During the Italian Renaissance, a wave of pioneering painters, sculptors, and draftsmen ushered in a golden age of art and culture. While these innovative artists shaped one of history’s most important movements, they were far from the first to find artistic success in Italy. Before Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and even Giotto made their marks, Duccio put medieval Italy on the map with his glistening gold panel paintings.
As a pioneer of Norwegian Expressionism, painter Edvard Munch is known for his deep investigations into the human psyche.
In 1871, American artist James McNeill Whistler completed one of today’s most famous paintings.
For a glimpse into fin de siècle Paris, look no further than the work of the Impressionists. Fascinated by contemporary life, these avant-garde artists sought to capture fleeting impressions of their everyday surroundings, which they often rendered in quick, sketch-like strokes. While this style has come to embody Impressionism, not all artists associated with the movement took this approach.
You might not realize it, but the field of illustration shapes the world we live in.
The Baroque Period is known for its decadent theatricality, with European artists continuing the classical trends of the Renaissance and...
Hieronymus Bosch is one of the most intriguing painters of the Northern Renaissance. Though little is known about his life, Bosch’s surreal and absurd paintings—which span the 15th and 16th centuries—are filled with incredible details that continue to influence artists today. In fact, there’s even a parade of sorts, aptly called the Bosch Parade, that takes inspiration from the artist’s fantastical imagination.
The portfolio of Pieter Bruegel the Elder is a highlight of the Northern Renaissance.
In the 1980s, Keith Haring shot to international fame.
In the 19th century, the Impressionists pioneered a new way to paint world. Characterized by loose brushwork and a vivid color palette, their paintings challenged traditional notions of the practice. In addition to introducing new stylistic considerations, Impressionist artists are renowned for another unprecedented act: bringing painting out of the studio and into the sunlight.
The Eurasian city of Istanbul, Turkey has a rich history.
Georges Seurat’s 1884 painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte has remained a favorite of art...