Super Mario, Homer’s Odyssey, and the Meaning of Marriage
December 15, 2017
Nintendo's Mario and Homer's Odysseus have more in common than you might think.
What’s in a Love Potion?
February 13, 2019
Besides the infamous Number Nine, that is.
Cottagecore Debuted 2,300 Years Ago
November 11, 2020
Keeping cozy in a countryside escape, through the ages.
These Gravity-Defying Sculptures Provoked Accusations of Demonic Possession
May 9, 2019
Demons and artists, it seems, pull from the same bag of tricks. They take ordinary matter and transform it into something more wondrous, more terrifying.
The New Meaning of Monuments
November 17, 2018
Huge monuments to national pride are regaining popularity. One scholar suggests this might also indicate a larger cultural shift.
Why Are Cities Filled with Metal Men on Horseback?
September 16, 2019
The original inspiration for the now-ubiquitous equestrian statue, a classical bronze of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, was almost melted down and lost forever.
Mary Shelley’s Obsession with the Cemetery
October 3, 2018
The author of Frankenstein always saw love and death as connected. She visited the cemetery to commune with her dead mother. And with her lover.
How to Memorialize Motherhood
May 7, 2018
Every statue tells a story, often long forgotten. San Francisco's Pioneer Mother Monument in Golden Gate Park was greeted with disappointed by the woman who originated it.
The Talking Statues of Rome
June 18, 2018
Since the 16th century, anonymous authors have been posting provocative political messages on or near these Roman statues.
The Man Whose Face Got Stuck Like That
November 7, 2019
No one could have predicted Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’s turn to the bizarre.
The Fall of Adam, Reversed
November 26, 2014
The 15th century marble statue of Adam, by Venetian sculptor Tullio Lombardo has been restored by the Metropolitan Museum.
Fake Stone and the Georgian Ladies Who Made It
June 26, 2020
Coade stone was all the rage in late eighteenth-century architecture, and a mother-and-daughter team was behind it all.
Wait, Why Are the Parthenon Marbles in London?
December 3, 2019
Lord Elgin went beyond his original mandate, amassing a vast store of treasures, one scholar notes.
The Decadent Art of Butter Sculpture
May 19, 2017
Butter sculpture is a fixture of American state fairs. The practice of using food as a medium for art dates back centuries.