Diego Velázquez – The Spinners (1655 – 1660)

Once upon a time being a spinster wasn’t such a big deal. If anything, it was a nod of approval to one’s skill, for it meant being a young, unmarried woman, talented in the art of weaving and spinning. As time passed by, that meaning morphed into something else entirely, denouncing the marital status of…

David Ligare – Man with Crow (2015)

If you ever dreamt of being a Greek hero/ine and sail the seas like Odysseus, overcome impossible tasks like Hercules or be a skilled, renowned warrior like Atalanta, then David Ligare’s paintings will go straight to your heart. With his love for Classicism, this contemporary American artist is bringing Ancient Greece back to life in…

M.C. Escher – Relativity (1953)

Fascinated with science and mathematics, Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher tested the perception of reality in his highly elaborate lithographs, woodcuts and mezzotints. Although associated with Surrealism due to the fantastical imagery he depicted, the Dutchman never saw himself as belonging to any movement and approached his art with the rigor of a scientist and…