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Cats Are Taking Over Famous Western Artworks And We're Definitely Not Mad About It

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.03.2015 | Arts

The cover of Susan Herbert's new book features a pretty familiar scene -- a woman with a blue and gold turban is peering over her shoulder, a single ...

Revisiting The Radically Avant-Garde Movement Art History Forgot

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts

Have you heard of Cobra, the 20th century, post-war art movement privileging all things folk, kitsch, lowbrow, populist and "primitive"? Don't f...

In Honor Of National Dog Day, Here Are The Cutest Canines Of Art History

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts

We'll take one pug, please. Puppies in the park. Classic. (Monkey in the park, not so classic.) Forget about the convex mirror, we just want to see ...

13 People Who Are Definitely Reading Books, Not Just Posing For A Painting

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts

"Am I conveying just how intensely I love books? More eyeball, maybe? How 'bout now?" "Quick, everyone, the painter's here. Read feverishly!" "Judy...

Glorious Tumblr Provides The Nudes Of Art History With The Vibrators They've Long Desired

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts

Posing nude as the subject of an iconic artwork has its ups and downs. On the upside, your voluptuous bod will be immortalized and exhibited for all t...

5 Things You Didn't Know About Toulouse-Lautrec

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

you probably don't know that Toulouse-Lautrec led a strange, short, gritty life, full of oddities and idiosyncrasies. He faced adversity, but he was by no means an angel. Here are 5 things you'd never guess about the life of this complex artist.

7 Surprising Secrets About the Real Mona Lisa

Dianne Hales | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Dianne Hales

Mystery may always swirl around this most famous of paintings and its subject, but one thing remains certain: Five centuries after a genius immortalized her, the world cannot stop looking at the Renaissance woman whom everyone recognizes -- and whose secrets we are just getting to know.

From Ansel Adams to Calvin: The Surprising Inspiration for Landscape Art

Mark Stoll | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts
Mark Stoll

Most of this art shows the timeless ethereal beauty of nature. It also lacks or minimizes the presence of people. The American love of the empty landscape originated among Protestants from northwestern Europe, and especially among Calvinists.

5 Famous Artists Who Once Faced Rejection

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

There will always be a critic who dislikes an artist's work. But some artists throughout history have faced more than just one dissenting voice. These artists, now studied and revered, were once criticized, ridiculed and rejected.

13 Art History Emojis We Desperately Wish Were Real

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts

This one goes out to all the art-savvy texters of the world, looking to add some of history's finest manifestations of creative expression to their O...

Your Favorite Art History Portraits Get Made Over For The Selfie Age

artnet News | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts

 Read the original article on artnet News. Rembrandt, Self-Portrait, 1659, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. If you're a selfie a...

Scientists Discover Mona Lisa Isn't The Only Painted Lady Rocking The 'Mona Lisa Smile'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts

The mystery of Mona Lisa's smile is probably one of the first things you learned about in art class. But it turns out Mona Lisa may not be the only pa...

20 People From Famous Paintings Who Literally. Can't. Even.

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts

"You're looking at me as if I can help but I seriously cannot even." "My shoes are made of paper and I can't. Even." "Literally, look at me one mor...

The Renaissance of Fashion -- Haute Couture Week July 2015

Tanya Caruso | Posted 08.05.2015 | Style
Tanya Caruso

The way many children feel on Christmas Day was the way I felt during the course of this July's Haute Couture Fashion Week. Every thing was bigger and more elaborate than I could have ever dreamed- especially in terms of silhouettes. The reason for this was due to inspiration emerging from fashions of the Northern Renaissance.

Famous Paintings Paired With BuzzFeed Headlines Are Winning Art History

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.04.2015 | Arts

Sometimes, the titles of famous paintings are hilariously underwhelming. We refer to Rembrandt's memorable portrait of his son as "Titus van Rijn in ...

Art Can Inspire Faith. It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies. Renaissance Art Depictions of Jesus Did Both

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's not surprising that artworks mirrored propaganda, since the paintings were commissioned by the Church, the biggest patron, and the wealthy, who sought to impress the Church with their devotion to Jesus and the teachings of the Church. Jesus the Jew did not fit into this illusory world.

A Brief History Of Side-Eye In Medieval Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

"Kim, your cloak is so cute. Where'd you get it?" Kim: side-eye. "After careful consideration, I think Dan smells fine." Sole dissenter: side-eye. ...

Reflections on "Reflections Through Time": Meta-narratives in the Art of Ruth Weisberg

Annabel Osberg | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

From an overarching standpoint, the sad detachment hallmarking Weisberg's work may imply her personal sense of isolation in longing for the past and yearning for communication with deceased artists.

Art AIDS America: An Impressive Exhibition and an Important Curatorial Event

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Art AIDS America may be the most important, historically salient, stylistically diverse, and politically inspirational exhibit of them all. Which is saying something.

Why You May Not Have Ever Seen An Original Frida Kahlo In Real Life

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts

Frida Kahlo is having a moment. Equal parts art-world underdog, feminist icon and object of kitsch, Kahlo's legacy seems as miraculous as her too-shor...

A Very Brief Food Tour of the Met

Edible | Posted 07.08.2015 | Taste
Edible

To celebrate the recent 140th birthday of New York's most magnificent museum, we selected some of our favorite food-related pieces in the Met's collection -- which is online in its entirety, so there goes your afternoon -- and paired them, naturally, with something to eat.

Priscilla Frank

10 More 19th Century American Woman Artists You Don't Know, But Should

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts

The following artists constitute a very different breed of American heroes than those we're used to hearing about. They fought for feminism deca...

All Your Existential Worries Are Catalogued In One Hilarious Instagram Account

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts

The Internet's greatest gift to society: an outlet for the never-ending river of frustrations that is life. Our favorite virtual answer to sublime hop...

A Brief History Of Classic Artworks That Are Way More Erotic Than You Remember

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts

Hi, it's your resident art journalist here, letting you in on a pretty widely known secret about art history: it's even dirtier than you remember. Bef...

These Are The Beautiful Mothers Of Art History

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts

Happy Mother's Day! Since -- as they say -- a picture's worth a thousand words, we'd like to pay homage to every mom with a collection of artworks...