#religious art

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece of the Week: Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms by Pieter Aertsen

Pieter Aertsen’s Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms is an interesting painting as it provides a wonderful glimpse into the varied ...

James W Singer 12 September 2021

Women Artists

Everything You Need to Know About Plautilla Nelli

Sister Plautilla was a Florentine nun and artist who lived in 16th century Italy. After centuries of neglect, her work is finally being rediscovered, ...

Vithória Konzen Dill 2 August 2021

Islamic art

The Art of Mihrab – Little Masterpieces of Islamic Art

What is a mihrab (miḥrāb)? It’s a typically semi-circular niche in a mosque. It’s usually inserted in the center of a Quibla wall, the ...

Magda Michalska 22 July 2021

Islamic art

Everything You Should Know About Islamic Art

Bright colorful mosaics, stunning arches, amazing constructions in the middle of the desert, beautifully ornate calligraphy, incredible rock crystal ...

Irina Diana Calu 19 July 2021

Ancient Rome

Masterpiece of the Week: Mithras Slaying the Bull

Mithras Slaying the Bull is a compilation of the entire religious and symbolic images of Mithraism. It reflects promised immortality and personal ...

James W Singer 18 July 2021

Literature

A Tale of Revenge and Justice: The Oresteia in Paintings

Marcus Aurelius, the last of the five good Roman emperors once wrote: “The best way to avenge yourself is not to become as they are” (Meditations ...

Erol Degirmenci 13 July 2021

Art Travels

When in Mexico: Mysterious and Beautiful Flower Crowned Nun Portraits

Gambol into the lobby of most Mexican hotels, or visit any antique store in Mexico, and you’re bound to find a portrait of an 18th or 19th-century ...

Guest Profile 5 July 2021

Art Travels

A Texas Must See for Modern Art Fans: Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is a non-denominational chapel in Houston, Texas, founded by John and Dominique de Menil. It is definitely among the major works of ...

Zuzanna Stańska 11 June 2021

Erotica

Why is St Sebastian a Gay Icon?

One may think that Christian saints have little in common with gay culture, but there is an exception to every rule. If you see a handsome guy in his ...

Magda Michalska 6 June 2021

Medieval Art

Medieval Take on Comic Books – Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

The Middle Ages have a very sketchy reputation. On one hand, we know that a lot of amazing art was created during that time. On the other hand, ...

Joanna Kaszubowska 16 May 2021

Artist Stories

Andy Warhol: Religious Artist for a Secular Society

When I first saw a photo of Andy Warhol he was in a wig and wearing lipstick. I thought what an interesting woman that was. And he was of course one ...

Marina Kochetkova 13 May 2021

Medieval Art

All that Glitters: The Sparkling World of Medieval Mosaics

Welcome to the sparkling world of medieval mosaics! Although not as famous as illuminated manuscripts or stained glass, mosaic was a popular art form ...

Alexandra Kiely 10 May 2021