Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli is credited for his contributions to the Italian Renaissance. Widely considered one of the most prolific painters of the 15th century, he is known for his large-scale paintings of mythological subject matter, including Primavera, an allegorical celebration of spring. This piece is one of the most important Early Renaissance works. Housed by Florence’s famed Uffizi Gallery, it continues to attract viewers with its classical symbolism, elaborate composition, and delicate attention to detail.
At the start of the 20th century, the modern art movement was taking shape around the world.
No matter the scope of their favorite subjects, most artists have dabbled in the age-old art of portraiture.
It’s not commonly known, but Dogs Playing Poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge refers to not just one painting, but 18 of them! The series includes the artist’s original Poker Game (1894) painting, along with 16 other oil paintings commissioned in 1903 by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars, and an additional 1910 painting.
Red is not only one of the primary colors, it’s also one of the first colors used by artists—dating back...
Throughout the course of art history, certain works have come to define movements.
While the art world has historically seen a gender imbalance, this doesn’t mean that there have not been important women working on the scene. Artists themselves often get highlighted, but many female art patrons past and present have helped shape the way we view art. In fact, history is littered with trailblazing women who have influenced art history thanks to their work as collectors, gallerists, patrons, and museum founders.
In the 17th century, the Netherlands experienced a period of artistic prosperity known as the Dutch Golden Age.
Austrian artist Gustav Klimt is one of the most celebrated Symbolist artists.
Long before Rafael the hotheaded, red eye mask wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle entertained children onscreen, there was Rafael the esteemed painter who’d won over a cultured crowd of art connoisseurs. By his mid-20s, Raphael Sanzio was already a star. At the top of his game, this master of the Italian Renaissance had been invited by the pope to live in Rome, where he would spend the rest of his days.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is one of modern art‘s most popular figures.
Usually, an artist’s “early work” refers to pieces completed at the start of his or her career.