Many strange sayings commonly used in English include the names of people. just who where these characters?
So how to decide what are the top ten fine art posters? You could base it on price paid for a particular piece of fine artwork, but that is only an indication of one person’s disposable income and not really a...
Over the millennia humans have been producing some marvellous land art. Strange marks in the landscape that leave us with both clues and mysteries as to the way they thought, worshipped and celebrated. Since the...
In music alongside love and rejection, one of the greatest topics up for lyrical discussions are cars. They are mentioned as vehicles to freedom, likened to both men and women, as well as forming the cause of heartbreak...
The story behind some of the car industry's most famous car logos and badges. Featuring such automobiles as Abarth, BMW, Audio and Buick.
The central province of the Italian peninsula, Umbria has so much to offer in the way of excellent museums, exhibitions and galleries. Just about every village and town has a Pinacoteca Comunale, Museo or Galleria for...
Tourists to Wales are often confused by the pronunciation and meaning of place names. Welsh place names are a rich and detailed description of the landscape and what is was used for in times past. This article explains...
Self-taught American Surrealist artist, Joseph Cornell produced endearing and captivating mini-worlds in his series of assemblage boxes, using found objects from junk shops and street corners.
They were the WAGS of their day, the supermodels and catwalk queens of the nineteenth century. These demure, elegant women with their tumbling hair, elegant necks and doe eyes defined the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's...
Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian Impressionist painter who lived in avant garde Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. He lived a lively, drunken, drug comatosed existence but produced some of the most vivid and...
A tour around the living time capsule that is Pompeii, Italy is an unmissable experience. From the humanity of the body casts, to the splendour of the villas, temples and baths it represents a unique holiday experience.
Jacopo da Ponte, a Mannerist artist from the Renaissance period, born in 1510, Bassano del Grappa just north of Venice, became famous for his use of light and shade and the includsion of animals and every day objects...
Think of great Victorian explorers and Darwin or Livingston spring to mind. Not a little middle-aged, old lady with a set of paint brushes and an easel in the heart of the Brazillian jungle. Well that was Marianne North...
In the 18th century it was common for the young gentlemen of Europe to travel around the continent improving their education, social skills and contacts by visiting the cultural centres of the age.
Born Joannes Hoch in 1889, Gotha in Germany, Hoch went on to become a leading female artists within the Dadaist movement, inventing Photomontage as an artform and defying social convention in 1920's - 30's Germany.
Dada, an art movement created out of the fighting of the First World War, the begining of the Counter culture and anti-art movements.
The Renaissance, the age of Enlightenment, remembered for its famous painters and sculptors. The period from 1400 to 1650 is populated with a whole host of famous men but there were also a group of talented female...
The story behind the lyrics to OMD's classic 1980's song Enola Gay.
One of the most accomplished artists of her age, heavily influenced by Caravaggio and a great exponent of the early Baroque style. Artemisia Gentileschi was born in 1593 in Rome, the daughter of the artist Orazio...
Sofonisba Anguissola, 1532 - 1625 was one of the leading female artists of the Renaissance period, her success made it acceptable for women of that time to became practicing artists.
History of the iconic Volkeswagon Camper Van. The recreational vehicle that made the 60's, gave the Surf Dudes a tour bus and made Little Miss Sunshine that much more fun.
Born Gwendolen Mary John, 1876 , Gwen John rose to be one of the leading female painters of her generation. Living an unconventional lifestyle, she produced some stunningly sensitive works.
The story of the making of paint during the Renaissance period and how the various ingredients that were skillfully mixed together to form the gorgeous pigments in their frescoes.
Parading at the Palio della Balestra in Sansepolcro The quite, peaceful and rural slopes of the Upper Tiber Valley, in the shadows of the Appenine Mountains are home to a number of unusual festas throughout the year....