Art History

June 9, 2024

15 Funny Medieval Illustrations of Animals Artists Had Never Seen

Except for some elusive exceptions, today, there are photos and videos of every creature you can think of. And while it may seem commonplace, this kind of knowledge has only been around for a few decades. But centuries ago, artists and scientists didn't have it that easy. That's why, when it came to illuminated manuscripts, those in charge of medieval animal illustrations were at the mercy of the few written descriptions they had available.

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May 24, 2024

After Being Postponed for 120 Years, Monet’s ‘Thames’ Paintings Will Finally Exhibit in London

The French painter Claude Monet is widely credited for kicking off the Impressionist movement in 1872 with his painting Impression: Sunrise, depicting the Port of Le Havre on the coast of Brittany, France. Colors blend and figures bend in a soft rendition of a morning scene. Monet would continue to develop this new style of painting, joined by many of his contemporaries.

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April 2, 2024

‘Mona Lisa’ Has a Nearly Identical Painting Created at the Same Time

The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in art history. The Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece has been widely studied and millions flock to Paris' Louvre Museum to see it in person every year. However, it is far from the only existing version of this painting. A copy made by one of da Vinci's apprentices at the same time as the original—making it the earliest known copy—is held in Madrid's Museo del Prado.

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