Gustave Courbet (1819–1877) was an outlier of the 19th-century art community. Grew up in the small town of Ornans, Courbet moved to Paris to develop his career. He was known for painting large-scale scenes of everyday life in 19th France.

This story sets Courbet’s 1849 painting The Stonebreakers within its…

Can religion be substantialized into something that we can lay our hands upon? Yes, Gothic cathedrals make this happen. The towering architectures built from the 12th to 16th centuries offered us a tangible experience of religion.

The word “gothic” is derived from “goth” — the name of a barbaric tribe…

The exploration of the interplay between beauty and integrity started when Praxiteles sculpted Venus in the nude.

In the history of art, female nudity has been a favored inspiration since the antiquity. In the 4th BCE, Praxiteles of Athens created The Aphrodite of Knidos, a sculpture of Aphrodite in nudity. The creamy quality of marble substantializes the luscious skin of the goddess. Venus grips the tunic she…

By Yuening Li

If you would like to, please come with me to appreciate the breathtaking sculpture works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680). The sculptor and architect is a gem on the crown of Italian Renaissance. He broke the common perception that the artistic form of sculpture, due to the…

Yuening Li

A sophomore major in Art History at Michigan University Ann Arbor, an amateurish violinist, a lover of nature.

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