The Interesting Origins of American Gothic

ant Wood self portrait

American Gothic is an oil-on-beaverboard painting that was created by American painter Grant Wood in 1930. The painting depicts two figures; the one on the right is an elderly man holding a pitchfork while looking directly in front, while the one on the left is a mid-age woman who is wearing a … 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 Origin of Whistler’s Mother

Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler

Whistler’s Mother is the colloquial name of the oil on canvas painting by James McNeill Whistler called the Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, which was painted in 1871. The popular name of the painting arose from the fact that the subject of the painting is the painter’s mother, whose name is … Read more

The Amazing History of Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal rock art

Among the classic forms of artistic expressions in the world, Aboriginal art is the oldest. They are also referred to as indigenous Australian art. They are made by Aboriginal Australians, who were the various Indigenous people of the Australian mainland. You will see an artwork on the museum roof of the Musee … 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 Oldest Songs in the World

Hurrian hymn

Music has existed for at least 55,000 years and is found in every culture in the world. It is not a surprise, as music is one of the fundamental expressions that are unique to humanity. Although there may have been songs that existed far back in human history, the earliest songs only … Read more

The Longest Literary Works Ever Written

You might have found Stephen King’s The Stand, to be too long (and it is long, almost 1000 pages long), but it still doesn’t come close to the longest works of literature ever written. Countless hours went into writing them, and people enjoyed reading them. You could argue that before the internet and quickly-consumed … 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

Profile of Leonardo da Vinci

The year 1452 witnessed the birth of one who was among the great geniuses of mankind, namely Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. Books, poetry and organized studies have been based upon him and all have been swarming with his overwhelming personality. In a lifespan of 67 years, this man earned fame … Read more

Famous Historical Chinese Artists

A portrait of Shen Zhou at the age of 80

There have been many great artists in the rich history of Chinese art from the third century to the modern era. Chinese art is famous for landscape paintings, and many masterpieces have been created by different Chinese artists. People continue to enjoy Chinese artists’ famous theories and style of art through the … Read more

Strange and Unusual Operas

Strange and Unusual Operas

Opera is an art form that has been much criticized over the years because of it’s outrageous and farfetched stories. If you think that a musical is silly because of its singing and dancing, then Opera is very silly because it features a world where each of the people in the story … Read more

20 of the World’s Most Famous Art Pieces

20 of the World’s Most Famous Art Pieces

The world’s history shows a lot of famous art, sculptures, and paintings that were made by great artists, sculptures, and painters. Some people may have or may have not heard about these art pieces. This article is a compilation of artworks made by famous painters and artist all over the world. If … Read more

The Fascinating History of Cave Art

The Fascinating History of Cave Art

The Fascinating History of Cave Art Cave art or cave paintings are one of the world’s first works of art. Almost two hundred painted caves all the way back from 30,000 BCE has been discovered in the Pyrenees regions of northern Spain and southern France. These paintingsare usuallyhand stencils and have simple … Read more

Amazing Clues and Meaning in Famous Works of Art

Amazing Clues and Meaning in Famous Works of Art

There is always more to a picture than meets the eye. And little did we know, some of the famous paintings we know today have secrets hidden beneath their surface. From Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper to Michelangelo’s The Sistine Chapel Ceiling. Most of these famous paintings are hundreds of years … Read more

Strange and Unusual Musical Instruments

Pikasso Guitar

Almost every famous musician played the piano, violin, guitar, or drums. But aside from these “mainstream” instruments, there are strange, unusual musical instruments that have been used over time. Some are even bigger than you can imagine. So take a seat and relax because we are here to give you a list … Read more

The Largest Sculptures and Statues in the World

Mount Rushmore

Creating art takes a lot of imagination and time. But what about those large structures that have been constructed during the ancient times? Can you imagine the amount of time, effort and creativity that they exerted when they created the Great Sphinx? With little and limited technology some amazing creations were made … Read more

The Largest Artwork in the World

The World’s Largest Carpet

There are many great artworks in the world like the Mona Lisa, David and Pieta, and Starry Night. These paintings are lovely to look at, but don’t you think they are a bit small? Da Vinci, Van Gogh and Michaelangelo’s paintings are wonderful, but wait until you see these large scaled work … Read more

Famous Paintings and the Stories Behind Them

Mona Lisa Famous Paintings

From time to time, the words that tell the story about a painting can be more captivating than the actual portrait itself. Below you can find an overview of some famous paintings, their creators, and the story or meaning behind them. 1. The Starry Night This painting of Van Gogh consists of … Read more

Secrets Hidden in Famous Works of Art

Botticelli primavera

Though recognizable, many famous works of art contain unsolved riddles, secret meanings, and even hidden images covered in the many layers of oil, paint and varnish. Here are some of them. 1. Angel Rudely Gestures to Pope Julius II On the ceiling of Sistine Chapel, an angel with attitude can be spotted. … Read more

Interesting and Unusual Ancient Art

Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with Attendant

Many forms of ancient art are still unexplainable how they are formed or what is the purpose of the art. Most of them are ancient. Some people believe that they are not man-made, they are from extra-terrestrial beings when they visited the earth. Here are some of the interesting and unusual art … Read more

Amazing Stained Glass Works of Art

Chartres cathédrale rosace nord

Colored glass or stained glass has helped to visually enhance most buildings since the Medieval Age and still continues to have Architect’s and design lover’s interest today. The glass can be used for multiple purposes such as a windows or ceilings. Stained glass consists of colored glass pieces that are connected and … Read more

Famous Works of Art That Were Never Completed

The quotation, “For all of the sad word of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been!” can also describe the loss of some famous artists that failed to complete their creations. The reasons of the incompletion can vary, either the creators die, or sometimes the artists would move … Read more

Unusual Forms of Art You Never Heard Of

Art, as they say, is a concept that cannot be defined. But whatever art’s real definition is, artists, art critics, and art students alike can all agree that art comes in many different forms. An art form is a specific shape or quality an artistic expression takes. Some of the most common … Read more

Interesting Facts About Shakespeare

Interesting Facts About Shakespeare

  We know that William Shakespeare is the beloved Bard not only in England but of the rest of the world. But little of us know the other interesting facts about Shakespeare. You may not believe that some other people think he didn’t exist! But apart from that, here are the other … Read more