Art History

October 24, 2021

Learn About M. C. Escher, the Legendary Artist Who Created Mind-Bending Artwork

Dutch printmaker M. C. Escher seamlessly combined math and art. From illustrations of hands drawing hands to landscapes that transform into birds, he created dynamic illusory designs based on mathematical concepts such as tessellation and perspective. Over the course of his creative career, he produced an array of mind-bending lithographs and etchings that were wildly popular with the public.

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October 16, 2021

Ancient Egyptians Were Cat People: Exploring Felines and Gods in Art and Culture

The ancient Egyptians' special love for cats is well known. In fact, cat lovers today have them to thank for introducing African wildcat DNA into domestication; this would eventually become the beloved tabby. But why did were Egyptians so enamored by these early felines? Read on to discover the fascinating place of domestic cats in ancient Egyptian art, religion, and culture.

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October 9, 2021

How Naturalism Art Moved Beyond Idealism To Capture Life’s True Details

Ever since the 17th century, the term “naturalism” has been used to describe art and literature that represents accurate details of a subject. By the 19th century, however, the same name was given to an official art movement. The Naturalism movement originated in France in the early 1800s in response to the Romanticism style. Painters who opposed the idealized depictions of subjects in Romanticism art sought to portray things exactly as they were.

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October 2, 2021

10 Artists Who Were Masters of Drawing, From Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of visual art with a long and diverse history. It is widely considered the foundation of all art and the first medium students must master. And while its widespread accessibility means it continues to be a popular pursuit for creatives around the world, drawings are often overshadowed by painting and sculpture. However, many artists who are famous for their work in color were also exemplary draftspeople.

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