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The Italian Renaissance was a period in Italian history covering the 15th and 16th centuries. The period is known for the initial development of the broader Renaissance culture that spread across Western Europe and marked the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity.

The Northern Renaissance was the Renaissance that occurred in Europe north of the Alps. From the last years of the 15th century, its Renaissance spread around Europe. Perhaps the most influential aspect of the Northern Renaissance is the combination of printed image with text together in books.

Everyone knows Michelangelo's statue of David, but there were other David's by other great artists who envisioned the biblical hero. See the Donatello's statues, plus Verrocchio & Bernini versions...


The Baroque emphasizes dramatic, exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted, detail. Due to its exuberant irregularities, Baroque art has often been defined as being bizarre, or uneven.

Venetian painting was a major force in Italian Renaissance painting and beyond. Venetian School School of Italian painting flourished in the 15th, 16th, and 18th centuries. It was noted for the sumptuousness and radiance of its colour. 

Academic art is the art and artists influenced by the standards of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, which synthesized both of the styles of Neoclassicism and Romanticism movements...


Mannerism was a new period of human thought, that moved dramatically away from the pure realism and naturalistic compositions of Renaissance Italy. 

Rococo (c1730-1770) was a flamboyant deviation from the austerity of the original Baroque style. It was an era of the luxurious, theatrical and playful ornamental features inspired by the natural world.

Expressionism (c.1905-1920) was a period of intense colors and abstraction where the artist’s psyche and emotional world was one of the major themes that exposed the existential angst humanity was experiencing with the world.


Since its discovery in 1790, the Aztec Sun Stone has intrigued archaeologists, historians & conspiracy theorists alike. Various interpretations have been put forward about its use & until recently, almost everyone has agreed that it was some form of calendar...

'The Kiss' is Klimt's artistic response to seeing the Byzantine mosaics at Ravenna, Italy, which so profoundly affected him and it is the final painting from which he incorporated gold leaf into his works...

The world's most extravagant Easter eggs are small, intricately decorated objets d'art by the jeweler and goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé. To this day the Imperial Egg collection remains as some of the most exquisite of works ever created...


In its specific sense realism refers to a mid nineteenth century artistic movement characterised by subjects painted from everyday life in a naturalistic manner; however the term is also generally used to describe artworks painted in a realistic almost photographic way.

Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism. Impressionism, first developed in France in the nineteenth century, is based on the practice of painting out of doors and spontaneously 'on the spot' rather than in a studio from sketches. Main impressionist subjects were landscapes and scenes of everyday life

The Pre-Raphaelites were a secret society of young artists (and one writer), founded in London in 1848. They were opposed to the Royal Academy's promotion of the ideal as exemplified in the work of Raphael. 

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We look at 'Avenue of Poplars in Autumn' to which Van Gogh thought it was more of "a rather large study" in light and shadow, and the mystery of his amputated ear which has given rise to several theories...

His brushstrokes were full of movement and intensity that transported into his canvasses a breath of nature, that glimmered and moved almost as if truly animate scenes...

We look at 'The Meaning of Night' (oil on canvas, 1927) by Rene Magritte, and the art of Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) who was a British-born surrealist painter...


We look at Giulio Monteverde's 'Angel of Night' located inside the Campo Verona cemetery in Rome, Italy...

The Golden Age of Illustration (the 1880s to 1920s) was a period of unprecedented excellence in book and magazine illustration. We can see evidence of this from Hans Andersen's 'The Nightingale Stories' with illustrations by Edmund Dulac.

Art Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture, and product design, that first appeared in France in the 1910s, and flourished in the United States and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s.


Theodore Wores’s art helped to form a positive image of Chinese people in 19th century America. This article is an in-depth analysis of American artist Theodore Wores' contribution to the rise of, coinage and extension of Chinese subject matters in  American art history.

Cubism was a revolutionary new approach to representing reality that brought different views of subjects together in the same picture, resulting in paintings that appear fragmented and abstracted...

It’s quite rare in the history of illustrative art and stage design to trace the entire path of the artwork- from bringing it to life as a sketch, to its appearance as a costume photographed onto the actor during the opening performance, and, eventually, as a direct source of inspiration for artists- spectators.

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