Art History

Videos

Understanding Art – Hidden Lives of Masterpieces

Understanding Art – Hidden Lives of Masterpieces

Posted July 16th, 2013

Art History, Documentaries, Education, Videos

Starting in 2006, the Louvre held an extraordinary series of study days. Works by five major artists—Rembrandt, Leonardo, Raphael, Watteau, and Poussin—were grouped together, removed from their frames, and set on easels in natural light. Experts from around the world came to examine and discuss… Read More

Germany

The self-made legend of Joseph Beuys

The self-made legend of Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys and his crash on the Crimean Peninsula in 1944 — or, more accurately, Beuys’ version of it — became a founding episode of a new avant-garde and had an enormous impact on contemporary art. But maybe the story of Joseph Beuys has to… Read More

Blogs

Baroque in the Southern Netherlands – An Online Museum

Baroque in the Southern Netherlands – An Online Museum

Posted July 11th, 2013

Art History, Baroque, Blogs

A new website on Baroque Flemish art collects works from museums in Flanders, notes of lectures and new research on the subject. The site is an initiative of the Flemish Art Collection and is part of the Flemish Art Collection Website. If museums get together… Read More

Sexuality

A Little Gay History of Art at the British Museum

A Little Gay History of Art at the British Museum

Posted July 8th, 2013

Art History, Podcasts, Sexuality

The British Museum has introduced a new audio guide narrated by Simon Russell Beale, which focuses on gay content in the museum collection and is based on the book of the same name. The project titled “A Little Gay History” brings to light objects and… Read More

USA

404 E 14th – The House of Art

404 E 14th – The House of Art

Posted June 21st, 2013

Architecture, Art History, Contemporary Art, Shows, USA

What do Claes Oldenburg, Richard Hell, Ultra Violet, Wes Anderson and Allen Ginsberg have in common? All of them lived in a former button factory at 404 East 14th Street in New York’s East Village at some point, a building famous for its parties (not… Read More

Syria

UNESCO warns Syrian heritage sites endangered

UNESCO warns Syrian heritage sites endangered

Posted June 21st, 2013

Art History, Syria

UNESCO on Thursday added six ancient sites in Syria including a fortress of Saladin and a Crusader castle to the endangered World Heritage list, warning that more than two years of civil war had inflicted heavy damage. “Due to the armed conflict situation in Syria,… Read More

Videos

The Nude in Art

The Nude in Art

Posted June 20th, 2013

Art History, Documentaries, Videos

The nude figure is mainly a tradition in Western art, and has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek art, and after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned… Read More

Shows

Art of Yoga – First Exhibition on Visual History of Yoga

Art of Yoga – First Exhibition on Visual History of Yoga

Posted June 20th, 2013

Art History, Asia, Shows

Yoga is a global phenomenon, practiced by millions of people seeking spiritual insight or better health. Few, however, are aware of yoga’s rich diversity and historical transformations. Opening Oct. 19 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, “Yoga: The Art of Transformation”—the world’s first exhibi­tion about… Read More

Videos

Da Vinci – The Lost Treasure

Da Vinci – The Lost Treasure

Posted June 14th, 2013

Art History, Documentaries, Italy, Videos

Leonardo da Vinci is considered by many to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Yet his reputation rests on only a handful of pictures – including the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. As the National Gallery in London prepares to… Read More