Category Archives: European Art

I Love Cats. I Love Every Kind of Cat (in Art).

It was never a question of if I would write about cats in art, but when. Whelp, it looks like the time has come. Animal symbolism is all over the place in art. Felines pop up everywhere from Ancient Egyptian … Continue reading

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A Call to (Better) Arms

I must talk about video games again, and I’ll have you know that while researching this post, I passed up an article called “Art and Death in the Middle Ages.” The sacrifices I make! Last week an article titled “Fantasy Armor … Continue reading

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A Different Sort of Goth

The Dark Ages get the shaft of history and art history pretty often. Of course, it’s not a rare specialty, but over the centuries it has been derided. One of the first major art historians, Giorgio Vasari, had almost nothing … Continue reading

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Happy (?) Veterans Day, Have Some Historical Analysis

From a historian’s perspective, the creative output of the twentieth century’s major conflicts exhibits some interesting trends. The art made during and in response to war seems to mimic our self-view, and how that perception can interact with war itself: … Continue reading

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When Art Surveys the Damage

The sun may have set on the British Empire, but recently artists have lit it back up. It’s not the most flattering light, either. Previously on TSAH for WIB, I wrote about how time cannot only heal the wounds of … Continue reading

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Pretzel Logic

Job Adriaenszoon Berckheyde, “The Baker” A few days ago a friend joked about being in an “art historical pretzel,” i.e. she was writing in circles. It dissolved into jokes about pretzels in art…you had to be there I guess. But it … Continue reading

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War to be Proud of?

I’d wager a guess that if I asked you to name what comes to mind with “war art,” you would either offer up works highlighting the horrors of war (The 3rd of May, 1808, Guernica, The Massacre at Chios) or … Continue reading

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