15th century

Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography by Walter Isaacson review – unparalleled creative genius

Flamboyant, illegitimate and self taught, he was unreliable and an unashamed self-publicist. He was also one of the most gifted and inventive men in history<p>In 1501, desperate for Leonardo to paint her portrait, the immensely rich Isabella d’Este employed a friar to act as go-between. The friar met …

Walter Isaacson

From Slave Trade to Debt: Occupation Disguised as “Discovery”

Photo by Alex Wright | CC by 2.0We have been told, and still are, that it was the pilgrims of the Mayflower that populated America. Had it been empty …

Liberal View

Learn About Seppuku, a Form of Ritual Suicide Practiced by the Samurai

<i>Seppuku</i>, also known less formally as <i>harakiri</i>, is a form of ritual suicide that was practiced by the samurai and daimyo of Japan. It usually involved …

Samurai

10 Hidden Images Discovered Beneath Famous Classic Paintings

Some classic paintings have surprised us with their “secrets”—forgotten paintings and images concealed for centuries until restoration techniques or …

Art History

10 Thrilling Reasons to Love Van Gogh

He began late and died young. Yet, over a span of ten years, Vincent van Gogh completed nearly 900 paintings and 1,100 sketches, lithographs, and …

Art History

10 Hidden Secrets In History’s Greatest Artworks

To make impressive art, special skills are needed to distinguish the artist. In some cases, artists knowingly and unknowingly include clues that shed …

Art History

Old master paintings given to National Gallery by Dutch aristocrat

Baron Willem van Dedem’s bequest called ‘Christmas gift to the nation’, with four works on public display from Wednesday<p>Four old master paintings left to the National Gallery by a Dutch aristocrat who died in 2015 will this week go on public display.<p>The gallery described Baron Willem van Dedem’s …

Art History

“Objects of Popular Resentment”: Hundreds of Professors Seek Removal Of Statues To Christopher Columbus and Teddy Roosevelt

I have been writing and speaking about the movement to remove statues that range from confederate leaders to Columbus to Supreme Court justices to …

Christopher Columbus

The Luther Legend

Martin Luther shattered Christendom and transformed the West, making the modern world possible and inevitable. This is the consensus among …

Liberal View

Transatlantic from Miami

Price includes<p>13 night Premium All Inclusive cruise on board Norwegian Star<br>• 1 night pre cruise stay in Miami<br>• One way flight from London to Miami<br>• All port taxes & fees<p>Choose your booking<p>Apr 20, 2018<p>Departures from<p>Miami<p>Call to book<p>Note: All holidays subject to availability. Dates, Prices and departures …

France

The Leonardo effect: Old Masters are back en vogue with a record Joseph Wright sale the latest high spot

There has been some discussion in the past few weeks as to whether the $450 million (£336 million) paid for Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ might have a tonic effect on the wider Old Master market which had been in danger of slipping from view.<p>The first test since last month’s Leonardo sale …

Art History

The Stars’ Awful Road Performance Reveals A Lot About the System’s Inability to Adjust

When I considered what the Stars system would probably look like under Ken Hitchcock, my general impression was positive.<p>The way Hitchcock teams …

Ken Hitchcock

Five world-famous spinels: the stones giving rubies a run for their money | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

Regarded as one of the “big four” in fine jewels, the ruby needs little introduction. By comparison, the red spinel is a little known, but equally …

Imperialism

10 Of The World’s Greatest Lost Treasures

Whether money, priceless artworks, or untold vaults of knowledge, the idea of treasure titillates the minds of nearly every person on Earth. Fortunes …

History

The $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Has Many ‘Buyers’

Another day and another high-profile buyer has emerged for the record $450 million purchase of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi.”<p>In the span of …

Business

The 10 Must-See Artworks In The Louvre, Paris

<b>Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – Death of the Virgin, c.1605-6</b><p>Caravaggio was the raconteur and revolutionary painter of his day, and in <i>Death of a</i> …

Art History

Bought a $450M painting? Don’t worry about the tax

Buyer of record-breaking da Vinci painting won’t have to pay sales tax

Salvator Mundi

Coventry: from Ghost Town to city of culture

A lot has changed in the 40 years since The Specials reached No 1 with their song about the city’s demise<p>In 1981 The Specials mourned that as post-industrial demise gripped Coventry it was becoming “like a ghost town” where “Bands won’t play no more/Too much fighting on the dance floor.” But …

Photography

Will Gompertz reviews Charles II: Art & Power ★★★★☆

<b>There is something hauntingly contemporary about this exhibition.</b><p>It starts with a disgruntled England, which has made a cataclysmic decision to break with an imperfect but effective Europe-entwined institution that has been the basis for the country's social, economic, and political life.<p>We'd be …

Royal Family

Christopher Columbus – Nevaeh's Blog

Christopher Columbus<br>Columbus made four trips across the atlantic ocean from spain in 1492,1498 and 1502. He was determined to find any direct water …

Christopher Columbus

St Albans Cathedral archaeological dig uncovers the lost grave of Abbot Wheathampstead

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 16:27 07 December 2017 | <b>UPDATED:</b> 16:27 07 December 2017<p>Abbot Wheathampstead's burial site - Canterbury Archaeological Trust<p>Archant<p>In a …

Archaeology

$400m for a da Vinci. Has the art world gone mad?

December 8, 2017<p>Never say never. It was beyond anyone’s wildest guess. On the evening of November 15 at Christie’s in New York, history was made when …

Salvator Mundi

Fine Art's Resurgence Offers a Refuge for Investors

By: Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna <br>The epic sale in mid-November of the painting <i>Salvator Mundi</i> by Leonardo da Vinci at the auction price of more than …

Conservative View

Saudi prince is mysterious buyer of $590 million Leonardo da Vinci painting

As it happens, Bader is a friend and associate of the leader of the purge: the country's 32-year-old Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.<p>The $US450.3 …

Salvator Mundi

Louvre Abu Dhabi to exhibit 'Salvator Mundi,' the world's most expensive painting

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Art History

Color Palettes of Famous Paintings

Color is one of the most important elements of a painting. It is what we tend to notice first and can help convey depth, form, and emotion in a …

Art History

$450 Million Da Vinci: Why Was Damaged Painting So Expensive?

<i>Leila Amineddoleh is the founder and managing partner of Amineddoleh & Associates, LLP in New York City, where she specializes in art, cultural</i> …

Art History

12 Famous Artists Share the Secret Behind Their Famous Masterpieces

For an artist, the canvas is a mouthpiece. The artist speaks to you with vibrant colors, bold strokes, and fine lines. She whispers her secrets, …

Artists

ELLE Brazil Recreates 5 Iconic Artworks With Real Models For Its Dec 2017 Issue

Left: Actors Tais Araujo and Lázaro Ramos recreate Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss‘. Right: Model Lea T recreates Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus‘. …

Mona Lisa

Powerful worlds of magic

<b>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone</b><p>If you believe, or would like to believe that magic exists, diving into the Harry Potter universe can be one …

Harry Potter