This past week, the fashion house of Schiaparelli debuted their couture collection featuring surrealist forms, realistic animal busts, and kitsch designs. The house today is led by Daniel Roseberry, but the designs presented hark back to the founder of this couture atelier: Elsa Schiaparelli. Known for her revolutionary ideas, controversial designs, and collaborations with Surrealist artists, Schiaparelli created clothing that also functioned as works of art.
So much of what we know about art comes from art historians, but how much do we know about the art historians themselves?
Over the centuries, Chinese artists have created a variety of objects based on or embellished by the twelve animals: mirrors, jade and terracotta statuettes, vases, and paintings.
Serving as an arguable transition from the mysticism of religion-based scientific belief into modern science, alchemy bridges the gap between the spiritual and the physical.
Contemporary artists may resort to snow and ice as their medium, using the ephemeral qualities inherent of water below 32 degrees to call attention to the pressing issue of climate change. The following ten examples trace the art of winter over time.
The bustle was a fashion accessory in Victorian Europe's upper-class society throughout the nineteenth century. In its function, it replaced the hoop skirt to provide wealthy women with a desirable figure that exaggerated the curvature of the buttocks.
The Hugo Ball Prize is awarded once every three years by the German city of Pirmasens and can be given to writers, artists, and publishers. This year, it was awarded to filmmaker and video artist, Hito Steyerl.
The femme fragile was the product of its time: in the Victorian era, feminine weakness conveyed Godliness and mental purity.
The masks of French Surrealist photographer Claude Cahun (1894-1954) vary from that of an androgynous weight-training flapper to a Buddhist monk.
Almost one hundred years ago, Walt Disney created his most iconic character, Mickey Mouse. The mouse can be traced back to a series of short films in the 1920s, with Steamboat Willie (1928) being the most memorable. Steamboat Willie is also notable for being one of the first cartoons ever produced with fully synchronized sound.