art history

How the Development of the Camera Changed Our World

These days, thanks to smartphones, almost everyone has a camera with them at any given moment. And, there is no doubt about the impact of photography on the entire world. Rewinding time, before
How Flowers Blossomed Into One of Art History’s Most Popular Subjects

How Flowers Blossomed Into One of Art History’s Most Popular Subjects

Throughout the history of art, certain subjects have resonated particularly strongly with artists and audiences alike. Ranging from cats to Cupid, these revisited trends reveal art's most popular

Upcoming Exhibition Uses Frida Kahlo’s Personal Belongings to Tell Her Life Story

This summer, London's famed Victoria and Albert Museum will present Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up. Featuring a colorful collection of Kahlo's personal possessions, the highly anticipated exhibition
Archaeologists Discover What May Be the World’s Oldest Crayon

Archaeologists Discover What May Be the World’s Oldest Crayon

Archaeologists working on a site near an ancient lake in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a crayon. The reddish-brown piece of ochre is
How Illuminated Manuscripts Were Created During the Middle Ages

How Illuminated Manuscripts Were Created During the Middle Ages

In an increasingly paperless world, it's easy to forget books were once precious objects that were works of art unto themselves. Long before the industrial printing press, hand-crafted manuscripts
How Marble Sculptures Have Inspired Artists and Captivated Audiences for Millenia

How Marble Sculptures Have Inspired Artists and Captivated Audiences for Millenia

Throughout art history, sculptors have experimented with an eclectic range of mediums. While cast bronze, carved wood, and fired clay have made lasting impressions, no material has captivated quite
Why Rembrandt Is Considered One of Art History’s Most Important Old Masters

Why Rembrandt Is Considered One of Art History’s Most Important Old Masters

Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is regarded as one the most important and influential figures in the history of art. Celebrated for his successes spanning multiple mediums and types of
Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari

Vasari was an artist and architect in 16th-century Italy. But what really made him famous was his writing. He penned biographies of famous artists, but he wasn't exactly exacting about the details.
How the Louvre Turned From Medieval Fortress to World-Famous Museum

How the Louvre Turned From Medieval Fortress to World-Famous Museum

Pairing a priceless permanent collection with a captivating history, it is no wonder why Paris' Musée du Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. Though it is renowned for its role as a major
The Mysterious History of the Marble ‘Venus de Milo’ Statue

The Mysterious History of the Marble ‘Venus de Milo’ Statue

As one of art history's most significant sculptures, the Venus de Milo continues to captivate audiences today. Located in the Louvre Museum, the marble masterpiece is celebrated for its Hellenistic
How a Single Sculpture Inspired Some of Rodin’s Most Famous Works

How a Single Sculpture Inspired Some of Rodin’s Most Famous Works

Fascinated by the human body, prolific sculptor Auguste Rodin is renowned for his figurative sculptures. While the artist dabbled in everything from historic busts to anatomical studies, he is most
How Henri Matisse Revolutionized Traditional Art and His Influence on Modern Art

How Henri Matisse Revolutionized Traditional Art and His Influence on Modern Art

As art history tells us, it was American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko who revolutionized and redefined art in the 1940s and ‘50s. They pioneered the abstract art
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

Gertrude Stein is an icon in the world of modernist literature. Alice B. Toklas is often described as her partner and assistant, but she was also published writer, and “assistant” really doesn't cover

The History of Cupid in Art: How the God of Love Has Inspired Artists for Centuries

With his tiny wings, heart-tipped arrow, and angel-like appearance, Cupid is an iconic and instantly recognizable figure in popular culture. While, today, the cherubic character is typically seen
The History of the Color Blue: From Ancient Egypt to the Latest Scientific Discoveries

The History of the Color Blue: From Ancient Egypt to the Latest Scientific Discoveries

The color blue is associated with two of Earth’s greatest natural features: the sky and the ocean. But that wasn’t always the case. Some scientists believe that the earliest humans were actually
Exploring the Major Contributions of the Lesser-Known ‘Northern Renaissance’

Exploring the Major Contributions of the Lesser-Known ‘Northern Renaissance’

In the 15th century, artistic tastes throughout Europe started to shift. This change resulted in a period known as the Renaissance, a 300-year “golden age” of enlightenment. To many people, this piece
One Minute Art History: A Hand-Drawn Animation in Myriad Historical Art Styles

One Minute Art History: A Hand-Drawn Animation in Myriad Historical Art Styles

Filmmaker and educator Cao Shu captures the history of art in an experimental short film that lasts for less than one minute. Throughout the film, the central character goes through the small motions
9 Famous French Painters You Should Know

9 Famous French Painters You Should Know

There’re countless artists from across the globe who have shaped the art world as we know it today. However, France has been home to many of the most famous and influential painters in Western
Handwritten 19th-Century Color Guide Poetically Describes Where Shades Are Found in Nature

Handwritten 19th-Century Color Guide Poetically Describes Where Shades Are Found in Nature

Today, many color-loving creatives aim to illustrate and identify tones found in the natural world. From landscape-based color palettes to real-world Pantone matches, these polychromatic pieces sort
The Evolution of Picasso’s Painting Style and What Each Artistic Choice Represents

The Evolution of Picasso’s Painting Style and What Each Artistic Choice Represents

Throughout an artist's lifetime, changes in approach, subject matter, and even style are to be expected. This phenomenon is apparent in the evolution of modern art‘s most beloved painters, from