An Introduction to Woodblock Printing
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An Introduction to Woodblock Printing

Woodblock printing is a medium that has been used for centuries to create art, signage, and prints. As the name suggests, it involves carving an image or pattern into a block of wood, which is then inked and used to print onto paper or fabric. Whether you're interested in creating your own woodblock prints or want to learn more about this fascinating medium, read on for a brief history!
Fascinating Secrets of Water Dwelling Creatures
Electric Catfish

Fascinating Secrets of Water Dwelling Creatures

Oceans and waterways are mysterious places, filled with all sorts of interesting creatures. Today, we'll talk about five fascinating species who live under water: The Picked Dogfish, the Porcupinefish, the Electric Catfish and the Octopus. We've also selected some beautiful illustrations from our pictorial archive, Sea-Life & Monsters of the Deep, to capture your imagination!
How Did Fighters in the Middle Ages Armour Themselves?
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How Did Fighters in the Middle Ages Armour Themselves?

Have you ever wondered how the armour worn by soldiers and knights in the middle ages protected them? Many people will be familiar with the sight of a knight dressed in a full suit of shining armour, but how exactly did armour work? This article will examine different types of protective wear used in medieval times alongside magnificent illustrations from our pictorial archive, Brutal Weapons and Armour; An Image Archive For Artists and Designers. Read on to find out more!
Greek Mythology in Art: Scenes That Have Inspired Artists (Part III)
Ancient Greece

Greek Mythology in Art: Scenes That Have Inspired Artists (Part III)

Greek mythology is a great place to start if you're looking for incredible, timeless stories to inspire you. There are so many fascinating tales from this ancient culture, and we've selected some of our favourites for you here. This blog post will share the story of Odysseus and the sirens, explain who the Moirai were, and discover how Perseus saved Andromeda from a gruesome end. We've also included some beautiful illustrations from our pictorial archive, Greek and Roman Mythology: An Image Archive for Artists and Designers, which will help bring these stories to life - read on and enjoy!
Uncovering the Fascinating Role of Plague Doctors
Bubonic Plague

Uncovering the Fascinating Role of Plague Doctors

In 16th and 17th century Europe, a figure encased in strange garments emerged from the shadows of plague-ridden cities. Clad in an unnerving bird-like beak mask and gloves, these mysterious men were known as Plague Doctors. Their backgrounds varied; some candidates had genuinely trained as doctors, but others, like one ex-fruit seller, were a little more unusual. Their job took them to the epicentre of plague outbreaks during one of Europe's darkest periods in history.
The Significance Behind Beautiful Illustrations from Angels and Cherubs: An Image Archive For Artists and Designers
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The Significance Behind Beautiful Illustrations from Angels and Cherubs: An Image Archive For Artists and Designers

Angels have been a source of inspiration for artists and designers for centuries. These heavenly creatures feature in beautiful artwork, from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and stained glass windows. Our latest release, Angels & Cherubs: An Image Archive for Artists and Designers, includes 159 beautiful, lifelike images of angels and cherubs in various poses and scenarios. This blog post will tell the story behind some of the illustrations.
Berthe Hoola Van Nooten: Discover Her Stunning Botanical Illustrations
Berthe Hoola Van Nooten

Berthe Hoola Van Nooten: Discover Her Stunning Botanical Illustrations

Berthe Hoola Van Nooten was a Dutch artist and illustrator best known for her botanical artwork. Her detailed illustrations of flowers and plants were widely sought after by collectors and art lovers. Hoola Van Nooten's work is characterised by its precise attention to detail and soft and delicate colour palette. She is most well known for her illustrated collection, Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l'Ile de Java, a set of 40 stunning illustrations depicting the botanical species in the Indonesian island of Java. Let's take a closer look at the life and work of this remarkable artist.
The Curious Tale of the 1911 Theft of the Mona Lisa
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The Curious Tale of the 1911 Theft of the Mona Lisa

Art historians, scholars and inquisitive audiences have speculated on the secrets hidden in Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. We've even discussed them on our blog! Today we're going to discuss another mystery that involves this painting, the tale of the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa and how it disappeared for two years, and how its reappearance made it one of the most famous paintings in the world. 
How Artists Use Flowers To Convey Meaning
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How Artists Use Flowers To Convey Meaning

Flowers have inspired artists throughout history; from ancient Roman frescoes to Monet's water lilies, many of the world's most revered artists have decorated their works with colourful blooms. The botanical world has an endless variety of flowers – each with unique colour schemes, shapes and sizes that make them incredibly versatile subject matter for any artist. They are captivating symbols of life and beauty, and some flowers have additional symbolic meanings.