Leonetto Cappiello and His Vibrant Caricatures

The Artist: Who Was Leonetto Cappiello? In the Italian resort town of Livorno, the “poster master” was born. His talents were revealed early in life: at the age of eleven he created two oil portraits as well as copied versions of famous works such as Raphael’s Transfiguration. 1 His hunger for the arts evolved into a…

Eye Miniatures by Fatima Ronquillo

See this work on the “Learn About Art” page The Artist: Who is Fatima Ronquillo? Born in the Philippines in 1976, Fatima Ronquillo is a self-taught contemporary artist whose work evokes memories of childhood fairy tales. When she was eleven years old, she and her family immigrated to San Antonio, Texas. She now works out…

Maria Cristina de Borbon Dos Sicilias by Vicente Lopéz, 1830

See this work on the “Learn About Art” page.     The Artist: Who Was Vicente López? Born in Valencia, Spain in 1772, Vicente López made a name for himself as one of the best portrait artists of the 18th century. At the tender age of thirteen, Vicente began his formal training  in painting under the tutelage…

Who’s That Girl? Édouard Manet’s Bar Maid and Parisian Prostitution

*this post contains nudity* Édouard Manet was a French painter and notable figure in the transition from realism to impressionism. He is, perhaps, best known for his last major work entitled “A Bar at the Folies Bergère,” which was completed in 1882. The painting is beset with deep blue hues and a forlorn female subject…