I always found that artists were the most influential people in some way or another. They can inspire us through their creativity, intelligence, and talent. Especially in art, each piece had been inspired by the setting, the time it was shaped in—sometimes the mood of it, too—but it's always a creation that outshines its inspirations. … Continue reading Top 5 Famous Artists of All Time
Many Medieval artworks depict Christian themes since art focused almost exclusively on religious subjects before the arrival of the Renaissance. In the early stages of the Renaissance, humanists, scholars, writers, artists, and thinkers were exposed to many new ideas and started questioning, challenging, and investigating well-established narratives in their work. One of the most enigmatic … Continue reading Christmas in Art: The Enigma of Botticelli’s Mystic Nativity
I decided to start a series of posts that introduce my favorite international contemporary artists, from Damien Hirst to Ai Wei Wei and Anselm Kiefer. This first post in the series introduces one of my all-time favorites, the unforgettable Yayoi Kusama who transformed the way I see patterns in cityscapes and landscapes forever. Bright, unapologetic, … Continue reading Yayoi Kusama The Queen of Dots and Pumpkins
Did you know that a Faberge egg worth $33 million was discovered in a flea market in the US a couple of years ago, where a scrap metal dealer purchased it for $500? Or that beyond their world-famous decorative eggs, the House of Faberge also makes trinkets, picture frames, doorbells, jewelry, and clocks? Ever wondered … Continue reading The Secrets of the House of Faberge
Christmas as we know and love it today didn't exist until the 19th century. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's beloved husband, imported a number of Christmas traditions to England from Germany when he decorated the first Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1841. This tradition spread like wildfire among the Brits, who then brought it to … Continue reading The History of Christmas in 7 Artworks
Have you ever wondered how art experts know if a 17th-century painting from the Netherlands is by Rembrandt or not? Well, actually, they don’t! There are many million-dollar paintings in distinguished art collections around the world who once thought to be created by Old Masters and their authorship is now being disputed – for example, … Continue reading How Do Experts Authenticate Old Master Paintings?
In March 1990, robbers stole 19 invaluable works of art worth $500 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston - including a legendary Vermeer - and disappeared forever. Thirty years on, art lovers are still guessing as to what happened to those artworks, and the FBI is offering a whopping $10 million for … Continue reading The Largest Art Property Theft in History?
The second episode of my vlog series Revisiting Favorite Artists examines the main ingredients that made John Singer Sargent a successful artist. As a commercially savvy, market aware painter and socialite, his entrepreneurial skills and ability to adapt remind me of Rembrandt, and make him a natural choice that builds on my first episode in … Continue reading John Singer Sargent – an Artist, a Socialite, and … an Entrepreneur?
As everything is changing in the world around us, it is important for me that my content is as engaging as possible, and therefore I decided to launch a series of video blogs to make it easier for you to receive my posts on-the-go, irrespective of where you are. I hope that this first video … Continue reading Introducing Anders Zorn
Last month we visited Hong Kong, where we had a chance to enjoy a classical Chinese music concert, attended the annual Cantonese opera festival, and explored a painting exhibition that introduced us to the art of Lo Ching Yuan. Hong Kong can be translated as “the fragrant harbor”, and is a fascinating, very vibrant city … Continue reading Exploring Art in Hong Kong