Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

The new Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi makes this city in the middle of the desert worth the visit.   It’s an agreement between France and the United Arab Emirates: For 30 years, Abu Dhabi can use the name of the Parisian museum and gets 300 […]

10 Times You Can’t Believe Someone Painted This

10 Times You Can’t Believe Someone Painted This

When I look at the details of paintings, I sometimes really can’t believe someone made it with paint and a brush. I imagine trying to make something like it myself… but no. And then I’m even more amazed by the skills of these painters back […]

DIY stand for (art) books

DIY stand for (art) books

A great way to bring art into your home is by displaying books. This DIY bookstand is easy to make and gives your books an instant spotlight. Have fun! What you need: Wood You can choose any wood you like. I used some leftovers and […]

8 Tips to Fill Your Home with Art (for Free)

8 Tips to Fill Your Home with Art (for Free)

If you are an art lover, you’ll want to decorate your home with it as well. Buying a work of art can be somewhat too expensive, but luckily, there are many ways to bring art to your home many times cheaper, or even for free. […]

The Magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este

The Magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este

The Bible of Borso d’Este is one of the most magnificently decorated books of the Middle Ages. Today, the book is entirely digitalised. How cool is that? Browse through the volumes and zoom in on all the wondrous details. Click here to see the book! Over the […]

Book Design in the Middle Ages

Book Design in the Middle Ages

Designing a book in the Middle Ages was a whole different process than it is today. In fact, a book was a completely different kind of object than it is today. It wasn’t meant for everyday use, to be read once and then to be […]

The female body in prehistoric sculpture

The female body in prehistoric sculpture

Today is International Women’s Day. A nice opportunity to honour the female body in all its forms. Women figures have been a topic of interest in art for hundreds of thousands of years – since art exists actually.  Women were the frequent subject of sculpture […]

China’s Mona Lisa in the China Art Museum in Shanghai

China’s Mona Lisa in the China Art Museum in Shanghai

In the massive China Museum of Art in Shanghai you can see one of China’s greatest works of art, often called the Mona Lisa of China: The Qing Ming Scroll. And no, not the 800 year old, small paper object, but a 30 times bigger, […]

Unicorns are real

Unicorns are real

It’s 1483. A group of pilgrims are on their way to the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai when they spot a unicorn. One of the travellers, a Dutch artist called Erhard Reuwich, made sketches of this encounter, which where printed later in a book […]

Alone with the Jewellery collection of the Rijksmuseum

Alone with the Jewellery collection of the Rijksmuseum

When you’re in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, you will no doubt go and see the Golden Age paintings. But once in a while, it can be very nice to skip the highlights and most of all, the crowds.   Why not treat yourself with a visit […]