#symbols

Women Artists

Frida Kahlo and the Symbolism in Her Art

Frida Kahlo, who lived during the first half of the 20th century changed art history. She put her own dreams into her work. She had many ups and...

Emre Kagitci 3 December 2021

Fruits, Flowers, and Death: Still Lifes in Art History

Still lifes are one of the most recurrent and well-known themes in art history. These subjects are usually representations of inanimate objects such...

Andra Patricia Ritisan 9 August 2021

The Fascinating Ceramic Tile Art of the Anatolian Seljuks

The ceramic tile art of the Anatolian Seljuks dazzled with its mystical turquoise hues, fantastical creatures, and figural depictions. So, who were...

Marga Patterson 23 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

Symbolism

Symbolism Special: Jacek Malczewski’s Dates with Death

Jacek Malczewski is one of the most important Polish symbolist painters. Malczewski is associated with the Young Poland movement (Młoda Polska), a...

Magda Michalska 15 July 2021

Renaissance

All You Should Know About the Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia I

A famous print, known as Melencolia I created by Albrecht Dürer is one of the most intriguing works in art history. In this modest monochromatic...

Zuzanna Stańska 2 July 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

The Mystery Of Dürer’s Magic Square

Many weird things appear in Albrecht Dürer’s famous engraving Melencolia. Among them is a magic constant 34 square, a well-known and enigmatic...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 May 2021

Commedia dell’Arte Characters in Art

Commedia dell’arte is a form of theater popular from the 16th to the 18th century. The name means comedy of art indicating that the performers...

Anastasia Manioudaki 22 March 2021

Language of Flowers: Hidden Messages in Flora

In 2021, we have texting and email. Social media and telephone calls. But a century ago, it was not quite as easy to get a message or love note...

Rachel Witte 16 February 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Pieter de Ring, Still Life with a Golden Goblet

Why is food such a popular image for art and culture? For millennia it has been a source of inspiration from ancient Roman mosaics through Dutch...

James W Singer 14 February 2021

The 12 Days of Christmas

In the spirit of the festive season, our gift to you is the 12 days of Christmas retold in artworks. The Twelve Days of Christmas is a carol with...

Isla Phillips 25 December 2020