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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


Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca. 1662, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

Published on September 10th, 2017 | by Zuzanna Stanska

This is a typical Vermeer – an ideal woman in an ideal home. In fact, everything around is ideal. Balanced shapes and colors (mainly the primaries) enhance the harmonious mood. The basin and water pitcher are recognized as... Read More



Why Is St Sebastian A Gay Icon?

Published on September 9th, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

One may think that Christian saints have little in common with the gay culture. But there is an exception to every rule: if you see a handsome guy in his early twenties perforated by arrows, you... Read More

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