Art

For centuries, Black women appeared in Western art as slaves, servants, or exotic novelties. But as regal queens and leaders? Shamefully not. We will...

Candy Bedworth 17 February 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The African King Caspar by Hendrik Heerschop

White subjects have dominated the Western art tradition for millennia, while people of color have been vastly underrepresented and misrepresented.

James W Singer 17 February 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Kehinde Wiley, Officer of the Hussars

February is Black History Month in the United States (in the UK it is in October) so let’s celebrate with the Officer of the Hussars by Kehinde...

Joanna Kaszubowska 14 February 2022

WTF Art History

Fifty Shades of Dr. Pozzi

There he is, a handsome gynecologist in a portrait entitled Dr. Pozzi at Home painted by John Singer Sargent. Pozzi was a dandy, a gynecologist, and...

Zuzanna Stańska 13 February 2022

Lady with an Ermine Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Leonardo da Vinci, Lady with an Ermine

One of the greatest masterpieces of Western art, Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci, presents Cecilia Gallerani (ca. 1473-1536). Young,...

Zuzanna Stańska 9 February 2022

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 28 January 2022

Manet philosophers Museum Stories

Manet’s Philosophers

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California is hosting two masterpieces by 19th century French artist, Édouard Manet from the permanent...

Maya M. Tola 23 January 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Édouard Manet’s Portrait of Eva Gonzalès

You’ve probably heard of the Impressionists: Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, and Camille Pissarro. These guys are not only known for...

Abreeza Thomas 23 January 2022

cézanne portraits Art History 101

5 Portraits by Paul Cézanne You Have Probably Never Seen Before

Paul Cézanne is mostly associated with still-lifes. Characteristic square apples and oranges laid on the tables with kicked perspective are...

Zuzanna Stańska 19 January 2022