Van Gogh’s decade

The Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was one the most famous artists of all time. Unfortunately for him, most of his fame came about after his death.

How the Mona Lisa became famous

Before August of 1911, the Mona Lisa was a relatively unknown painting. Painted in 1507 it was mostly known to art world insiders.

Where tattoos come from

French Polynesia has a long history of tattooing. Tahitians trace the art of tattooing all the way back to Tohu, the god who designed and colored the fishes of the sea. The art of tattooing was brought to Europe by explorers in the mid 1700’s. From there it began its quick ascent into popularity and taboo. We are not responsible …

Benin Bronzes

The Benin Kingdom in modern day Nigeria was founded in 1180 and continued to exist until 1897. During the 1500s and 1700s, Benin produced  its greatest artwork such as the best Benin Bronzes, which are sculptures made of different materials (not only bronze).