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Scrimshaw: True American Art

Published on April 13th, 2017 | by Anthony de Feo

Despite the enormity of whales, those pursuing them could go weeks, even months at a time without seeing a single one. With all that time between hunts, sailors needed something to occupy their hands. From boredom... Read More


Anna Atkins Photography

Anna Atkins: Photography And The Botanist

Published on April 12th, 2017 | by Zuzanna Stanska

Anna Atkins turned to photography not because she loved this medium – but because it was useful to her. Atkins was a botanist, who developed an interest in photography as a means of recording botanical specimens... Read More


The Thankful Poor by Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry Ossawa Tanner – African-American Artistic Pioneer

Published on April 11th, 2017 | by Alexandra Kiely

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the first African-American to become an internationally successful artist, was known for his beautiful religious paintings and scenes of African-American life. He is often compared to Old Masters such as Rembrandt and... Read More

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florence street art

Florence Street Art Full Of Classic Art

Published on April 10th, 2017 | by Zuzanna Stanska

Florence street art may be something you don’t expect to see when you visit this beautiful city. But recently I’ve visited Florence and while wandering its streets full of Renaissance architecture I’ve spotted something very unexpected. Street... Read More


Emil Carlsen 4

The (Not So) Simple Style of Emil Carlsen

Published on April 8th, 2017 | by Anthony de Feo

Emil Carlsen was, for roughly the first forty years of his life, poor and relatively unknown. After all, he rejected the growing appeal of florid color and captured, fleeting light that predominated modern Impressionist taste. Instead,... Read More


Gustave Courbet, Woman With White Stockings, 1861, Barnes Foundation

Art Models XXL? No Photoshop Allowed!

Published on April 7th, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

The recent row over the Cannes poster featuring a famous actress Claudia Cardinale, who was slimmed with photoshop by poster designers made me think about our perception of beauty and ideal body size. A reflection that we... Read More


Raphael, La Fornarina, 1518-20, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica

The Legend Of The Death Of Raphael

Published on April 6th, 2017 | by Zuzanna Stanska

Raphael Santi, one of the greatest Renaissance painters died on this day, on Good Friday in 1520. He was only 37 years old and at the peak of his powers. So, what’s the legend I’ve mentioned... Read More


Salvador Dali and the lobster

Famous Lobsters In Art

Published on April 5th, 2017 | by Zuzanna Stanska

Historically, lobsters weren’t a very common subject of artists’ interests. But they happened from time to time. Here we have gathered all the famous lobsters we could find in art: Albrecht Dürer During his first Italian... Read More


Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt And His Mad Heads

Published on April 4th, 2017 | by Zuzanna Stanska

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt was a German-Austrian Late Baroque sculptor most famous for his “Character Heads”, a collection of busts with faces contorted in extreme facial expressions. They were to represent the full range of human expressions,... Read More

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