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Exposing the History of Underwear

There’s a pants party and you’re invited; the V&A’s much-anticipated exhibition Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear will be revealing all to the public from the 16th April. It will examine the practicalities of various underwear models from the 18th century to the present day and their sexual appeal in fashion, […]

DGC884489 Close-up of Annie Howard's chest, c.1898 (cabinet photo) by Eisenmann, Charles (1855 - 1927); Private Collection; ( Annie Howard was at tattooed lady who exhibited with her husband Frank Howard in Barnum & Bailey's show in the early 1900s. They told the usual story of being captured by "savages" who forcibly tattooed them. In reality, many of Annie Howard's tattoos were done by her husband. Frank and Annie had a daughter together named Ivy, who became a snake charmer when she was 8. In 1887, the family moved to London with Barnum and Bailey's show. ); Prismatic Pictures ; American,  it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories
Art, Culture

Top Ten Tats: A History of Body-Art

Here is a run down of badass tattoo images, featuring a disproportionate amount of hunky sailors and bare butts.  In broadly chronological order: 10. The Siberian Ice Maiden  Lived during the 5th century BC, and was buried with horses, meat, yogurt and a massive headdress. She has a supercool stag-like tattoo on her shoulder. […]

Charles Laughton as Bottom in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream, 1958 / Photo © Brian Seed / Bridgeman Images
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Top Art Exhibitions: April 2016

  From Shakespeare to The Rolling Stones, discover the top blockbuster museum and art exhibitions opening across Europe this Spring: SERPENTI Form Palazzo Braschi, Rome Until 10 Apr 2016 Snake necklace, 1844 (gold with pave-set diamonds, garnets and turquoises), English School / Cameo Corner, London, UK / Bridgeman Images An […]

Art, Culture, History

Shakespeare in Art

‘Beginning in the middle, starting thence away. To what may be digested in a play.’ * In 2016 the world is commemorating 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. For centuries artists have reinterpreted and brought to life the acts, characters and scenes in Shakespeare’s plays, reaching zenith proportions during […]

XJL187563 Descent from the Cross, 1435 (oil on panel) (detail of St. John, the Virgin Mary and Christ) (see also 187570) by Weyden, Rogier van der (1399-1464); Prado, Madrid, Spain; Netherlandish,  out of copyright
Art, Culture

Celebrate Easter: Painting The Passion

Explore the true meaning of Easter shining forth in generations of art  For centuries, artists have depicted the events surrounding Jesus’s crucifixion. Full of emotion and symbolism, these scenes are reminders of the power of artistic expression. Though the earliest paintings of the Crucifixion date from the 5th century, The […]