When we examine the subject, foreground, and background of an image separately, the nuances of the scene emerge.
The men and women who tracked down looted art after WWII didn’t just go after stuff stolen by the Nazis. They also searched for treasures stolen by the Japanese. Sort of.
While some viewed photography as a competitor for their customers, Dutch portrait painters reaped the benefits of the emerging medium.
The designer’s impulse to convey his two selves to the public stemmed from a desire to be seen as genuine artist working in a world of artifice.
Developing visual literacy skills unlocks a means of understanding and engaging with the world that cannot be replaced by any text.
A Spanish princess who became a German queen, Margarita Teresa lived a life structured by Catholicism and cut short by consanguinity.
A deeply ingrained interest in stolen objects and their recovery reflects our collective uncertainty over how we value art.
Marginalized in early histories of Modernist literature, Hastings left a mark on one of the most influential literary magazines of the early twentieth century.
California citrus growers drew on mass-printing techniques and advances in color lithography to create distinctive brands for their boxes.
One of the few women permitted to wear trousers during the Third Republic, the French artist developed a sense of self through her clothing choices.