Konstantin Makovsky – The Kissing Ceremony (1895)

No one knows exactly how kissing came about, whether it was instinctive or learned behavior, yet its influence is hard to overstate. From greetings to displays of affection, signing papers (seal with a kiss) and marriage pronouncements, New Year’s celebrations and religious traditions, kissing has been part of many cultures for the longest time. And…

Francisco Goya – A Bad Night (1797 – 1799)

After a mysterious illness led to the loss of his hearing in 1792, Francisco Goya’s art became darker and more anchored in the grim realities of everyday life. It took the Spaniard a few years to fully return to etching and painting, time during which he started experimenting with different styles. It was during those…