Art History

September 6, 2018

The Story Behind Raphael’s Masterpiece ‘The School of Athens’

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.

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August 26, 2018

The Controversial Life and Art of Post-Impressionist Painter Paul Gauguin

Artist Paul Gauguin is an important figure in modern art. Together with Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, the French painter pioneered Post-Impressionism, a movement that emerged in the 1890s. Like his fellow Post-Impressionists, Gauguin was interested in exploring the mind of the artist. While Van Gogh is known for his brushstrokes and Cézanne is renowned for his compositions, Gauguin is traditionally celebrated for his avant-garde color palette—a bright blend of tones inspired by trips to Tahiti.

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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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