art history

Post image for Happy Canada Day! How Much Do You Know About Canadian Art History?

Do you love Canada? Prove it by taking our special Canada Day art quiz.

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Post image for Be the Bolshevik Wedge in a Game Inspired by El Lissitzky’s 1919 Propaganda Art

In the game Lissitzky’s Revenge, you are the tiny red triangle against the mighty white circle depicted in El Lissitzky’s 1919 Suprematist poster “Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge.”

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Post image for A Visual History of Society’s Monsters

From medical deformities to military enemies, the impulse to turn the unknown and threatening into mythical monsters has endured for centuries.

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Is Now the Bluest Time in Art?

by Allison Meier on April 13, 2015

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Interpreting the data of 94,526 paintings created between 1800 CE and 2000 CE, Martin Bellander, a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, discovered that blue has increased in art while orange has become less common.

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Post image for An Illustrated Guide to Arthur Danto’s “The End of Art”

Arthur Danto’s best-known essay, “The End of Art,” continues to be cited more than it is understood. What was Danto’s argument? Is art really over? And if so, what are the implications for art history and art-making?

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Post image for Panther-Riding Drunks May Be Michelangelo’s Only Surviving Metal Sculptures

A pair of bronze statues of nude revelers riding panthers are the only surviving works in metal by Michelangelo, a new study claims.

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Post image for Telling the History of Photographic Processes, from Daguerreotypes to Digital

The George Eastman House released a 12-part video series last month that starts with the silhouette and traces photography’s development through daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, Kodachrome, and right up to digital.

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Post image for French Sculptures in the US Stand Up to Be Counted

On the hunt for one of Emmanuel Fremiet’s cat bronzes? Want to play a game on Man Ray’s chess set? Curious to know which state has the most Louise Bourgeois sculptures? All these pressing queries and more will be answered thanks to the new French Sculpture Census.

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Post image for Fooling Around With Art History, on Lunch Break

When most people are bored at work, they surf Facebook. Not so with Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick, two employees at the website creation startup Squarespace who funneled their creative energy into photographic homages to the art historical canon.

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Post image for A Lost Purple Pigment, Where Quantum Physics and the Terracotta Warriors Collide

The connection between contemporary quantum physics and China’s ancient Terracotta Warriors is a lost pigment called Han purple. The vibrant hue appeared in the Zhou dynasty and faded out sometime near 220 AD; art didn’t see a purple as vivid until 19th-century manufacturing.

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