#Portraits

Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1802, Château de Versailles, France. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps is one of the most famous and politically iconic images of European art history. However, it is a...

James W Singer 4 December 2023

Women Artists

Anne Vallayer-Coster: A Life of Still Life

The still life genre often seems less interesting than other art forms, so perhaps it is unsurprising that 18th-century French painter Anne...

Catriona Miller 4 December 2023

European Art

10 Early Picasso Works You Should Know

Pablo Picasso painted his first works during the early years of his life. According to his mother, his first words were “piz, piz”, a shortening...

Zuzanna Stańska 25 November 2023

Women Artists

Trials and Triumphs: Lives of Women in the Works of Indian Women Artists

The depiction of women has been essential imagery in the course of Indian art since the ancient era. Associated with fertility, abundance, and...

Guest Profile 9 November 2023

Women Artists

Four Female Court Painters You Did Not Know

Throughout history, art has always played an important role in royal propaganda across Europe. Royal families were in a race to employ the best...

Gokce Dyson 6 November 2023

Baroque

Frans Hals in 10 Paintings

Frans Hals, the prominent Dutch Golden Age painter, left an enduring legacy through his exceptional mastery of portraiture. The way he captured the...

Nicole Ganbold 30 October 2023

Baroque

Nine Reasons to Smile with Frans Hals’ Portraits

Frans Hals (c. 1582–1666) was one of the Dutch Golden Age painters. Born in Antwerp, he spent his entire adult life in Haarlem. Hals is most famous...

Joanna Kaszubowska 30 October 2023

Interview

Obscured Existence: Wang Guangyi at Palazzo Pitti in Florence

On view until December 10, 2023, Wang Guangyi’s Obscured Existence is the first Italian solo show of the Chinese artist. We talked to Wang...

Carlotta Mazzoli 26 October 2023

Cecilia Beaux, Twilight Confidences, 1888. Women Artists

Cecilia Beaux in 10 Paintings

American painter Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) cannot be neatly pigeonholed into any artistic category. Rather, she sits at a curious intersection...

Natalia Iacobelli 22 October 2023

Photography

Watch Nicole Kidman as John Singer Sargent’s Sitters

In June 1999, Nicole Kidman was featured on the cover of Vogue. She was photographed and posed in a number of John Singer Sargent re-imaginings by...

Zuzanna Stańska 7 October 2023

Review

Rubens and Women at Dulwich Picture Gallery: Flesh and Spirit

Peter Paul Rubens is so famous for painting voluptuous nudes that his name has become an adjective to describe them. A new exhibition at Dulwich...

Catriona Miller 2 October 2023

Women Artists

Portraits by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: They Are Black Because I’m Not White

Celebrated in 2018 with a solo show at the New Museum in New York, the English painter of Ghanaian descent Lynette Yiadom-Boakye hypnotized me with...

Magda Michalska 1 October 2023