art history

The History of ‘The Great Wave’: Hokusai’s Most Famous Woodblock Print

The History of ‘The Great Wave’: Hokusai’s Most Famous Woodblock Print

Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of the world’s most celebrated works of art. A prime example of the ukiyo-e practice, this Japanese print has inspired artists and viewers for nearly 200
All About ‘Laocoön and His Sons’: A Marble Masterpiece From the Hellenistic Period

All About ‘Laocoön and His Sons’: A Marble Masterpiece From the Hellenistic Period

During ancient Greece’s Hellenistic Period, sculptors took their classical craft to new levels. Renowned for expressive figures that appear to be in motion, this era saw the creation of three of the
Older Versions of Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’ Show Its Surprising Evolution Over Time

Older Versions of Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’ Show Its Surprising Evolution Over Time

Hokusai’s The Great Wave of Kanagawa is a staple of Japanese art. Created using traditional woodblock printing techniques, the work typifies the ukiyo-e practice. Given its prominence and popularity,
Watch a Conservationist Delicately Remove Murky Varnish and a Warped Wooden Panel From an Aging Painting

Watch a Conservationist Delicately Remove Murky Varnish and a Warped Wooden Panel From an Aging Painting

Julian Baumgartner, of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration in Chicago, condenses over 40 hours of delicate swiping, scraping, and paint retouching into a 11.5 minute narrated video of a recent
Virtual Museum Lets You View the Complete Works of Vermeer in Augmented Reality

Virtual Museum Lets You View the Complete Works of Vermeer in Augmented Reality

Johannas Vermeer is one of art history’s most prolific painters. While his body of work comprises less than 40 pieces, his paintings can be found in a myriad of museums—both real and imaginary. In
Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’ Emerges on a Giant Building Facade

Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’ Emerges on a Giant Building Facade

Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is perhaps one of the most iconic images that Japan has ever exported. And it’s now emerged as a giant mural on the facade of a new development in
California Impressionism: How American Artists Adapted French ‘Plein Air’ Painting

California Impressionism: How American Artists Adapted French ‘Plein Air’ Painting

No modern art movement has been as influential as Impressionism. Since the French movement made its debut in the late 19th century, countless artists have found inspiration in the Impressionists’
Google Revitalizes Brazil’s Fire-Ravaged National Museum with Virtual Tour

Google Revitalizes Brazil’s Fire-Ravaged National Museum with Virtual Tour

Earlier this year, 20 million irreplaceable artifacts housed by Brazil’s National Museum were lost in a fire. As the museum did not have a platform for viewing most of these works digitally, many
Exploring the Heavenly History of Angels in Art

Exploring the Heavenly History of Angels in Art

For centuries, angels have graced works of art with their ethereal presence. Appearing as ancient statues and adorning modern murals, these winged figures have become a fixture in art history spanning
Interview: Hayley Milliman of Museum Hack

Interview: Hayley Milliman of Museum Hack

Museum Hack writer Hayley Milliman joins Holly to talk about the company's irreverent approach to getting people excited about history, and discusses the new book "Museum Hack's Guide To History's
What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes

What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes

Microbes are everywhere, even between layers of paint on classic works of art.
Brutalism: What Is It and Why Is It Making a Comeback?

Brutalism: What Is It and Why Is It Making a Comeback?

They say that trends are circular and what’s old becomes new again. This is true for fashion, music, and art. In the case of architecture, there’s no architectural style that exemplifies this
7 Medieval European Sites You Can Actually Visit Today

7 Medieval European Sites You Can Actually Visit Today

The Middle Ages makes up a major portion of European art history. Starting with the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century and ending with the onset of the Renaissance, this period took place
Graphic designers have reinvented the AIDS ribbon to fight HIV stigma in Russia

Graphic designers have reinvented the AIDS ribbon to fight HIV stigma in Russia

Today is World AIDS Day, an international day of solidarity for the estimated 37 million people living with HIV and AIDS around the world. The…
Major Exhibition Explores Van Gogh’s Influence on David Hockney for the First Time

Major Exhibition Explores Van Gogh’s Influence on David Hockney for the First Time

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is a must-visit for modern art fans. In addition to housing a world-class collection of work by Van Gogh, the museum also offers exhibitions that contextualize the
New NYC Museum Teams Up With Library of Congress for Animation Competition

New NYC Museum Teams Up With Library of Congress for Animation Competition

Poster House is a new museum dedicated to the global history and design of posters. Before launch, they are partnering with the largest library in the world, The Library of Congress, to highlight
This Armless Sculpture Is One of the Louvre’s Most Treasured Masterpieces

This Armless Sculpture Is One of the Louvre’s Most Treasured Masterpieces

It’s no secret that the Louvre has one of the world’s most stunning collections of art. In addition to the Mona Lisa and an entire Michelangelo Gallery, the major museum also excels in antiquities,
Brooklyn Museum Announces “Major Exhibit” on the Life and Work of Frida Kahlo

Brooklyn Museum Announces “Major Exhibit” on the Life and Work of Frida Kahlo

This winter, the Brooklyn Museum will present a landmark exhibition that explores the art and identity of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Called Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, this
Camille Laurens’s “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” Is a Fascinating Hybrid, and Obsessed with Obsession

Camille Laurens’s “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” Is a Fascinating Hybrid, and Obsessed with Obsession

Rumaan Alam reviews Camille Laurens’s new book, “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen,” which explores the back story of Edgar Degas’s famous sculpture and focusses on its subject, the young dancer Marie van
Tiffany Lamps: The Illuminating History of the Iconic Stained Glass Fixtures

Tiffany Lamps: The Illuminating History of the Iconic Stained Glass Fixtures

For over 100 years, the Tiffany lamp has dazzled as a decorative art icon. Celebrated for its handmade craftsmanship and known for its stained glass shade, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s lamp remains a