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Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1863, Musée d'Orsay

10 Most Scandalous Nudes in Art (NSFW)

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by Zuzanna Stanska

We’re here to let you in on a pretty widely known secret about art history: it was all about sex. Nude representations of men and women caused scandals throughout centuries (female nudes of course more often,... Read More

Art History 101


Caravaggisti: Fans, Epigons, Masters?

Published on September 20th, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

Caravaggio made an impact on painting already in his times. Probably because he behaved in defiance of all norms of the Church which was his biggest patron and commissioner. What a character he was… We could crown... Read More

Art History 101


Mannierism? Watch Your Manners!

Published on September 19th, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

Young artists who left workshops in the years following the activity of Michelangelo and Raphael must have had a very hard time: how could one create art as perfect as theirs, how could one outdo their... Read More


Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge, c. 1920-22, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge

Published on September 17th, 2017 | by Zuzanna Stanska

Claude Monet in 1924 wrote: “It took me a long time to understand my water lilies…. I grew them without thinking of painting them…. And then, all of a sudden, I had the revelation of the... Read More



Meet Madame de Pompadour, The Queen of Arts in Portraits

Published on September 16th, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

Elvis Presley’s famous hairstyle was called after her, a French champagne glass is believed to have been modelled after her breast, and according to the legend, the ‘marquise cut’ diamond was commissioned to resemble the shape... Read More

Artists' Stories


The Hundred Faces Of Kiki de Montparnasse

Published on September 15th, 2017 | by Zuzanna Stanska

She was an actress, singer and muse to Man Ray. Known as the “Queen of Montparnasse” she influenced the trajectory of Paris’s roaring 1920s. Kiki, originally Alice Prin, was born in Burgundy in 1901, and had a... Read More

Middle Ages


An Illuminated Year With Limbourg Brothers

Published on September 14th, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

Imagine you are an extremely rich duke who lives in the 15th century and likes books and castles. What do you do to have them both? Commission a book filled with castles, as John the Magnificent, Duke... Read More

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