Category Painting

a work by Degas

Was Edgar Degas a Misogynist or not?

There are several stages in understanding Degas’ oeuvre. At first, you think he was a connoisseur of delicate beauty (otherwise why did he constantly paint ballerinas?)  Then you find different reproductions of his pictures, scrutinize them, and wonder: his ballerinas…

Putti

The Very Same Sistine Madonna

The two pudgy angels — at the end of December, we see them everywhere: on calendars and organizers, on wrapping paper and greeting cards. These bonny infants are so serious! They don’t look like children enjoying the Christmas bustle… Let’s…

War in Two Masterpieces

In many popular movies, battles are the most gripping scenes. We admire mighty heroes killing several enemies with one blow. We enjoy the heat of combat, the thrill of victory… Here are a piece of music and a painting, both…