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How Balthazar, One of the Three Kings, Who Visited Baby Jesus Became Black?
"We Three Kings of Orient are, Bearing gifts we traverse afar, Field and fountain, Moor and mountain, Following yonder Star." (Chorus) "O Star of Wonder, Star of Night, Star with Royal Beauty bright, Westward leading, Still proceeding, Guide us to Thy perfect Light."
Andy Warhol's Superhuman Portrayal of Fragile Women
A Promethean (rebelliously creative) inventor and a receptive artist. A painter who was never considered a serious artist but rather a commercial one. And an artist who radicalized the art market by erasing a concept so important to western Art: "Uniqueness" and "Originality".
This 450-Year Old Painting Contains Over 100 Hidden Proverbs We Still Use Today
While scrolling through some interesting paintings, I stumbled upon a fascinating 450-year old painting that encapsulates over 100 hidden proverbs and idioms identified in the English language. Some of them are still in popular use.
"Vagina". There, I said it.
What makes art controversial? This is a tough question. Often what demarcates controversial art from non-controversial art is individual perception and subjectivity. When an artwork divides audiences, sparks reactions, and upsets general culture and expectations, it tends to be a controversial piece of art.
The Most Botched Art Restorations In History
Art restoration is an important activity to preserve historical heritage, culture, and legacy for our future generations. There is no particular technique and fit-formula to restore an art form but trained art historians, chemists, and material scientists use extensive knowledge to assess art and use methods to minimally alter the original form.
Who Could Be Vermeer's 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'?
In 1999, American author Tracy Chevalier published Girl with a Pearl Earring, a novel that was directly inspired by Johannes Vermeer's most celebrated painting with the same name.
This is Why the Vatican Censored Michelangelo's David
Have you been to Notre Dame? A medieval cathedral in Paris, completed mostly in the 13th century. At the front entrance to Notre Dame, there is a depiction of 'the fall of man'. The dramatic moment at the garden of Eden where Eve eats the forbidden fruit and shares the fruit with Adam. Ashamed of their nakedness, both are expelled from the Garden of Eden.
Van Gogh’s “Ugliest” Masterpiece
Vincent van Gogh painted The Night Café just after he finished painting the Café Terrace at Night in 1888 at Arles, France. Both were painted around the same time and location(Arles) but there was a striking contrast in them.
5 Frighteningly Vivid Illustrations of Hell
What happens after we die? Is there an afterlife? Or are we stuck in endless cycles of birth and death? Well, obviously there is no definitive answer to this but a sizable majority believes in heaven and hell.
This Gay Artist Challenged Sexuality Norms Long Before We Could Imagine
Can you imagine a gay visual artist in 1950s America who embraced gender fluidity long before the term was even coined? Imagine how difficult it would be to aesthetically portray homoeroticism long before when being gay was not only risky but also illegal.
5 Erotic Paintings That Scandalized the Art World
In 2017, my husband and I visited Bhutan. A beautiful landlocked country in Eastern Himalayas. Can you take a wild guess at what bewildered us?
Why a Romantic Artist Turned Pessimistic and Painted Eerily Disturbing Artworks
Francisco Goya was a legendary Spanish artist who was accorded the title of the first 'modern artist'. His initial career was marked with Rococo-style paintings portraying drama, peasantry, and exuberance. But between 1819–1823, he illustrated a series of dark and disturbing paintings that were discovered 50 years later from his country house in the outskirts of Madrid.