A New History of Art

Artists who Died Young

Why do great artists die young?

It's a nearly mythological phenomenon. A young creative genius takes the world by storm. Their artwork, music, poetry—it's raw. Unfiltered. The strength of their message, their confusion, energy, love and pain jump into our hearts. Then they overdose, die of illness, or take their own life. Read More


Still life of Birds

Orsola Maddalena Caccia, 1630

This delicate, small-scale still life of birds includes a Marsh Tit, known as a Coal Tit, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Blue Tits, Goldrcest, Lapwing, known as a Crested Tit, and a Great Tit; also incudes Common Redpoll, snails and a Primula. Read More

Random Draw

The Awakening Conscience

William Holman Hunt, 1853

Inspired by a verse in Proverbs: 'As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart' - this work drips with symbols meant to be 'read' to tell a story. In typical didtactic fashion, William Holman Hunt builds a scene around a kept woman, a mistress, who is interrupted in mid-tryst by a spiritual revelation. Read More

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