Julio Romero de Torres – Mystical and Profane Love (1908)

Part of the reason why art can often be so intimidating is the constant name-dropping and the unrelenting attempts to place each and every artwork within a given temporal, spatial and cultural framework. People should be able to enjoy art without thinking of the movement it belongs to, the various influences exerted over the artist…

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…

Édouard Manet – Olympia (1863)

Through his revolutionary approach to painting he disrupted the art scene and contributed to the birth of modern art. Édouard Manet (1832 – 1883) was a French painter that broke away from the academic style of painting by showing contemporaneous scenes with ordinary people instead of rendering historical or mythological paintings. His flat style achieved…