A New History of Art

Highlighting Black Artists

The United States is currently swept by demonstrations in protest of our country's long-standing institutional oppression and violent racism towards African Americans. The murder of George Floyd by white police officers triggered a call for justice for Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin and the hundreds more Black Americans killed by police every year. Read More


Claude Cahun

“Under this mask, another mask”

“Masculine? Feminine? It depends on the situation. Neuter is the only gender that always suits me.”Claude Cahun claimed their own name at age 24, dropping Lucie Renee Mathilde Schwob in favor of the intentionally gender-neutral Claude. Independance was natural for Claude, whose mother was institutionalized when they were four years old, and who changed schools after dealing with anti-Semitism at their provincial high school in Nantes. Read More

Random Draw

The Annunciation

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1850

Dante Gabriel Rossetti painted Ecce Ancilla Domini! - his interpretation of the Annunciation, in 1850, when he was 22 years old. His sister Christina Rossetti posed for Mary but Dante altered her hair colour: in this instance making it auburn to match the red palette. Dante's brother William Rossetti posed for Gabriel.Rossetti deliberately used a limited colour range for this oil painting. Read More

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