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15 Great Photo Spots in London

If you’re visiting London, there’s so much to see (and do)! But where can you find great photo spots in London that will look amazing on Instagram and be a cool memory to look back on? I’ve chosen some unique places for you to visit so… Read More

Meddling with Memling’s Portinari Portrait

Today we’ll focus on the marvelous Hans Memling. This Netherlandish fellow became active in 1465 in Bruges where he was an artistic sensation! He created many altarpieces and portraits for wealthy patrons. Memling’s Portinari portrait is one such notable work. Alongside discussing wealth, status, and religion, I’ll unveil the paintings missing piece,… Read More

Mannerism and Masks: Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man

Bronzino, a mannerist artist, delighted in creating witty paintings with hidden, complex meanings. Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man contains many clues alluding to the young man’s identity, you just have to look closely! So, hone your inner Sherlock Holmes and let’s unmask… Read More

Death, Burials, & Funerary Vases: The Ancient Greek Way

Do you know how the Ancient Greeks dealt with death? Start by looking back to the Geometric period where there’s Hades’ Underworld, elaborate burial rituals, and detailed ancient Greek funerary vases like the terracotta krater! 

Rembrandt: The Selfie King

Rembrandt is the equivalent of a modern-day selfie connoisseur! As a great 17th century self-portrait artist, Rembrandt’s many artistic ‘selfies’ explore his identity throughout his lifetime. Let’s look behind the camera (or painting for that matter) to find out just why Rembrandt earned the prestigious title of a Selfie King and, while we’re… Read More

Visiting Museums With Kids: Our Top Tips

What better place to visit for cool ancient objects and their stories than a museum!? But, wow, can they be overwhelming! Don’t panic…we want you and your kids to enjoy your museum visit so we have complied some great tips for visiting museums with kids!  

When Love Conquers War: Botticelli’s Venus and Mars

Botticelli’s Venus and Mars has a lot to tell us about love, marriage, and classical works (there’s even some humor)! What’s not to love!?

Shot in the Heart: Decoding Bronzino’s Allegory

Gods, goddesses and creatures, oh my! Bronzino took advantage of such mystical figures to create an intellectually pleasing (and eye-catching!) allegorical painting. Let’s decode the many interlocking secrets hidden throughout An Allegory with Venus and Cupid (1545).

The Man in the Mirror: Jan van Eyck & The Arnolfini Portrait

Oil, light, marriage, wealth, religion, and a mystery man in a mirror. What can we make of this? Who is Jan van Eyck? Read on to find out!

Digging Up Dirt: Sutton Hoo & Netflix

Why would anyone want to bury a ship? This question is asked in the Netflix original movie “The Dig” which explores the 1939 Great Ship Burial excavation at Sutton Hoo. Read on to find out about the true story behind the movie!

Paolo Uccello: Festivities, Battles, & New Perspectives

Who is Paolo Uccello? What is he known for? What can we learn from his work? Let’s find out!

Keeping Up With Faustina the Younger: A Tale of Love Affairs, Executions, & Rumors

Rumors flew around the Roman Empire that Faustina the Younger had committed adultery multiple times – the most memorably with a gladiator. Though probably false and created by Faustina’s biggest enemies, the rumors are a lasting piece of Faustina’s legacy.