Art Talk

Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens

Sir?! The famous painter was referred as " Sir Peter Paul Rubens " for his diplomatic skills that earned him twice a knighthood. Fort from Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England.

How likely a painter could become a knight? Click here to learn on his fascinating journey, from painter, diplomat to spy.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

Why is Mona Lisa’s eyebrows are gone? Some claim it was the high-class fashion of the time to pluck hair and remove eyebrows. While others believe it is a proof that the painting was never finished. Who’s right?

Learn all about it in this surprising article!

The Ambassadors

The Ambassadors

Can you look closer? When searching for details in the painting, there are many signs to decode. One is the age of the two figures. One’s holding a dagger where it’s written "AET. SV Æ/ 29 "(he is 29). The other is leaning on a book, by the shelve, where you can read "AETAT/IS SV Æ 25" (his age is 25).

Click here to discover more fascinating facts about The Ambassadors.

Painters at war

Painters at war

Did you know that Franz Marc, an Expressionist painter, enlisted in the German Army at the outbreak of the Great War in 1914? He was placed in a military camouflage unit, where he painted canvas covers to hide artillery from aerial observation.

You won’t believe the seven other stories about famous painters at war.

Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun

Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun caused a minor public scandal un 1787, with her painting Self-Portait with Her Daughter Julie. She depicted herself smiling with her mouth opened and showing her teeth, which was a direct contravention of traditional painting conventions.

Click here to learn the surprising journey of the painter who had to flee the French Revolution.

The Arnolfini portrait

The Arnolfini portrait

The Arnolfini portrait still has many secrets. This article will bring you to the universe of this painting, yet still caught up with often incomplete or debated information. Starting from the top signature to the dog at the bottom.

Keep on learning about this amazing painting in only 9 facts!

Nighthawks

Nighthawks

What do you see in this painting? Because apparently, Edward Hopper said: "Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city." Would you say you see the same?

Discover more facts and intriguing stories about Nighthawks and its painter in this article!

Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse

Did you know that before becoming an inventor, Samuel Morse was a painter? His work includes many portraits of political figures, such as former USA Presidents John Adams and James Monroe.

Read more about Samuel Morse surprising work!

Birth of Venus

Birth of Venus

There are gods everywhere in the painting, but where they are? You see Venus at first in the middle, goddess of love. There is Zephyr, god of the west wind, blowing Venus to shore. Then one of the Horae, goddesses of the seasons, which offers a cape to clothe Venus.

Learn more facts about Boticelli's Birth of Venus over here!

René Magritte

René Magritte

A frame?! If you see the frame of this painting, you are very lucky. This means you are standing in the same room as the actual painting, which is in a private collection (not on view in a museum).

Discover more interesting facts in René Magritte’s Son of Man.

Salvador Dali's Persistence of Memory

Salvador Dali's Persistence of Memory

Discover 10 fun facts about Salvador Dalí’s Persistence of Memory!

Did you know Dalí would attempt to enter a meditative state of self-induced psychotic hallucinations so that he could make what he called "hand-painted dream photographs”?

Read the other nine facts in the full article! 

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian

Things you never knew you didn't know about Piet Mondrian! 

He was a contributor to the De Stijl (The Style) art movement and group, which he co-founded with Theo van Doesburg. Also known as Neoplasticism , this Dutch art movement advocated pure abstraction by a reduction to the essentials of form and color. 

Discover six other facts about his life in this blog article.