Christ in the House of His Parents, John Everett Millais
Millais’s painting Christ in the House of His Parents was met with extreme criticism when first exhibited because of its realistic depiction of a carpentry workshop, with dirt and detritus on the floor. This was in dramatic contrast to the familiar portrayal of Jesus, his family, and his apostles in costumes reminiscent of Roman togas. Charles Dickens penned a bitter and sardonic review, excerpted below: read more
The Nude in Art
Getting out the skin
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Body, language
Contrapposto, Themes in Art
Death in Art
Life's only guarantee
Memento Mori, vanitas, mortality. Death is one of the most pervasive themes in art history. While many artworks celebrate afterlives in heaven or hell, death is most often referenced as a grim reminder of numbered days, and a powerful motivator to live well while you can. Every culture has rituals surrounding death, appearing in artwork as icons and colors. read more
Death in Art, Themes in Art

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