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10 Great Hispanic Artists Who Shaped Western Culture

10 Great Hispanic Artists Who Shaped Western Culture

Throughout the history of art, Hispanic artists have carved an important position as trailblazers. Unafraid to take risks, they often incorporate symbols and techniques that recall their native
20 Inspiring Van Gogh Quotes to Keep You Motivated to Create

20 Inspiring Van Gogh Quotes to Keep You Motivated to Create

From The Starry Night to the Sunflowers series, Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh is known for his pioneering paintings. In addition to his collection of expressive works on canvas, however, the
How This 30,000-Year-Old Figurine Continues to Captivate Today

How This 30,000-Year-Old Figurine Continues to Captivate Today

Throughout history, countless creatives have found inspiration in Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Derived from Aphrodite, a prominent deity in ancient Greek mythology, Venus was central to Roman
Interview: Curator of the Largest Monet Exhibition in 20 Years Discusses Monumental Show

Interview: Curator of the Largest Monet Exhibition in 20 Years Discusses Monumental Show

As a pioneer of Impressionism, Claude Monet remains one of art history’s most beloved figures. With an oeuvre comprising over 2,500 works, his work is prominently featured in myriad museums around the
A Detailed Look at Bernini’s Most Dramatically Lifelike Marble Sculpture

A Detailed Look at Bernini’s Most Dramatically Lifelike Marble Sculpture

In the 17th century, artists in Italy began embracing an increasingly elaborate style. Known as the Baroque movement, this shift toward an ornate, over-the-top aesthetic is evident in both the art and
How Pumpkins Have Inspired Yayoi Kusama’s Avant-Garde Art for Decades

How Pumpkins Have Inspired Yayoi Kusama’s Avant-Garde Art for Decades

View this post on Instagram A post shared by New York Botanical Garden (@nybg) on Jul 9, 2019 at 10:32am PDT Yayoi Kusama has carved out a name for herself as a top contemporary artist. Throughout her
MoMA’s $450 Million Renovation Creates Room for More Than Double the Amount of Art

MoMA’s $450 Million Renovation Creates Room for More Than Double the Amount of Art

Three million art lovers walk through the doors of New York’s MoMA each year. And now, they’re in for a special treat thanks to an exhaustive renovation and reimagining of the galleries that will open
5 Powerful Paintings by the Under-Appreciated Female Artist Artemisia Gentileschi

5 Powerful Paintings by the Under-Appreciated Female Artist Artemisia Gentileschi

For the sake of convenience, art history’s major movements are often associated with single, pioneering figures. The success of Impressionism, for example, is often credited to Claude Monet, while
How Alphonse Mucha’s Sinuous Art Nouveau Posters Elevated Printmaking as an Art Form

How Alphonse Mucha’s Sinuous Art Nouveau Posters Elevated Printmaking as an Art Form

At the end of the 19th century, a movement of “new art” swept through Europe. Characterized by an interest in stylistically reinterpreting the beauty of nature, artists from across the continent
Exploring Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà,’ a Masterpiece of Renaissance Sculpture

Exploring Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà,’ a Masterpiece of Renaissance Sculpture

For centuries, the world has been captivated by the groundbreaking art of Michelangelo. Working in multiple mediums, the Italian artist was a true Renaissance man, culminating in an impressive
The US has fewer than 400 statues of women—but that’s changing

The US has fewer than 400 statues of women—but that’s changing

For years, women have appeared in public art most frequently as metaphors, if they weren't omitted altogether.
A 21 Foot-Long Painting of The Last Supper by 16th Century Nun and Artist Plautilla Nelli Has Just Been Painstakingly Restored

A 21 Foot-Long Painting of The Last Supper by 16th Century Nun and Artist Plautilla Nelli Has Just Been Painstakingly Restored

In the 1500’s self-taught artist and nun Plautilla Nelli created a life-size mural of Jesus and the twelve apostles at the Last Supper. Spanning 21 feet feet, the vibrantly colored painting includes

Great (Women) Artists

With the work of 400+ artists from all over the world, PHAIDON’s Great Women Artists spans five centuries of glorious creations—from the Renaissance to Rococo, Surrealism, to street photography and

6 Crowning Facts About Cultural Icon and Celebrated Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

View this post on Instagram A post shared by PANTONE (@pantone) on May 20, 2015 at 5:52pm PDT In the late 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat turned the contemporary art world on its head. Living and
MIT Engineers Prove Da Vinci’s Design for World’s Largest Bridge Could Actually Work

MIT Engineers Prove Da Vinci’s Design for World’s Largest Bridge Could Actually Work

Leonardo da Vinci’s body of work has fascinated and inspired generations of thinkers across all fields. In his notebook sketches, we’ve discovered meticulous notes of anatomy, as well as drafts of
5 Intriguing Facts About Modern Master Willem de Kooning

5 Intriguing Facts About Modern Master Willem de Kooning

A pioneer of 20th-century art, Dutch-American painter Willem de Kooning rose to prominence together with a group of post-World War II painters like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. De Kooning’s
This 19th-Century “Double Sculpture” Tells a Tale of Two Different People on Back and Front

This 19th-Century “Double Sculpture” Tells a Tale of Two Different People on Back and Front

Tucked away on the second floor of a museum in India is a hypnotic wood sculpture. A man stands with his chest arrogantly puffed out as he gazes into the room. In the mirror behind him, we see a
Salvador Dalí’s Surreal Tarot Card Designs from the 1970’s to be Released as a Complete Deck

Salvador Dalí’s Surreal Tarot Card Designs from the 1970’s to be Released as a Complete Deck

The surrealist master Salvador Dalí often dabbled in modes of mainstream culture, whether designing wine guides, appearing on game shows, or—in this instance—designing a deck of tarot cards for a
The Scandalous Symbolism Behind Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Masterpiece “The Swing”

The Scandalous Symbolism Behind Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Masterpiece “The Swing”

Rarely is a painting so delicious to the eyes as the sumptuous, candy-colored world of The Swing. An icon of the Rococo art movement, this masterpiece stars a coquettish leading lady flying between
6 Surprising Facts About Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein

6 Surprising Facts About Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein

Though he may have some of the most famous pop art paintings of all time, how much do you really know about Roy Lichtenstein? The American pop artist (known for his brilliant comic-based artwork) was