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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...

Aggregating Lapidary Still Lifes

Annabel Osberg | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

What do fish tanks, earrings, mineral displays, license plates, and disco balls have in common?

American Masterworks From the Corcoran at the National Gallery of Art

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.15.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The National Gallery of Art has acquired more than 6,000 works of art from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Beginning in the summer of 2015 and continuing for several months, the paintings will be integrated into the American galleries on the main floor.

Here Are 28 Gorgeous Reasons Why Blue Is The New Orange In Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts

Pablo Picasso. Mary Cassatt. Yves Klein. Georgia O'Keeffe. This is just a handful of the many 20th century artists who've dipped their brush in a ...

Art Historians Explain All The Bizarre, NSFW Medieval Art Going Viral On The Internet

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts

Some weird things went on in one of the few spaces where medieval artists had creative freedom.

Finally, A Tumblr Account That Gives You All The Art Without The Gluten

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts

Bless you, anonymous Tumblr user, whoever you are. For you created Gluten Free Museum, a collection of art for dietary radicals (and digital Celiacs a...

Here's Gandhi As A Hipster, And Other World Leaders Turned Too Cool

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

Once upon a time, young designer Amit Shimoni was contemplating the state of Israeli cultural icons. He Googled a photo of Theodor Herzl, 19th century...

The Viola da Gamba: Cultivating Quiet Music

Elizabeth Weinfield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Elizabeth Weinfield

In short, these are instruments meant for the cultivation of a delicate, refined beauty, the sort which may seem difficult to come by in today's loud and fast-paced world, but whose quiet existence is there, inviting us all to consider its "alternate future."

Why Do the English Insist on Showing Rubens If They Dislike Him So Much?

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

The Royal Academy's Rubens and His Legacy raises more questions than answers and make me wonder why the English find it so difficult to understand or even tolerate him. The clearest example of this confusion comes from the exhibition's fiercest critic, The Guardian's Jonathan Jones.

CultureZohn: Women, Where Are We Going? I Thought We Were All in This Together!

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.09.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play reopening on Broadway has renewed resonance on the day after International Women's Day.

The Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As I walked up the familiar steps and entrance everything seemed as it had been during my time as a student. The inside, however, was quite different and the courtyard was bathed in light, still surrounded by some familiar artwork.

Artsts Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga Shock and Awe and the Dallas Museum of Art

Jenny Block | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
Jenny Block

Art is a strange and wondrous thing. It helps us to relate to and understand the world around us. It helps us to relate to and understand one another. But sometimes it raises more questions that answers. And that, to me, is the most intriguing kind of art.

Old Color Photos of Native Americans

Paul Ratner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Arts
Paul Ratner

Looking at them I see regular people but also royalty. They are in a way no different than historical portraits of European kings, queens and nobility.

The Art of the Handcrafted Ukulele

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.24.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

They call it "Twitch." It's named for a beloved cat left behind long ago in Richmond, Va., before a seminal move to the West Coast.It's an intricately constructed, handmade ukulele, painted exquisitely in a style that defies definition.

Artist Addresses Racial Injustice, From 1700s Europe To Present Day America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts

Titus Kaphar doesn't quite turn absences into presences, but rather into something in between. His artwork conjures a space somewhere between here and...

Wit and Wisdom From Art Historian Janetta Rebold Benton

Ellen Dobbyn-Blackmore | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Ellen Dobbyn-Blackmore

From the back of the room you can see her eyes sparkle with mischief as she lets you in on little known gossip about an artist or playfully points out imperfections or naughty content in the works being examined.