art history

The femme fragile was the product of its time: in the Victorian era, feminine weakness conveyed Godliness and mental purity.
So much of what we know about art comes from art historians, but how much do we know about the art historians themselves?
For six weeks in 2011, visitors to room 20 of the Parisian Musee d'Orsay didn't know what to look at first—Gustave Courbet's L'Origine du Monde (1866), or the woman copying it at a nearby easel.
While the word “muse” is often used to describe an inspiration or influence behind an artwork, it usually means we are either idealizing a woman or ignoring a female artist’s accomplishments.
On-site research was put on hold abruptly in March around the world. Many students conducting their work while on fellowship-funded research years had to return home, their research paused awkwardly…

This video attempts to answer an age old question: Does art have to be beautiful? See how Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist helps answer that question.

Here are 10 artists whose work transcends a momentary Valentine’s Day infatuation to become celebrated odes to love.
Here are 10 ways to embody art this Halloween.