Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

All Blogs / Arts / Art History / Popular

Defeated Enemies

They Fell into Captivity (1885) by the Russian painter Bogdan Pavlovich Willewalde (1819-1903). Some French prisoners of Napoleon's terrific Grande Armée are conducted by a single Cossack. The painter contrasts the superb French uniforms with the simple outfit of the Cossack.

Festival Express train across Canada: Janis Joplin 1970

I saw a film about my all time favourite American rock musician, Janis Joplin (1943-1970), called Final 24 on the Biography channel. Because this biography concentrated on the last day of her life on earth, they failed to mention that Janis Joplin appeared at Woodstock on the weekend of 16th-17th August 1969. Show More Summary

Strengthen Your Immune System in 5 Easy Ways

A lot of people complain that they get sick easily. When they get wet in the rain, they will immediately have fever and colds. There are many reasons why people get sick easily but most of the time it is because they have compromised immune system. Show More Summary

5 Obvious Signs How Money Ruins Your Relationship

Sometime in a relationship, problems usually arise and it can be pretty ominous in a couple if they are arguing about money. Studies show that 30 percent of couples who disagree about money once every week will more likely to get divorced than those who only agree about finances once a month. Show More Summary

How To Sell Your Stuff To Customers

Selling stuff isn’t easy unless you’re an expert salesperson like a lot of people out there. Most people would start wondering how they could sell something worth millions of dollars in just a snap. It takes only one conversation to get someone to say yes to them and no, it’s not magic at all. Show More Summary

The Ecstatic Abstract Explorer: Richard Pousette-Dart

“The extasy [sic] of abstract beauty,” artist Richard Pousette-Dart scrawled in 1981 in a notebook on a page across from a Georges Braque-looking abstract pencil drawing. Although included in Nina Leen’s iconic 1951 Life magazine photo...Show More Summary

Australian WW1 widows Vs Prince of Wales

Rural Australia was in a discussion with Buckingham Palace over a very expensive pair of handmade, silk pyjamas. The royal pyjamas were a gift from the people of the Victorian city of Ballarat to the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, as we will see. Show More Summary

Prehistoric Sweethearts

Prehistoric Woman (1895) by the French painter James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836- 1902). Tissot was famous as a painterr of elegantly dressed women shown in scenes of fashionable life. Here he painted two really fashionable Neolithic girls.

Golf and fine art in Edinburgh.

Golf has been played in Scotland since at least the 15th century. Whilst its origins are obscure, it is undoubtedly close to the Netherlandish game of colf, which was played over rough ground or on frozen waterways, and involved hitting a ball to a target stick fixed in the ground or the ice. Show More Summary

Forget Da Vinci, Try Solving the Piero della Francesca Code

Fans of Dan Brown (and Tom Hanks) hoped to get an education in the Italian Renaissance along with their beach reading (and movie-going) of The Da Vinci Code. But they and those who think that Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello...Show More Summary

Romantic Death

Black Prince at the battle of Crecy by the British painter Julian Russell Story (1857-1919). After the battle the victorious English prince is contemplating the body of the dead King John of Bohemia. It should be mentioned that Edward Prince of Wales the eldest son of King Edward III of England was never called “Black” in his lifetime. Show More Summary

Paris' Picasso treasures - when will the museum re-open?

A post called French Riviera Art Trail showed how the already mature artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) moved permanently to Vallauris, next to the town of Antibes, in the 1950s. There he slowly learned the skills of pottery art at the Galerie Madoura. Show More Summary

Royal Chelsea Hospital - an elegant retirement village for ex servicemen

King Charles II was the personal patron of Sir Christopher Wren, the architect who helped rebuild London after the 1666 Great Fire. Whatever one thinks of the later Stuarts, no-one can accuse Charles II of shirking his responsibilities...Show More Summary

Those Who Are About To Die

"Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant" (1859) by the French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904). Gérôme loved the spectacular death in the arena and painted it normally with the perspective from inside out.

The Naked Truth About the Nude in Art

When you get down to the bare facts, there’s no genre of art older than that of the nude. The bare human figure—male and female, but more often female—commands attention as much as it makes us turn away in modesty or, worse, shame. The...Show More Summary

Totally rewriting art history!! Dura Europos

Everyone knows that historical learning increases incrementally!So imagine an accidental discovery of documents or art objects that utterly change the way we understand a piece of history. One example will show what I mean. Florence Nightingale arrived in Scutari in November 1854 with her nurses. Show More Summary

Scotland's first major overseas colony Panama 1698

Difficult European projects in Central and South America, of interest at least to historians, are not new to this blog. Consider for example the French scandal in building the Panama Canal and the ultimate failure of the Australian socialist utopia in Paraguay. Show More Summary

Obsequies For A Cat

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat (1886) by the British painter John Reinhard Weguelin (1849-1927). A priestess kneels before an altar upon which is placed the mummy of a cat. She is burning incense, and has presented offerings of flowers and food to the cat's spirit, together with a plate of milk. Show More Summary

Does Art Need Religion?

Everyone knows there are two things you never bring up in conversation—politics and religion. In this secular age chock full of wars fought over one faith or another, many never want to hear about the role of religion in the world, unable to see any good within all that bad. Show More Summary

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC