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Las Meninas: Is this the Most Captivating Painting in the World?
Las Meninas (which translates to 'The Ladies in Waiting') is a 1656 painting by Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. Sheltered in the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, it is the most documented and dissected art piece by historians.
What Do the Symbols on the Gravestones Mean?
The Great Awakening that began in the early 18th century witnessed a dramatic shift in the popular notions and rituals surrounding the afterlife. The puritan motifs that tend to feature straightforward images of mortality and death faded and cemeteries began to incorporate classical and Egyptian decorative motifs.
Picasso - An Artistic Genius or a Bullying, Misogynistic Womaniser?
Pablo Picasso was inarguably the most prolific painter of the 20th century. A pioneer of the avant-garde movement and whose artistic genius is unparalleled. But do you know that his tumultuous relationships were expressed in his art pieces in the form of misogyny, prejudice, and male chauvinism?
Top 7 Worst Typos in Bible
Every year, the Holy Bible sells over 100 million copies and it consistently ranks as the top-selling book in the world. Evidently, it has done more to shape literature, history, entertainment, and culture than any book ever written.
Of Gargoyles, Chimeras and Grotesques
Who knew decorative water drains could be so fascinating? Originally crafted to prevent eroding and corrosion of cathedrals and religious buildings, Gargoyles are surrounded by myth and legacy. The idea is to gather the rainwater and throw it out, clear of the structure's wall through the snarling, gaping mouth onto the street - often on the pedestrians below.
The Man Who Bicycled 5,000 Miles From India to Sweden For His Love
This story might seem unbelievable but it is a true tale of a young Indian man who bicycled across Asia and Europe through the "Hippie trail" in the 1970s to meet the woman he loved.
How Michelangelo's Slaves Were Destined to Travel France
The Rebellious Slave and Dying Slave are architectural marvels created by the maverick artist Michelangelo. These sculptures were commissioned by Pope Julis II for his architectural ensemble Tomb of Pope Julius II. But after the death of Pope Julius, the colossal tomb could never be scaled to the level the Pope wished. And the Slaves were destined to go to the King of France referred to as Louvre Slaves.
Arnold Böcklin's 'Isle of the Dead'
Death is inevitable. A reality that unites all humans. In medieval times, the practice of reflecting the transient nature of earthy life was known as memento mori - a Latin phrase meaning 'remember that you must die.' Since time immemorial, artists have developed a universal language to explore the concepts of memento mori. Common elements include skulls, flowers, or candles to imply the persistence of time.
The Mysterious Genital Sculptures That Adorn Britain's Churches
Sheela Na Gigs are seemingly erotic stone carvings of female figures predominately found in Romanesque churches. What's special about them? Well these sculptures consist of an old disproportionate woman squatting and pulling apart her vulva, a fairly strange thing to find in a church.
Smashing Patriarchy — One Painting at a Time
Two women are pressing a man down on a bed. One puts her fist against his right temple while the other grips his torso. Although the man tries to push the woman in the blue gown, away from his right hand, he can not defeat the combined strength of both the women. The woman in the yellow gown cuts his throat through a golden sword with no repentance on her face. The blood spurts through the bedsheet and the victim's eyes are wide open.
Does Christianity Have a Psychedelic History?
Psilocybin mushrooms commonly referred to as magic mushrooms are naturally occurring psychoactive substances. Although psilocybin was first isolated in 1958 by Dr. Albert Hofmann, the consumption of this hallucinogenic compound is historically traced back to different cultures.
The Breastfeeding Bearded Woman of Abruzzi
In the 21st century, the world has started embracing gender fluidity and being more sensitive in not putting a person into strict categories of female or male. The question is - if we move back in time to almost 400 years, how did the societal norms evolve in both identity and expression?