Art History

August 19, 2018

8 Real-Life Locations of Famous Paintings You Can Visit Today

Have you ever wanted to step inside a work of art? Though this may feel like a pipe dream for many, the settings of some of the most famous modern masterpieces exist in real life—and even welcome visitors. From a cafe in the dreamy south of France to an understated cottage in Ohio, these locations have inspired some of the world's most iconic artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Grant Wood, Claude Monet, and Edvard Munch.

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August 14, 2018

8 Interesting Frida Kahlo Facts That May Surprise You

One of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo has a life story that has become almost as popular as her art. Kahlo's biography has sparked innumerable books and an Oscar-winning film. Her distinct fashion, unibrow, and marriage to Diego Rivera, a man 21 years her senior, have simply added to the intrigue sparked by her art.

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August 5, 2018

The Significance of Leonardo da Vinci’s Famous “Vitruvian Man” Drawing

As a master of the arts, sciences, and everything in between, Leonardo da Vinci is often referred to as a “Renaissance man.” While the polymath is perhaps most well known for his Mona Lisa masterpiece, it is his scientific sketches that impressively illustrate the encyclopedic knowledge and eclectic interests that have come to define him. The Vitruvian Man, a late 15th-century drawing, is a prime example of such work.

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July 20, 2018

Frida Kahlo Exhibit Puts 200 of the Iconic Artist’s Possessions on Display

In June, after months of anticipation, an extraordinary Frida Kahlo exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum opened to the public. In addition to its impressive collection of 200 artifacts, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up has been praised for its beautiful design, which photographer Jack Hobhouse has captured in a series of stunning installation photos. Designed by award-winning architecture practice Gibson Thornley and talented set designer Tom Scutt, Making Her Self Up showcases a modern approach to exhibition planning.

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