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 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.
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.
"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...
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).
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.
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.
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?
During conservation of Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten's 'A Vanitas' conservators revealed hitherto concealed self-portrait.
"The life of Fanny Cornforth is forever linked to that of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Fairly or unfairly, it is his art that defines our impression of her." — Kirsty Stonell Walker, Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth
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.
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 third great painter of the High Renaissance period was Raphael, as much a genius as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
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.
This article summarizes the artistic movement known as Futurism and suggests its importance in early twentieth century modern art.
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!
The Guernica is Pablo Picasso's most famous painting due to the rich history, fantastic artistry, and the emotion it evokes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been; I am also called No-more, Too-late, Farewell." — Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The amazing story of a 3600 year old Minoan wall painting, the civilization that created it, and the incredible catastrophe that preserved it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many different symbols representing bi pride and bisexual visibility that you may encounter at LGBT+ Pride events.
Geometric Mouse X Sculpture by Claes Oldenburg is a public art sculpture located in downtown Houston.
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.
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.
Facts and background about the artist Vincent Van Gogh's famous ear-cutting. Why did he do it and what happened afterwards?
"She’s like a queen, magnificently tall, with a lovely figure, a stately neck, and a face of the most delicate and finished modelling: the flow of surface from the temples over the cheek is exactly like the carving of a Phidean goddess" – Walter Howell Deverell describing Elizabeth Siddal
What is art? We'll explore modern museums and proceduralist, expressionist, and functionalist arguments on what art is.
Pop Art started in the middle of the 1950s in Britain and soon spread across the Atlantic to the United States in the late 1950s.
A guide to modern sculpture. This article looks at Rodin, Brancusi and other world sculptors up to present day Ai Weiwei.
The Royal Collection presents Royal Gifts. The exhibition forms part of the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace during summer 2017.
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.
"Women are important in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. But while their faces are seen everywhere - in oil paintings, watercolors, drawings – their voices are never heard." — Jan Marsh, Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood (Quartet Books, 1985)
Dulwich Picture Gallery presents a major retrospective exhibition of work by British artist Vanessa Bell, founder member of the Bloomsbury Group.
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.
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.
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 includes an analysis of Jacques-Louise David's 'Oath of Horatii' with an overview of Neoclassicism
What was unconventional and shocking about Impressionists–the way they challenged prevailing traditions; the speed and casualness with which they painted–has now become part of what many people considered to be good art.
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.
An overview of the origins and evolution of Christian art from its onset to the end of the 9th century.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An introduction to the hugely talented and successful cartoonist who dared to find humor in the macabre.
"On the wall was a large nearly full-length portrait of her by Rossetti, so strange and unreal that if you hadn’t seen her you’d pronounce it a distempered vision, but in fact an extremely good likeness." — American Writer Henry James About Jane Burden Morris
"The very hem of the poor girl's dress, at which the painter has labored so closely, thread by thread, has a story in it, if we think how soon its pure whiteness may be soiled with dust and rain, her outcast feet failing in the street" - John Ruskin to the Times on 25 May 1854 about The Controversy
See eleven photos and read about the artists who created these European masterpieces from the 1400s to the 1800s.
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.
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.
The incredible art of Johantan Saiz, China Haul, Todd Schorr, Natalia Fabia, Casper Kang and Mike Davis - All part of the lowbrow art movement.
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.
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.
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.
M.C. Escher, or Maurits Cornelis Escher, was a graphic artist known for his creative, and mind boggling drawings, woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints.
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.
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 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.
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!
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
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.
The kiss can be an obligatory greeting, a sign of respect, a personal expression of caring concern, and so much more.
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.
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!
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...
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.
Discover the similarities and differences between the Babylonian relief "The Queen of the Night" and the Greek Statue "Venus de Milo."
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.
Art of the American West has become an increasingly popular genre during the last century. Here I discuss a selection of some of the most well-known artists of the 19th century American frontier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I spent 14 years teaching watercolor art therapy classes to senior citizens. Here are about 7 of the things I learned that may help others start art therapy classes.
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?
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?
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.
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.
In dark of night, when nobody else was around, a petty criminal stole the world’s most famous painting.
Painter van Gogh created this series to decorate the walls of the bedroom of his poet friend, Paul Gaugin. The friendship did not endure the paintings do.
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.
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.
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...
Dread Scott’s work, “What is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag?” sparked much controversy about whether "desecrating" the US flag in the name of art is protected under free speech.