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Curated Stories From Antiquity to Contemporary Art

Who Were the Flavian Emperors? (8 Facts)

  The Flavian Emperors left their mark on Roman history. Their reforms led to stability and their massive building campaigns are still visited by millions...

James Abbott McNeill Whistler: A Leader of the Aesthetic Movement (12 Facts)

  James Abbott McNeill Whistler made a name for himself in nineteenth-century Europe for a daring approach to art that was as compelling—and controversial—as his...

14 Times The Greek Gods Shapeshifted To Rape Mortals

  Greek Mythology is rife with stories of transformation. The ancient Greek gods were able to shapeshift in order to approach mortals without getting noticed....

Harmonia Rosales: Black Feminine Empowerment in Paintings

  Harmonia Rosales’ work exemplifies the values of the Black Feminist Movement while simultaneously calling in to question Black people’s place in the world. Her...

Where Did The Centaurs Come From? A Journey Through Ancient Art

  Centaurs in Greek Mythology were half-man half-horse beings that lived in the forests of mainland Greece. The Greeks used them as symbols of the...

The Myth Of Venus And Adonis: From Incest To Beauty

  After meeting each other, Venus and Adonis fell passionately in love and stayed together till death did them apart. Their myth was a story...

Frida Kahlo: Her Chronic Pain Chronicled in Four Paintings

  Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was a famous Mexican painter born in Mexico City in 1907. She began painting in the mid-1920s and...

Who Were The Diadochi of Alexander The Great?

  The age of the diadochi of Alexander the Great was one of the bloodiest pages of Greek history. A series of ambitious generals attempted...

Paolo Veronese: The Treasurer Of Art And Colors

  Among the High Renaissance painters of his time, Paolo Veronese is remembered for his unique talent as a storyteller combined with an artist’s skillset....

The Rise And Fall Of The Seleucid Empire In 9 Facts

  The Seleucid Empire was one of the major Hellenistic states formed after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE. The Seleucids ruled...

Socrates’ Philosophy And Art: The Origins Of Ancient Aesthetic Thought

  Socrates’ philosophy has formed much of the foundations of Philosophy in the West, and has had a seminal influence on thinkers from Plato to...

Thales Of Miletus: The Father Of Western Philosophy (Facts & Bio)

Thales of Miletus was a Greek philosopher and one of the seven sages of antiquity. Aristotle considered him to be the first philosopher and...

10 Common Symbols in Still-Life Paintings & What They Mean

  “Still life” refers to a work of art that depicts a grouping of inanimate, usually commonplace objects. Traditionally, still life paintings also tend to...

19th Century Art: Five Romantic Paintings that Built Nations

  Few periods in European history caused such significant social and cultural change as one single year – 1848. Later called the Spring of Nations,...