Auguste Rodin: The Crouching Woman

Auguste Rodin’s bronze sculpture Crouching Woman (Femme accroupie) in the Hirshhorn Museum, USA

The Crouching Woman is a bronze sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). It was modeled during the period 1882-1884, and enlarged during 1907-1911, and cast in 1962. The sculpture can be viewed in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, an art museum beside the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., the United States. According […]

Frederic Edwin Church: The Icebergs

The Icebergs (1861) landscape painting by Frederic Edwin Church, Dallas Museum of Arts

The American artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) specialized in painting landscapes that had a ‘spiritual dimension’ in each of his works. Frederic Edwin Church is one of the most widely traveled artists whose destinations included South America (especially the Andes), and countries in Europe and the Middle East (countries/ territories now known as Egypt, Syria, […]

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (Les Iris)

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (Les Iris), oil painting of 1889

‘Irises’ (Les Iris) is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. It is currently on display at J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA. Vincent van Gogh painted ‘Irises’ in May 1889, days after he was admitted at the psychiatric center at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, southern […]

The Sleeping Borghese Hermaphroditus

The Sleeping Borghese Hermaphroditus at Louvre museum, designed as free widescreen wallpaper

Cardinal Scipione Borghese loved this Hermaphrodite so much that he devoted a room for her/him in Villa Borghese, and called it the ‘Room of the Hermaphrodite’. What you see in the picture is the ‘Sleeping Hermaphroditus’, a second century AD Roman copy of the Greek original of the second century BC. In 1608, it was […]

Katsushika Hokusai: The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, from 36 Views of Mount Fuji, Color woodcut by Katsushika Hokusai

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (‘The Great Wave’, or ‘Behind the Great Wave at Kanagawa’), is a color woodblock print by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). It is a great example of ukiyo-e art published in the period between 1830 and 1833 as a part of the artist’s famous series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount […]

Evolution of art is integral to evolution of humans

Aphrodite Braschi, broken marble Venus, Glyptothek, Munich

Art is what evolved along with the evolution of Homo sapiens. The history of art, both in its two-dimensional form such as drawings and paintings, and three-dimensional form as carvings, sculptures, statues and similar artistic objects, is as old as the history of human beings. In fact, art is older than writing. The earliest forms […]

El Greco: The Opening of the Fifth Seal

El Greco: The Opening of the Fifth Seal, or The Vision of Saint John

The oil painting ‘The Opening of the Fifth Seal’ (or ‘The Vision of Saint John’) created by the Spanish artist and architect El Greco (birth name Domenikos Theokópoulos, 1541-1614), is a landmark painting in the history of not only art, but also Cubism and Modern Art too. This large (dimensions 222.3 cm x 193 cm) […]

Phryne (as Venus) made immortal by Praxiteles

Aphrodite of Cnidus, Venus Pudica, by Praxiteles, National Museum of Rome

We often hear about Phryne, whenever the name of Venus or Aphrodite is mentioned. Also we quite often stumble upon the name Praxiteles along with the names of Aphrodite, Phryne, etc. Who are they? Phryne was a famous hetaera (a term used for courtesans) who was born in Thespiae in Boeotia but lived in Athens […]

Paul Cezanne: The Large Bathers

Paul Cezanne: The Large Bathers, Les Grandes Baigneuses, 1906

The French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne’s large oil painting titled ‘The Bathers’ (also called The Big Bathers or The Large Bathers and in French ‘Les Grandes Baigneuses’) have many superlatives attributed to it. These include: ‘the largest of his ‘Bather’ series of paintings, one of the masterpieces of modern art, his finest work, […]

The Birth of Venus by Cabanel and other artists

The Birth of Venus (1863) by Alexandre Cabanel, free widescreen wallpaper 1920x1200

The French Academic painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) is well-known for his works depicting classical, mythological and religious themes, apart from his fame as a portrait painter. From 1844 he exhibited his works at the Paris Salon and had won the Grande Médaille d’Honneur at the Salons of 1865, 1867 and 1878. He painted more or […]