Good versus Evil will always be the stock and trade of storytelling, especially in comic books. The skill of separating good guys from bad comes early to readers, with the occasional antihero appearing as an interesting change of pace. Show More Summary
The Great Depression of the 1930s was hideous for millions of unemployed workers across the world. Returned servicemen, who had given their all to the war effort in 1914-18, believed that home would be a place fit for heroes. By 1929,...Show More Summary
Zenobia’s Last Look on Palmyra by the British painter Herbert Gustave Carmichael Schmalz (1856-1935). Zenobia (240 – c. 275) was the Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Roman Syria, who led a famous revolt against the Roman Empire. She ruled over Egypt until 274, when she was defeated and taken as a hostage to Rome by Emperor Aurelian.
Jonathon Keats wrote about famous art forgeries with the rather provocative title Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age (published by Oxford UP 2013). He noted that the Fauvism of Derain and Matisse, which portrayed the world in feverishly unrealistic colours, captured the disquieting intensity of everyday experience. Show More Summary
Daphne Guinness by Markus Klinkoo. The woman with the snake is a popular icon for sin and seduction.
Rebecca at the Well illustration by the American painter Michael Deas. Rebecca is t he symbol of a good caring woman and as the mother of Jacob one of the most important matriarchs of the bible.
Many modern furniture fans would not have known the name Roentgen, had it not been for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 60 gorgeous examples of Roentgens luxury furniture were lent from European collections, and were complemented by paintings that depicted these masterpieces in contemporary interiors. Show More Summary
The_Agitator_of_Languedoc by the French painter Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921). Laurens shows here Bernard Délicieux was a Franciscan friar who resisted the Inquisition in Carcassonne and Languedoc in southern France. At last he was put on trial because of obstructing the Inquisition tortured and sentenced to life in prison in solitary confinement. Show More Summary
Witch hunts reached their peak in Britain (and other Protestant countries) in the 17th century, when the church viewed witches as women who worked in conjunction with the devil in order to harm decent Christian neighbours. In 1604 King James I proclaimed war against witchcraft, becoming witches' greatest enemy. Show More Summary
When Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque first brought Cubism onto the modern art scene in the first decade of the 20 th century, the initial reviews were mixed. Like-minded artists and art lovers embraced Cubism as a startling new way of seeing breaking violently with the representational art of the past. Show More Summary
Henry III, the King Who Lost His Common Sense by the Italian artist Fortunino Matania (1881-1963). Matania is best known for his realistic portrayal of World War I trench warfare, but did also a lot of illustrations for history books. Here he depicts hiw king Henry III is taken prisoner at the battle of Lewes in 1264.
“I am big,” Gloria Swanson’s fading film star Norma Desmond says in Sunset Boulevard. “It’s the pictures that got small.” Have we lost the “big” artist, the artist who tackled the big ideas of truth and life whose name stood on the tip...Show More Summary
Night Train to Lisbon is a 2013 drama film directed by Bille August and starring Jeremy Irons as Raimund Gregorius. Based on the German novel Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier, the film is about a Swiss high school teacher late in his career who accidentally saved the life of a young suicidal Portuguese woman in Bern. Show More Summary
Susanna and the Elders by the German painter Lovis Corinth (1858–1925).
Edward Joseph Leonski (1917–1942) was the 6th child in a Polish-American family in New Jersey. Leonski grew up with a manic depressive mother and an alcoholic father, two brothers with prison records and a third in a psychiatric hospital permanently. Show More Summary
Baggy pants. A cane. A bowler hat. A mustache. These are the unlikely visual ingredients of one of the most important fictional characters of the last century around the world. A century ago, way back in 1914, Charles Chaplin’s “Little Tramp” made his first appearance on motion picture screens. Show More Summary
It’s not easy to take glamour seriously. From the supermarket magazine rack glossy promising “5 Easy, Non-Stalkerish Ways to Show a Guy You’re Into Him” to the never-ending, slow motion train wreck of today’s rich and fabulous, “glamour” isn’t as glamorous as it used to be. Show More Summary
Anyone involved with art history or art has, I suspect, fretted that emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) often comes at the expense of the arts. Further, the instantaneous availability of information has left...Show More Summary
One of the most highly regarded Velazquez paintings, Pope Innocent X is the signature work in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, a private art collection of 650 works by famous painters including Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael and Velazquez. This comparatively little known museum is a jewel. Diego Velazquez. Show More Summary
A Reconnaissance (1902) by the American painter Frederic Remington (1861-1909). The title suggests a military task but it seems that the two men are watching the stars. So it seems that the real adventure here is more nature.