art history

Post image for Imagining the Thoughts of Women Readers in Paintings

One recurring image in the paintings of Western art history is that of a woman sitting in solitude, seemingly lost in the pages of a book.

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Post image for We Painted Famous Artworks with Donald Trump’s Face

Donald Trump came under fire again this week after making some pretty outrageous statements about GOP presidential rival Carly Fiorina’s face, so it’s especially timely that someone on the internet gifted us with “Paint with Donald Trump,” a website that lets you paint with eight of Trump’s most ridiculous expressions.

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Post image for Carnegie Museum of Art Makes its Provenance Accessible and Interactive

Label text rarely describes the life of a painting before it arrived at a museum, yet there’s a whole narrative of ownership in a painting’s journey from an artist’s studio to a static place on the wall.

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Post image for 350 Years After the Great Plague, Its Skeletal Reaper Remains

Death as a skeletal grim reaper was cemented as a symbol during the plagues in Europe, which stretched from the 14th to 18th centuries.

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Post image for The Exuberant Postcard Art of the First Bauhaus Exhibition

In 1923, a flurry of colorful postcards heralded the first major Bauhaus school exhibition.

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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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