Unusual and Awesome Art Media

light tubes plastic

We all know about the traditional and typical forms of media used in visual arts. In painting and drawing, we use oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, crayon, ink, charcoal and many others. Wood, stone, wax, bronze, plaster and ice are some of the usual types of media used for sculpting. But you know … Read more

The Interesting Origins of The Last Supper

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper is one of the paintings that were created by Leonardo da Vinci during the 1490s. The mural was commissioned to be painted at the refectory or dining hall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a church located in Milan, Italy. The Last Supper is considered as one … Read more

The Interesting Origins of Guernica

tiled wall copy of Picasso’s Guernica in Guernica, Spain

Guernica is a large painting that was created by Pablo Picasso in 1937. The artwork is regarded as one of Picasso’s most popular paintings due to its powerful meaning and symbolism. It is supposed to depict the violence and chaos that occurred during the bombing of Guernica, Spain, on April 26, 1937, … Read more

The Interesting Origins of the Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

The Mona Lisa is a portrait painting created by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1517. The artwork is currently considered as one of the most popular paintings in history, along with The Starry Night and The Last Supper. Because of its popularity, the Mona Lisa has appeared in different forms of … Read more

The Interesting Origins of the Arnolfini Portrait

the Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck

The Arnolfini Portrait is the most popular name given to an oil painting created by Jan van Eyck in 1434. The painting, which has the size of a full-length double portrait, is believed to depict an Italian merchant named Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, Jeanne Cenami, holding hands in one … Read more

The Interesting Origins of The Night Watch

The Night Watch by Rembrandt

The Night Watch is the shortened name of the painting created by Rembrandt van Rijn in 1642. The painting’s original name is “Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain FransBannickCocq.” However, it is commonly referred to now as “The Night Watch,” since that was the nickname given to the … Read more

The Interesting Origins of The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

The Persistence of Memory is an oil-on-canvas painting created by Salvador Dali in 1932. The painting serves as one of the most prominent artworks in Surrealist art, and because of its vague-yet-powerful imagery, the meaning and symbolism of the painting are still being debated until today. Created during the peak of Surrealism, … Read more

The Interesting Origins of The Starry Night

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night is an oil-on-canvas painting that was created in June 1889 by Vincent van Gogh. The painting was conceptualized during the time when van Gogh was admitted to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole lunatic asylum, and it was just one of many artworks that the painter created in his stay at the said … Read more

The Interesting Origin of The Scream

first painted version of The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream is the English title given to a painting conceptualized and created by Edvard Munch, an expressionist in Norway, in 1893. The artwork is famous for the “shrieking expression” of the depicted figure at the bottom, which seemingly saw something shocking at the lower-left corner of the painting. While there are … Read more

The Interesting History of Opera

the stage in an opera house

An opera is a form of theater where music has a leading role. Parts are taken by singers, but it still differs from musical theater. It is usually a collaboration of a composer and a librettist. It includes a number of the performing arts, like acting, costume, scenery, and sometimes dance. The … Read more

The Strange Habits and Quirks of Famous Artists

Michelangelo

It’s no secret that artists can be idiosyncratic in their expression of art, sure, but more often than not, even in their personal lives. Masters of this craft had some eccentric habits and some unique peculiarities. Some of these quirks were surprising; others were just plain bizarre. In this post, we’ll explore … Read more

The History of Art in Ancient Rome

White Marble Statue

Founded in 509 B.C.E., the Roman Empire ruled over most of Europe, and even parts of Africa and Asia for a thousand years. This civilization (which spanned over three continents) was centered around the capital city of Rome. And they promoted arts to a great extent. You can trace back the origins … Read more

Scary and Creepy Paintings From History

the garden of earthly delights

As fascinating as it is to study the world of ancient arts, sometimes it can get a tad creepy. Art has been an integral part of the cultural development of our species. It has been found in every culture and civilization that has passed in one form or another. And being such … Read more

The Longest Hollywood Movies Ever Made

A long unwinding reel of film signifying a lengthy movie

We all like to watch a long movie. The longer it is the more immersed you get. Longevity also allows for more character development that better impacts your emotions down the line. But sometimes a movie gets a bit too long. In this post we’ll be listing some of the longest movies … Read more

Famous Historical Japanese Artists

Cypress trees painting

Japanese painting has a charm of its own, with the artists developing their own styles over the centuries. If we’re interested in art, Japanese culture, history, or all of these, we should definitely read up on the great historical artists of Japan. One might say that culture and tradition are ingrained in … Read more

A Guide To Ancient Greek Music

Santorini, Greece during daytime

Music has had an ancient and beautifully rich history. Old as humanity itself, music too experienced cultural deviation along with mankind, with each part of the world producing something really unique. Many ancient civilizations placed great importance on music, and Greece was no exception. Already a colorful and exotic people, music played … Read more