Islamic architecture is one of the world's most celebrated building traditions. Known for its radiant colors, rich patterns, and symmetrical silhouettes, this distinctive approach has been popular in the Muslim world since the 7th century. While Islamic architecture comprises several styles across different countries and continents, there are certain characteristics that remain universally prevalent throughout. Recognizing these underlying elements—as well as understanding its geographical prevalence—is key to grasping the visually sensational and historically significant style.
Like most movements that make up modern and contemporary art, installation art exhibits an interest in innovating.
As with any artistic movement, the evolution of Hyperrealism can only be told in relation to the other influential art...
Fantastic and frightening, gargoyles have become one of the most distinctive features of Gothic architecture. Likely erected as a defense against demons, the stone statues are rooted in religion and steeped in superstition. While these looming figures can be found on the façades of most Medieval cathedrals, many of the protectors perched atop these buildings are not gargoyles at all—they're grotesques.
In the 15th century, wealthy and worldly individuals collected illuminated manuscripts, hand-written books embellished with exquisite illustrations and gilded decoration.
Doubling as educational hubs and conservation centers, museums play a pivotal role in the preservation of culture.
There are many ways to tell a story, even one that’s as epic as a battle to rule the English throne. The Bayeux Tapestry illustrates a grand tale that brings together the Norman conquest of England that ended with the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, European artists and architects adopted an increasingly elaborate style.
These days, thanks to smartphones, almost everyone has a camera with them at any given moment.
Throughout the history of art, certain subjects have resonated particularly strongly with artists and audiences alike. Ranging from cats to Cupid, these revisited trends reveal art's most popular muses, with flowers at the forefront. Rooted in ancient art and still prevalent today, depictions of blossoms, blooms, and other botanical elements can be found in many of the most significant art movements, whether carved into clay or starring in a still-life.
This summer, London's famed Victoria and Albert Museum will present Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up.
In an increasingly paperless world, it's easy to forget books were once precious objects that were works of art unto...