Día de Los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, is a celebratory festival that remembers and honours friends and family members who have died. It is a national symbol in Mexico, taught in schools and celebrated with public holidays. Día de Los Muertos is an important celebration of Mexican indigenous culture and is listed on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
We'll take a closer look at some well-known paintings and reveal their amazing secrets hidden in plain sight for hundreds of years. Read on to hear music hidden in a 500-year-old picture, speculate on what a medieval UFO may have looked like, and see if you can find the self-portrait hidden inside a painting.
If you're a fan of Greek mythology, you'll know that the stories are full of powerful scenes that have inspired artists for centuries. From tales of love and tragedy to epic battles between gods and mortals, these stories have captured the imaginations of artists from all over the world. In this blog post, we're going to take a look at some of the most iconic scenes from Greek mythology and see how they've been reimagined in art.
Have you ever wondered about the history of Halloween traditions? This blog post will look at Halloween's history and explore some of its origins; Why is it celebrated on October 31st? What makes a carved pumpkin an iconic symbol of Halloween? And why are ghosts associated with this holiday? Read on to find out!
Still life painting is a genre of art that features manufactured and natural inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, vases, bowls and cloth. While the inclusion of inanimate objects may seem simplistic, the placement and composition of these objects can be highly intricate and require great skill on the artist's part. The items included in the work and their order can hold deep symbolic meaning, allowing the viewer to enjoy the painting with a greater understanding of the artist's intention. This blog post will explore several well-known still-life paintings and share some hidden meanings behind the subjects
People in Victorian England respected the significance of mourning and grief; Queen Victoria famously mourned her husband, Prince Albert, for forty years. Victorian funeral customs were fascinating and varied. They offer a glimpse into the lives of people during that period. This blog post will discuss the origin and meaning behind some Victorian mourning and burial practices. What were mourning cards? Why would you need a mortsafe? What is death photography? Why was a bell on a coffin important? Could Victorians communicate with the dead?
Death and Mortality
A vanitas is a type of still life painting that reminds the viewer about the fleeting nature of life through the use of symbolic objects. It illustrates the futility of earthly pleasures, the transient nature of life, and death's certainty.
The Dance of Death, also known as danse macabre, is an allegory describing the universality of death. Many artists have created their interpretation of The Dance of Death; each version comprises a series of separate images featuring a character from the social strata, from a king to a peddler.
A memento mori (Latin for 'remember that you must die') is an artistic or symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death.