paintings

#museumselfie day: Seven artists’ self-portraits

Today is #MuseumSelfie day, where museum-goers are encouraged to have fun by taking selfies in museums. But museums have been home to another kind of selfie for many years: the self-portrait. We’ve selected seven self-portrait paintings to get a sense of the ways in which artists have portrayed themselves through time. From Albrecht Dürer, an […]

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Venus and Cupid

No love is stronger than the love between mother and child. Today, we want to explore the striking connection between Venus and Cupid. It’s a relationship that has been subject of many artworks throughout the centuries, inspiring painters from across Europe. Different tales exist about the origin of Venus and Cupid. Some say that Venus, the […]

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Treating the wounded of Waterloo – Sir Charles Bell and his art from the battlefields

On Sunday June 18 1815, the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated during the Battle of Waterloo. Caving to a coalition of mainly British, Dutch and Prussian armies under the command of the Duke of Wellington, the defeat marked the end of one of the bloodiest battles in history. Left:Napoleon Bonaparte Aristide Louis. Amsterdam Museum, […]

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Masters of the High Renaissance

Separated by 2,000 kilometres and nearly 250 years, but united by a common birthday (today – 16 July) and a passion for a particular style of painting, today’s blog looks at artists Andrea del Sarto and Joshua Reynolds. Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) was a figure in the High Renaissance art movement.  He was around at […]

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Schubert, almond blossom and Bloody Sunday

You might think that there can’t be anything that links Schubert to almond blossom and Bloody Sunday – the day 13 Irish demonstrators were shot dead in Derry. But there is. The thread that holds them all together is today’s date – 31 January. Another link is that you can discover more about all three […]

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Pieter de Hooch of the Dutch Golden Age

Pieter de Hooch, baptised on this day, 20 December, in 1629, was a Dutch painter, famous principally for his depictions of the domestic life of women and children, and for his use of light. His work is related in theme and style to his contemporaries, the Dutch Golden Age great artists Jan Vermeer and  Nicolaes […]

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Preventing A Case of Mistaken Identity

Preventing A Case of Mistaken Identity

Have you ever been the victim of mistaken identity? Or even identity theft? In real life, it’s bad enough. But how about if your identity was mixed up long after your death? It could easily happen, all you need is the same name as someone else and before you know it, your identities are intertwined. […]

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Caravaggio: a Murderous Artist

The personalities featured on the blog this week do nothing to debunk the idea of artists having fiery temperaments. On Tuesday, we told the tale of Baroque architect Francesco Borromini, whose bitter rivalry with fellow artist Bernini is thought to have led to his tragic suicide. Today, we have another dramatic life story and another […]

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Art: How Much Would You Pay?

The love of art crosses boundaries, transcends social classes and costs nothing. Owning art, on the other hand, comes at a price. A high price. In some cases, a massively high price. You could buy houses, or indeed whole streets, for less than some people pay for a Picasso. The record for the highest sum […]

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The Forgotten Master: Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was a French Rococo painter and printmaker, born on April 5th 1732 in Grasse in the south of France. He trained in Paris with Chardin and then later Boucher. Fragonard is considered as one of the all-time masters of French painting, with his unique handling of colour coupled with expressive and confident brush strokes, […]

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Icon of Expression: Vincent van Gogh

“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.” – Vincent van Gogh Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh was born on 30th March 1853, in the town of Zundert in the south of the Netherlands. Vincent spent his early adulthood working for a firm of […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Love… Such a grand word in so few letters. This profound emotion has played an important role in shaping our cultural and scientific heritage. It has influenced everyone from the greatest conquerors to common men, from visionary artists to ingenious scientists. Discover beautiful love stories to share with your Valentine! Romeo and Juliet The story […]

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

One of the most popular classical composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg on 27 January 1756. From an early age, Mozart showed great interest and extraordinary talent in music. Already at five, he started composing his first pieces, and impressed European royalty with his masterful keyboard play. His father, Leopold, a musician and […]

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The scandalous art of Edouard Manet

“There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.” Edouard Manet One of the most influential artists of the 19th century Edouard Manet was born on 23 January 1883 to a wealthy Parisian family with strong political connections. His father was a judge, and his mother was a daughter of a diplomat and […]

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Isaac Newton

“Nature and Nature’s Laws lay hid in Night: GOD said, Let Newton be! and all was Light.” (Alexander Pope, 1797) Isaac Newton (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727, Gregorian calendar) is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential scientists in history. His immense contribution to science had made him the “gold standard” […]

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Henri Matisse

Today, along with the preparations for the New Year’s Eve festivities, we are celebrating the 142nd birthday of one of the most prominent figures in modern art – Henri Matisse. Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, on 31 December 1869.  Having studied law and worked in a law office in Paris, Matisse discovered his passion […]

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