Art Stories April 2023

Explore stories behind art including pets in paintings, the most viewed photo ever, and home renovations.

Pets in art

Painting of a woman with red hair holding a cat
Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of a Noblewoman, ca. 1580; Oil on canvas, 45 1/4 x 35 1/4 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Curious about the presence of a dog, cat, guinea pig, or rabbit in a painting? Not only do they make interesting companions, but in certain contexts their appearance also conveys a deeper meaning.

Most viewed photo ever

Photo of a woman standing in front of an audience pointing to a Vermeer painting
‘Bliss’ by Chuck O’Rear. Credit: Microsoft Windows XP

Chuck O’Rear, photographer and creator of the world’s “most viewed photo ever,” discusses the story behind the image. This brief article talks about capturing the photo and how it became Microsoft’s Windows XP desktop image.

Renovation led to frescoes discovery

Photo of a woman sitting in a art gallery looking a three large paintings
Luke Budworth with the original 17th-century wall painting he discovered hidden behind paneling in his York home, and the life-size reproduction produced by Historic England. Photo courtesy of Luke Budworth.

Imagine starting a home renovation project and then discovering 17th-century frescoes! A couple in York, England was recently surprised during their kitchen renovation.

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