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Category: Art/History

Rare Photos from the Inside of the Real Titanic

Most people are familiar with the tragic story of the Titanic – the “unsinkable” ship that collided with an iceberg and ultimately sank in the early 20th century. James Cameron’s 1997 film “Titanic” played a large role in popularizing the story, yet few people…

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This Ancient Greek’s Breastbone Shows He Was Executed With Terrifying Precision

On the island of Thasos, which lies close to the north shore of the Aegean Sea, archaeologists recovered dozens of burials dating to the Greek Hellenistic period, or 4th to 1st centuries BC. One particular older male caught their attention because he was likely…

Archeologist Spends Over 35 Years Building Enormous Scale Model of Ancient Rome – Jessica Stewart

Tucked in the residential Roman neighborhood of EUR, a sprawling 1:250 scale model displays the glory of ancient Rome. Known as the Plastico di Roma Imperiale, the plaster model was commissioned by Mussolini in 1933 and depicts Rome in the 4th century AD at the time…

9 Bold & Powerful Women Who Shaped the Art World – Jessica Stewart

While the art world has historically seen a gender imbalance, this doesn’t mean that there have not been important women working on the scene. Artists themselves often get highlighted, but many female art patrons past and present have helped shape the way we view…

25+ Blossoming Works of Art Made Out of Real Flowers – Kelly Richman-Abdou

From still-life depictions to blooming landscapes, flowers have been a tried and true inspiration for nature-loving artists throughout the course of art history. In addition to traditional paintings and photographs, however, many of today’s artists have taken a more avant-garde approach to the floral craft by creating works of art…

The Horrible Inspiration Behind One of Picasso’s Great Works – Toby Saul

Pablo Picasso had been searching for three months for something to paint in April 1937. Living in Paris, the Spanish artist had been given a commission to produce a mural for the Spanish Pavilion of the 1937 Paris World’s Fair. Turmoil had disrupted his…

Frida Kahlo Writes a Personal Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe After O’Keeffe’s Nervous Breakdown (1933) – Colin Marshall

Important twentieth-century painters, as every student of art history learns, didn’t tend to sail smoothly through existence. Those even a little interested in famed Mexican self-portraitist Frida Kahlo have heard much about the travails both romantic and physical she endured in her short life. But in this…

How a Working-Class Couple Amassed a Priceless Art Collection – Mag

Herb Vogel never earned more than $23,000 a year. Born and raised in Harlem, Vogel worked for the post office in Manhattan. He spent nearly 50 years living in a 450-square-foot one-bedroom apartment with his wife, Dorothy, a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public…

2000+ Years of Dogs in Art, From Ancient Mosaics to Instagram Selfies – Sara Barnes

Dog art was also found in the first century AD. One charming example includes a pair of canines found near Civita Lavinia, Italy in 1774. A painter and art dealer named Gavin Hamilton had excavated a place aptly-named Dog Mountain and discovered, among other things,…

Color and Texture in Porto’s Palácio da Bolsa — Discover

Walking the streets of Porto, Portugal, the blogger at Travel Gourmand shares the city’s flare for ornament, including the stunning, gilded Arab Room at Palácio da Bolsa, the city’s old stock exchange. via Color and Texture in Porto’s Palácio da Bolsa — Discover    …

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