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Bridges of Paris: Pont Alexandre III, an Open-Air Museum

Michael Saint James | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Michael Saint James

The Pont Alexandre III is Paris's most elegant, grandiose, and sumptuous bridge: one of the most beautiful river crossings in the world. It was built ...

How To Be A Surrealist Queen, According To Near-Forgotten Artist Leonor Fini

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts

"I strike it, stalk it, try to make it obey me. Then in its disobedience, it forms things I like." This is how Argentine painter Leonor Fini describe...

The Accidental Color That Changed The Course Of Art

Zócalo Public Square and The Getty | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts

True blue, royal blue, ultramarine: During the Renaissance, these were all names for the most prized of all pigments, lazurite, derived from the semip...

A Hidden Gem In Indianapolis, Indiana: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I'm a big museum person and was delighted to hear that there was a museum dedicated to Native Americans - their culture and art - on the western edge of downtown Indianapolis, in White River State Park.

Famous Paintings That Will The Scare The S**t Out Of You This Halloween

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.19.2015 | Arts

What's more frightening than a ghoul who sits on your chest as you sleep? How about a hairy gentleman with a penchant for eating offspring? A bi...

People In Famous Paintings Who Are F**king Excited About Fall

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.09.2015 | Arts

"Don't mind us. We're hoarding our annual bundle of festive leaves." Larry is unavailable this fall because he's become pumpkin spice personified.&nb...

A Brief Survey Of The Most Glorious Redheads In Art History

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts

If a bias against redheads is real, the gingers of art history have a few things to say:  "I woke up like this." (Sandro Botticelli, "The...

Rare 100-Year-Old Films Capture Monet, Degas And Renoir At Work

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts

Have you ever closed your eyes, clasped your hands and prayed to the almighty powers of art to transport you back in time to see your favorite creato...

Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada at the Los Angeles County Museum LACMA (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 09.18.2015 | Arts

Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to California-based artist Noah ...

People In Famous Artworks Who Just Really Have To Pee

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.16.2015 | Arts

Men, women, boys, girls, cupids, cherubs -- everyone needs to take a tinkle now and again. And if a famous artist happens to document the leakage...

Good Luck Falling Asleep Next To These Terrifying Art-Inspired Stuffed Animals

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.16.2015 | Arts

Every true art lover appreciates the fragile, painterly touch of 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, also known as the master of light. When ...

A Portrait of Jack Rutberg: Los Angeles Gallerist, Collector, Art World Maverick

Annabel Osberg | Posted 09.15.2015 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

"You have to be careful when you read things. Most of what you read is wrong, anyway," Jack Rutberg responded to a question I had asked regarding a magazine article about him and his gallery. "If you ever read an article about something you know about, you will be staggered at how wrong it can be."

People In Famous Paintings Who Are Too Hangry To Deal With You Today

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts

Sometimes, life makes you hangry. This baby is hangry. This vampire is hangrier. Saturn is hangriest. Man: "Bernice, put your clothes back on a...

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...