Art historian and art critic, writer, artist. Author of “How to Read Paintings” https://books2read.com/u/bw7vNY

An intimate portrait that refuses sentimentalism

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The Child’s Bath (1893) by Mary Cassatt. Oil on canvas. The Art Institute of Chicago. Image source The Art Institute of Chicago (open access)


How this wistful depiction of the ancient temple tells a deeper story

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The Parthenon (1871) by Frederic Edwin Church. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States. Image source The Met (public domain).


A step on the path to abstract art and a brighter epoch

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Improvisation №30 (Cannons) by Wassily Kandinsky, 1913. Oil on canvas. The Art Institute of Chicago. Image source The Art Institute of Chicago (open access)


Open your mind to peripheral thinking

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Photo by Zulmaury Saavedra on Unsplash


An image of grandeur and eminence that describes Christ’s victory over death

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The Resurrection (c. 1460s) by Piero della Francesca. Fresco. Palazzo della Residenza in the town of Sansepolcro, Tuscany, Italy. Image source Wikimedia Commons


Sculptural revolution expressed by a twist in the human body

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David (1501–1504) by Michelangelo. Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence. Image source Wikimedia Commons


Tips on how to begin your studies into the history of art

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The Angelus (1857–59) by Jean-François Millet. Oil on canvas. Image source Wikimedia Commons


How a momentary encounter became the first photographic portrait

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Boulevard du Temple, Paris, 3rd arrondissement, Daguerreotype. Made in 1838 by inventor Louis Daguerre, this is believed to be the earliest photograph showing a living person. Image source Wikimedia Commons


The power of simplicity in this baroque masterpiece

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The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (1602) by Caravaggio. Oil on canvas. Contarelli Chapel, Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome. Source Wikimedia Commons


A captivating exploration of light by the Dutch master

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Young Woman with a Water Jug (1660–1662) by Johannes Vermeer. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image source Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

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