Art History

February 8, 2018

9 Famous French Painters You Should Know

There’re countless artists from across the globe who have shaped the art world as we know it today. However, France has been home to many of the most famous and influential painters in Western history. Art was—and still is—an essential part of French culture, and was nurtured even from its ancient beginnings.

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January 31, 2018

Cubism: How Picasso and Others Broke From Tradition to Transform Modern Art

Since its emergence over 100 years ago, Cubism has been regarded as one of modern art‘s most famous and fascinating art movements. Cubism is closely associated with iconic artists like Pablo Picasso, whose avant-garde approach to everyday subject matter turned art history on its head. Featuring fractured forms and topsy-turvy compositions, Cubism abandoned the figurative portrayals found in genres of art and moved toward total abstraction.

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January 24, 2018

The Significance of Botticelli’s Renaissance Masterpiece ‘The Birth of Venus’

An early master of the Italian Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli is celebrated for his painterly contributions to the major art movement. While the artist's oeuvre features secular portraits and Biblical depictions, he is most well- known for his larger-than-life, mythological scenes—namely, The Birth of Venus. Created in the late 15th century and exhibited in Florence's famed Uffizi Gallery since the early 1900s, the monumental painting has been admired and analyzed for centuries.

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January 19, 2018

8 Renaissance Artists Whose Work Transformed the Art World

Viewed as a much-needed revival of art and culture, the Renaissance played a pivotal role in ushering Europe out of its Dark Ages and into a world of enlightenment. Beginning in the 14th century and coming to an end in the 17th, this “golden age” swept the continent, culminating in two distinctive yet unified art movements:  the Italian Renaissance and the Northern Renaissance. Starting in 1400, the Italian Renaissance reawakened Italy's interest in classical antiquity.

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