art history

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
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

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
Exploring the Extravagance and Drama of Baroque Art and Architecture

Exploring the Extravagance and Drama of Baroque Art and Architecture

Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, European artists and architects adopted an increasingly elaborate style. Known as Baroque, this approach is characterized by an ornate, over-the-top aesthetic

1,000-Year-Old Embroidered Art Illustrates Historical Battle Across 230 Feet of Linen

There are many ways to tell a story, even one that’s as epic as a battle to rule the English throne. The Bayeux Tapestry illustrates a grand tale that brings together the Norman conquest of England
How Museums Evolved Over Time From Private Collections to Modern Institutions

How Museums Evolved Over Time From Private Collections to Modern Institutions

Doubling as educational hubs and conservation centers, museums play a pivotal role in the preservation of culture. While these institutions range in size and speciality, each museum's mission revolves
You Can Virtually Leaf Through This Tiny Persian Manuscript From the 15th Century

You Can Virtually Leaf Through This Tiny Persian Manuscript From the 15th Century

In the 15th century, wealthy and worldly individuals collected illuminated manuscripts, hand-written books embellished with exquisite illustrations and gilded decoration. While predominantly popular
A Seamstress’s Autobiographical Text Embroidered Onto Her 19th-Century Straitjacket

A Seamstress’s Autobiographical Text Embroidered Onto Her 19th-Century Straitjacket

German seamstress Agnes Richter (1844–1918) was a patient at the Heidelberg Psychiatric Clinic during the 1890s. While held at the asylum she would densely embroider her standard issue straitjacket,
Exploring the Fantastic History of Gargoyles in Gothic Architecture

Exploring the Fantastic History of Gargoyles in Gothic Architecture

Fantastic and frightening, gargoyles have become one of the most distinctive features of Gothic architecture. Likely erected as a defense against demons, the stone statues are rooted in religion and
Traditional Paintings by Lino Lago Mysteriously Revealed Beneath Fields of Color

Traditional Paintings by Lino Lago Mysteriously Revealed Beneath Fields of Color

Lino Lago paints realistic portraits and scenes in oil and adds a layer of abstracted intrigue using bright fields of color. His recent series, Fake Abstract, is comprised of classically-styled
The Evolution of Hyperrealism: From Religious Paintings to Simulated Reality

The Evolution of Hyperrealism: From Religious Paintings to Simulated Reality

As with any artistic movement, the evolution of Hyperrealism can only be told in relation to the other influential art styles that preceded it. Hyperrealism traces its roots back through Photorealism,
Dazzling Elements of Ancient Islamic Architecture We Still See Today

Dazzling Elements of Ancient Islamic Architecture We Still See Today

Islamic architecture is one of the world's most celebrated building traditions. Known for its radiant colors, rich patterns, and symmetrical silhouettes, this distinctive approach has been popular in
David Hockney Exhibit at LACMA Presents 82 Intimate Portraits by the Artist

David Hockney Exhibit at LACMA Presents 82 Intimate Portraits by the Artist

Following a popular tour across Europe and a successful stint in Australia, the celebrated exhibition, David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life, has made its American debut at LACMA (the Los
8 Contemporary Stained Glass Artists Who Are Redefining the Ancient Craft

8 Contemporary Stained Glass Artists Who Are Redefining the Ancient Craft

Though the words “stained glass art” may trigger thoughts of medieval cathedral windows, today’s contemporary artists are proving that the thousand-year-old craft is anything but outdated. Throughout
Unearthing the Importance of the Life-Sized Terracotta Warriors

Unearthing the Importance of the Life-Sized Terracotta Warriors

Today, the unexpected unearthing of the Terracotta Army—a hoard of legendary, life-sized clay soldiers intended to fill an emperor's elaborate mausoleum—is renowned as one of the world's greatest
Tin Cans Transformed into Famous Art Historical Self-Portraits by Allan Rubin

Tin Cans Transformed into Famous Art Historical Self-Portraits by Allan Rubin

‘s aptly named series CANON presents a range of famous artists throughout history, all rendered from an amalgamation of tin cans. The works are each painted in the style of the artist’s self-portrait,

How the Memphis Movement Went Against “Good Taste” to Inspire Designers Today

A post shared by curated by Raquel Cayre (@ettoresottsass) on May 30, 2017 at 12:53pm PDT Trends are cyclical, and it seems that even the most outrageous ones find a way of coming back in vogue.
Celebrate the Elegance and Exuberance of French Rococo Art

Celebrate the Elegance and Exuberance of French Rococo Art

Renowned for the lighthearted nature of its fine and decorative art, the Rococo style flourished in 18th-century France. Artists working in this frivolous aesthetic built upon the flamboyance of the
How You Can Keep the Long Tradition of Block Printing Alive Today

How You Can Keep the Long Tradition of Block Printing Alive Today

A post shared by Tugboat Printshop (@tugboatprintshop) on Apr 26, 2018 at 12:11pm PDT Have you ever wanted to try printmaking? As one of the oldest types of art, it takes has a variety of different
7 of the Most Splendid Stained Glass Windows in the World

7 of the Most Splendid Stained Glass Windows in the World

Exquisitely crafted and effortlessly ethereal, stained glass windows have been prevalent in places of worship for centuries. Though often associated with Gothic cathedrals, the colorful panes can be
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