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Botticelli’s Annunciation: And the Angel Said…

Visiting heavenly angels always have important messages to deliver! The question is, are you ready to receive it?   I may not be an angel, but I’ve got an interesting story to tell you about Botticelli’s Annunciation. Ready? Okay, let’s begin. 

Reopening (the Secrets) of the Vasari Corridor

Does your home have a cool passageway connecting you across town? Probably not, but the Medici family had the Vasari Corridor built across Florence making for a quick, private trip between their home and work. Cool right?!   Okay, I admit, it’s not like you’re pulling a… Read More

Perseus with the Head of Medusa: A Triumphant Statue

What’s not interesting about a statue depicting a Greek hero triumphantly holding the severed head of a creature that turns people into stone statues!? (My how the tables have turned….)    Antonio Canova had the right idea when he did exactly that! Let’s look… Read More

Manet’s Olympia & The Shock to Society

If you like someone who challenges tradition and a good scandal, I’d direct you to Édouard Manet who contributed to the modernist art movement despite backlash. Let’s start by looking at one of his more controversial works. 

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!?

Retelling Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus

I’d like to introduce you to Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus! This painting imagines the very beginning of our favorite love goddess.

Corona Borealis Constellation

Written in the Stars: Titian’s Tale of Bacchus and Ariadne

What do you know of Bacchus and Ariadne’s love-struck tale? Lucky for us, Titian, an Italian artist, sets (or paints) the scene!

10 Things To Do In Leicester Square

From great dining, shopping, and theatres, Leicester Square has something for everyone! Let’s discover just what you can do during your visit.

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).

IS THAT A SKULL?!: Hans Holbein & The Ambassadors

In his commemoration of two friends, Hans Holbein’s painting, The Ambassadors, has a message to tell us about religion, life, and mortality.

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!