Art History

January 19, 2019

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 years. While The Great Wave is instantly recognizable, many may not know of its history, including its surprising evolution, role within a series, and even its lasting legacy. What is The Great Wave off Kanagawa? The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a yoko-e (landscape-oriented)

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December 27, 2018

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 Meet Vermeer, a digital platform created by Google Arts & Culture and the Mauritshuis Museum, Vermeer’s entire body of work is “illuminated in the virtual space” and presented in augmented reality.

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December 15, 2018

Best of 2018: Top 10 Amazing Art Installations That Defined the Past Year

In 2018, we saw an eclectic mix of installation inspiration, but there’s no denying that humanity’s relationship with nature was a prominent theme throughout the year. Ranging from poignant to playful, these works of art prompted viewers to engage with art from an environmental perspective. Many of the year’s top installations dealt with ocean conservation, including Jason deCaires Taylor’s short-lived “inverse zoo,” Courtney Mattison’s ceramic coral reef, and StudioKCA’s large, litter-crafted whale.

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December 3, 2018

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 over the course of 1,000 years. During this time, architects, artists, and other creative figures shaped the cities and communes we know and love today.

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