The 9th and 10th centuries saw an interested Spanish Caliphate yearn for the pottery objects and styles of the Islamic clay potters who were known experts in the field of ceramic ware production.
Dulwich Picture Gallery presents a major retrospective exhibition of work by British artist Vanessa Bell, founder member of the Bloomsbury Group.
The third great painter of the High Renaissance period was Raphael, as much a genius as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
I spent 14 years teaching watercolor art therapy classes for senior citizens. Here are just 4 of the things I learned that may help others start art therapy classes.
This article includes an analysis of Jacques-Louise David's 'Oath of Horatii' with an overview of Neoclassicism
Robert McGinnis was the king of paperback covers. The golden age of pulps was also the golden age of his art. He was an astute painter. There were many who can draw scantily clothed women. But McGinnis has the gift of composition. His lines were clean and sensual, his anatomical details lifelike.
The Royal Collection presents Royal Gifts. The exhibition forms part of the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace during summer 2017.
Crows are a species of bird that are highly intelligent, fasincinating to watch, and highly misunderstood by humankind. Crows art is also a largely-overlooked art genre! "Crow Art..." takes a look at crow art around the world, artists who are famous for their crow paintings, and crows in cultures all around the world!
Explore the history of Pointillism painting, the rationale behind the technique, and meet both classical and modern Pointillists and their works. Includes images, links, video, and quotations from the artists.
A guide to the history of modern sculpture, beginning with Auguste Rodin, 'father of modern sculpture'. Brancusi and other world sculptors up to present day Ai Weiwei are studied. With original images from Yorkshire Sculpture Park of contemporary modern sculptors.
Besides the sketches of inventions, studies of anatomy, sketches of masterpieces, and myriad of ideas. Leonardo da Vinci’s handwriting has fascinated his readers for centuries. Find out why here!
A critical analysis of 'The Scream'. Adapted from a university essay I wrote in 2003. Includes full references.
The V&A Museum presents Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London. The exhibition explores the life and work of Lockwood Kipling, a key figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.
The Wallace Collection presents El Greco to Goya - Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum. The exhibition explores three centuries of Spanish art through works by many great Spanish Masters.
Exploring a large art gallery online is fun and educational. In this article I review four websites that enable people to examine paintings and sculptures at home.
The Guernica is Pablo Picasso's most famous painting due to the rich history, fantastic artistry, and the emotion it evokes.
"As a rule, each room was home to three families; penury, filth and vice thrived there” These are the words of Artist and Illustrator Carl Larsson, describing his childhood in the slums of Stockholm in the 1850s and 60s. Cholera and tuberculosis...
Here is a short account of the life and work of Pietro da Cortona, who was a highly influential artist during the Baroque period of the 17th century.
We've all heard the story about Robin Hood, a hero who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. What we don’t know is that there is a Robin Hood living among us today, and his name is Banksy.
This article explores the history and the controversy of the wooden Indian figure, which is often situated at the entrance of tobacco stores.
Examinations on various artworks show that the painter and the painting have an intimate and important connection. This gives a reason as to why understanding the biography and ethnicity of an artist is important in interpreting his artwork.
I had long seen this beautiful quilt hanging at the Fresno Adult Education foyer and wondered about it. I did some checking and talked with a few people before finding the answers of a unique textile art form made by the Hmong people. Here is what I uncovered.
Art Nouveau is a distinctive and easily recognised style once you grasp the principles and ideas behind it. This guide aims to help you do that.
Famous paintings of world renowned artists are indeed priceless and contain interesting little-known facts that are worth exploring. Read through the article to see what lie behind these masterpieces.
Over the past summer, at a local art museum, there was a special exhibition for the studio of William Henry Rinehart. Within the exhibition was explained the process of marble carving.
During conservation of Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten's 'A Vanitas' conservators revealed hitherto concealed self-portrait.
In the case of vision as of all other senses, we do not directly apprehend the physical world; we merely perceive what the brain makes of it.
18th-century American folk-art painters were amateurish, simple everyday people that had some creative flair and a passionate urge to draw and paint. Their drawings lacked proportion and are mostly characterized by a naïve style where the traditional rules of perspective are not existent.
Do you know what message you send out when you wear or use black? And did you know that black can be a symbol for both luxury, poverty, humility and penance as well as evil, sex and power?
An introduction to the hugely talented and successful cartoonist who dared to find humor in the macabre.
From Edgar Degas' sculpture and paintings to the painted works of Renoir and other Impressionist artists, ballet and ballerinas inspired some of the most beautiful art of the 19th century.
There are many different symbols representing bi pride and bisexual visibility that you may encounter at LGBT+ Pride events.
M.C. Escher, or Maurits Cornelis Escher, was a graphic artist known for his creative, and mind boggling drawings, woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints.
Claude Lorrain was a 17th century French artist who specialized in large-scale landscapes that incorporated scenes from the Bible or mythology
Painting and illustrating are skills the Dutch are well known for, but it's the Dutch illustrator Anton Pieck who, I think, never got the recognition he deserved.
The end of the world is upon us, and it’s too late to, “party like it is 1999!” Well, you can still have a little fun learning about the torture your soul will endure if you are guilty of the Seven Deadly Sins.
The Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor is an incredible museum exhibit. Despite their stunning visual appearance, being in the presence of their almost unbelievable story is the real reason you should visit them if you have the chance.
Discover the similarities and differences between the Babylonian relief "The Queen of the Night" and the Greek Statue "Venus de Milo."
Las Meninas, painted by Diego Velazquez in 1656. wikipedia One of the most highly viewed and analyzed paintings in Spanish history is the portrait painting by Diego Velazquez, Las Meninas. Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez was one of Europe' s...
Moon paintings have been a part of Chinese and Japanese art for many centuries. Images of the moon are strongly associated with these two countries. This hub explores the history of these paintings and prints and the meaning of the moon in Chinese and Japanese artwork.
No, I'm not talking about the red, white and blue t-shirt you wear on the 4th of July. All-American Style is much more subtle. It is representative of our history, lifestyle and who we are as a people, rather than a flag-waving display of patriotism. Not that there's anything wrong with that!
Metal artworks and sculptures may have been produced for centuries, but today, works of art made from metal and other alloys are not only used for adornment, but for décor and ornamentation too...
Just because you produce a great wine does not mean you have a good looking label. Since many choose their wine based on the label, producers should care more. A lot more.
Europe had an incredible "face lift" in the arts between the years 1600 and 1750. Everything from architecture, painting, sculpture, and music changed dramatically in both looks and sound. Read on to learn about the key changesin the arts of the Baroque era.
The Unicorn Tapestries are a set of seven historical art pieces that tell a story of a mythical beast. The collection is housed at The Cloisters museum in New York City, but a reproduction is hanging at the Stirling Castle in Scotland.
I’m sure you have seen Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man before; it´s one of the images most reproduced in academic books, movies, art and parodies. But what is it that makes it so special? Come on and I will tell you.
On October 9, 1991, the artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude simultaneously opened 3,100 umbrellas placed between two sites in California and Japan. This is the story of that project.
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser was a classic novel based on the true case of Chester Gillette. Forty years after the tragedy it became a classic movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun. This love triangle is the original true story that has inspired the plot for numerous love triangle movies.
Samuel Bak is a Holocaust survivor, whose canvas paintings encompass the artist's life history. Though not a household name, the paintings of Bak are represented in many important collections around the world.
A short history of the Art Deco period,with focus and analysis on Adolphe Mouron Cassandre as a graphic designer and artist. Good resource for art students.
Joseph Wright (1734-97) spent much of his life in his birth town of Derby and is thus often referred to as “Joseph Wright of Derby”. He was an original painter who is generally renowned for his paintings that used science and industry for their subjects. He was also a noted portraitist.
Learn the differences between two major schools of painting. You’ll then be better able to decide which paintings you like, and understand why you like them.
The technical perfection of ancient Greek pottery shows us that the handmade earthenware pieces they crafted required an unusual kind of concentration and deft hands to be able to fashion such perfect works of ceramic/pottery art.
In dark of night, when nobody else was around, a petty criminal stole the world’s most famous painting.
Modern art is often misunderstood. Let's sort out the facts from the fiction, exposing popular myths and finding out the truth about the history, styles and most famous practitioners of modern art.
As Maynard Dixon prospered with his desert landscapes, he was able to buy a place in Mount Carmel, Utah. Here, he built a home, studio and bunkhouse, all of which are open for touring.
Camille Pissarro was one of the most prominent Impressionistic artists. He was also a known anarchist. Did his political beliefs find their way into his artwork?
In the Italy of the 12th century beautiful aristocratic women were usually the pawns of powerful men. Sometimes they took their revenge. This tragic love story of Paulo and Francesca shows how a cruelly duped woman took the man she truly loved and paid for her love with her life.
Early to Late Christianity is documented through craft arts. This art employs medium such as illuminated manuscripts, ivory carvings, and the diptych style of plaque. Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well, Suicide of Judas and Crucifixion of Christ, Barberini Ivory, etc.
The success of Annibale Carracci as a fresco painter in Rome encouraged a number of his pupils from Bologna to follow his example and seek commissions from rich and powerful patrons in the papal city.
Painted screens are a unique folk art tradition of Baltimore, Maryland that gave inhabitants of narrow streets privacy. Includes how to paint a screen as well as a gallery of decorated screens.
Artwork on military aircraft has been around since the beginning of military aviation. Artwork for fun has on occasion become heraldry and in at least one case took on a practical purpose. As with all art forms sometimes it was censored.
Stone carving as an art has created marvellous sculptures in India, even in caves. Tourists travel far to see these excellent creations in temples and historical buildings.
Sally Mann's 'Candy Cigarette' is perhaps one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century. Who is that girl in white? What is she doing and what does it symbolize?
Ever since I was a little girl I've had a fascination with fairies. There are so many stories about them in so many cultures and traditions, that I can't help but wonder whether there is some basis in truth for their existence.
Many people are aware of Celtic art. Beautiful scroll-work type designs, and Celtic crosses, almost devoid of linear patterns and symmetry can be traced back some several thousand years or more.
This is the story of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Like some of the more famous artists (or maybe infamous) like Raphael and Madonna, he was simply known as Caravaggio.
This article summarizes the artistic movement known as Futurism and suggests its importance in early twentieth century modern art.
The incredible art of Johantan Saiz, China Haul, Todd Schorr, Natalia Fabia, Casper Kang and Mike Davis - All part of the lowbrow art movement.
A voluptuous beauty, questionable reputation, and a sad ending: A fascinating life account of an English Pre-Raphaelite art model Fanny Cornforth
Circles are all around us every day. We don't often pay attention to them, but yet we have an unending fascination with them. Why is that? Let's explore that thought.
Dreaming is an important theme that has appeared in art throughout history. Henri Rousseau and Francisco Goya's art demonstrate that this theme can take on radically different forms.
Early American pottery was not made for decorative purposes, but rather, were created for functional everyday-use objects in the home environment. They lacked finesse and style, neither did they have any known value.
Art History: Here I provide information on the bronze "David" statue by Donatello and the "School of Athens" painting by Raphael, as well as the larger role each piece plays in the Renaissance time period in Europe.
In the summer of 1849, a picture went on exhibition in London bearing the mysterious initials PRB. It was the first public offering by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of a small group of young artists who would completely change the face of British art in the 19th century.
See eleven photos and read about the artists who created these European masterpieces from the 1400s to the 1800s.
The amazing story of a 3600 year old Minoan wall painting, the civilization that created it, and the incredible catastrophe that preserved it.
Some critics believe the use of a coloring book isn't true art or that it's "infantilizing" Western culture. Others are firm believers in a coloring book's therapeutic potential.
How did our forebears record the precious moments in life before the advent of photography? They took out their brushes and painted, or commissioned someone who was up to the job. Here are some of those paintings from years gone by.
Vincent van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) painted Starry Night in 1889, one year before his death. The painting depicts a phase of his life where he was in need for realism that has become the driving force in his life and work.
The history of the Sistine Chapel in 19 documented facts: from the project of Sixtus IV to the 1980s and 1990s restoration and the led lighting in 2014.
Hiroshi Sugimoto is a contemporary Japanese photographer who experiments with slow shutter speed photography. Born on February 23, 1948, Sugimoto has developed his own signature style with his work.
Learn more about the trends and evolution of art in the twentieth century from Matisse and Picasso to Lichtenstein and Warhol!
What is art? We'll explore modern museums and proceduralist, expressionist, and functionalist arguments on what art is.
Caravaggio (1571-1610) was one of the most extraordinary characters in the history of art. His fiery temper and wild behaviour led to a sometimes tempestuous life, and this was reflected in his paintings. His treatment of light added to their drama.
This article takes a look at the meaning of bamboo in east Asian art, some of the great Chinese bamboo painters, and a little about Chinese, Japanese, and Korean bamboo paintings.
The Russian Avant-garde artistic movement is typically thought of existing primarily in the years of 1890-1930 and was a time of artistic freedom, experimentalism, and abstract expression. Rayonnism, Suprematism, and Constructivism are the three main artistic movements that fall under the greater Avant-garde label. Rayonnism is related to cubism and expressed a new take on light, time, and space that was not dependent on a particular subject. Mikhail Larionov is one of the most prominent Rayonni
Carp art - and in particular koi art - is some of the most famous artwork to be exported from Asia. In "Chinese and Japanese Koi Fish Art", Chinese and Japanese carp paintings, koi art, and the history and cultural significance behind the carp are discussed.
Geometric Mouse X Sculpture by Claes Oldenburg is a public art sculpture located in downtown Houston.
A look at some of the most unlikely modern artwork to have made it into the public domain including a pickled shark, a pile of bricks and a Brazilian favela.
One of the most interesting optical inventions Leonardo worked with was a camera obscura. Leonardo wasn’t the first person to use one of these, but he was the first person to connect the way a camera obscura worked with the way the human eye worked.
London's Fashion and Textile Museum presents JOSEF FRANK Patterns-Furniture-Painting. This exhibition explores the colourful and imaginative work of Austrian-born artist Josef Frank.
The kiss can be an obligatory greeting, a sign of respect, a personal expression of caring concern, and so much more.
Vincent van Gogh's art pulsates with passion and vitality. Presented here are mages of my own art, the stories behind them and how they have been inspired by Vincent.
The options on viewing birds and the pros and cons boils down to your own preference, but your vision will be clearer now with ideas on the subject.
The article summarizes the career of American artist Willem de Kooning, who became the most influential and perhaps the highest paid abstract artist in American history.
This is the artist who started the direction of the artists’ movement that has remained a favorite of people for a century: the Impressionist movement. This is the story of Edouard Manet (1883-1932).
Painter van Gogh created this series to decorate the walls of the bedroom of his poet friend, Paul Gaugin. The friendship did not endure, but the paintings do.