3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Artemisia Gentileschi, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Louise Bourgeois

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Artemisia Gentileschi, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Louise Bourgeois

Today, Art Snap brings you glimpses into the careers of three diverse artists, all of whom happen to be women. It can seem that the field of art history celebrates male artists disproportionately because some spheres in which women worked, such as textile arts, were not recorded in its annals and because scholarship was initially […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Fashion Photography

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Fashion Photography

Happy September! The arrival of this month can mean different things for different people: back-to-school, the end of beach season, or the long-awaited return of Monday Night Football. For a certain segment of the population, it is synonymous with but one thing: the annual September Issue of the fashion world’s publications on the newsstands. With […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Afro-Portuguese Ivories

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Afro-Portuguese Ivories

Afro-Portuguese Ivories: 15th- 16th cent. Recently, we explored the history of one of China’s most famous exports, blue-and-white patterned porcelain, and today we’re returning to the theme of culturally complex trade objects that blend the aesthetics of indigenous creator and foreign market to remarkable effect. In 1460, the Portuguese became the first to land on […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know about Chagall’s United Nations Peace Window, 1964

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know about Chagall’s United Nations Peace Window, 1964

Today is the United Nations World Humanitarian Day. Please take a minute to watch this video by Beyonce, this year’s spokesperson, to learn more and join me in taking time today to do something good for someone else and make the world a kinder place: http://www.whd-iwashere.org/ WHD commemorates those who lost their lives in the […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

The 2012 Olympic Games end today, but before the flame goes out at the closing ceremony, take one last look at an iconic piece of the London skyline: Saint Paul’s Cathedral. The current structure, built between 1675 and 1710, is the fifth cathedral to have stood on the site since 604, and was designed by […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About the David Vases

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About the David Vases

Imagine grabbing a couple of bottles of France off the shelves in a fine foods emporium, reading a recipe that called for two tablespoons of Greece, or admiring a shiny new Germany parked on the street. It may seem ludicrous to synonymize wine, olive oil, or automobiles with the countries of their origin, but there […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About the Pedimental Sculptures from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About the Pedimental Sculptures from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia

The Olympic Games have kicked off in London, and to get in the spirit, we’re heading back to Greece. The ancient Olympics date to 776 BCE and were one of four Panhellenic festivals open to athletes from all parts of the Greek world. They honored Zeus, and the Temple of Zeus at Olympia was aptly […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” c. 1504

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” c. 1504

Hieronymus Bosch has been called the Surrealist of northern Renaissance art, and his masterpiece, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” makes clear why. Densely populated with bizarre and amusing hybrid figures and visions of the grotesque, the triptych seems playful and eccentric at first glance, but it actually reflects Bosch’s pessimistic view of the world and […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Klimt’s “Adele Bloch-Bauer I”

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Klimt’s “Adele Bloch-Bauer I”

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Gustav Klimt’s birth, and we’re featuring “Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” a luminous portrait that is considered one of his masterpieces. Klimt pioneered the Vienna Secession, an important movement that broke with traditional style and subject matter, and much of his work was met with simultaneous acclaim and intense protest. “Adele […] more…
3 Cool Things (You Might Not Know) About “Washington Crossing the Delaware”

3 Cool Things (You Might Not Know) About “Washington Crossing the Delaware”

An early happy Fourth of July from Art Snap! We’re celebrating with a painting commemorating a legendary moment during the Revolutionary War: General George Washington’s attack on the Hessians at Trenton on December 25, 1776. “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” an enormous oil painting by Emanuel Leutze, depicts the future president bathed in light at the […] more…
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