The Famous Art Frauds – Part 2

This is the second of our blogs to investigate into the world of art fraud, and uncover some of the perpetrators that the art world has ever seen. In recent times the problem of forged art has been a major concern, some experts say as much as 50% of all the art on the worldwide […]

The Famous Art Frauds – Part 1

Forging art is as old as art itself, and the term Art Forgery is described by Wikipedia as: The creation and selling of art which are falsely credited to other, usually more famous artists. Modern day authentication is much better now than it used to be which tends to make this sort of crime less […]

Surreal Art & The Artists – Part 1

Before 1920, Surreal art had not even been thought of and really it was more of a cultural movement than an artistic one. It also did not just cover paintings, literature was also a part of the movement. At first this movement was shocking, the art produced was unnerving as strange creatures started to appear […]

The Importance of The Monuments Men

The Importance of The Monuments Men

Does history respect the significance of what the Allies did near the end of World War 2, with the task set to recover the stolen works of art which was stolen by the Nazis? For those historians who have studied and researched modern history then the answer to the original question will be obvious to […]

The Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

What makes a painting truly great? And why do some paintings carry such an exorbitant price than others? One answer is that all items are priced based on the principle of supply and demand, and rare art is just that, it is rare and only one of its kind exists in the whole world. Coupled […]

What Are Figurative Arts?

“Figurative art describes any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world and particularly to the human figure”, that is the description given by the Tate to describe our subject. Figurative Arts is a term that has been applied to a genre of art since the arrival of abstract art. Before […]

The Old Masters of Art

What does the term Old Master actually mean in terms of art? “In Fine Art, the term Old Master traditionally refers to great European painters practicing during the period roughly 1300-1830”, this definition was given by the Visual Arts Cork. It is a rather woolly phrase, but it suffices to describe our subject matter. The […]

The Great Italian Painters

Some of the greatest painters of all time have hailed from Italy. Italy has been thoroughly blessed with culture and art, it’s great cities Rome, Florence, Venice, Genoa were the epicentre of art in Europe especially during the Renaissance period. So, it is hardly surprising that some of the greatest painters on the planet have […]

The Great Sculptors

Some say sculptors are the most gifted of all artists, after all their work is three dimensional and not just two as with traditional painters. It is far harder to get a nuance of a subject with a hammer and chisel than it is with a brush stroke. However, this is not the debate for […]

The Finest Sculptures of the World

Sculpture was one of the very first arts to be practiced and according to the dictionary sculpture is,  “the art of making two- or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms, especially by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster.” The art of sculpture may not have the fame of painting or the popularity […]