What Art Speaks Is All About
Art Speaks is the Epoch Times’ global art exploration project. Here we explore works of art created before 1900 from all parts of the world—Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania—and in all mediums whether they be decorative or fine.
The goal of Art Speaks is to serve as a forum to diversify the public’s artistic appreciation and for writers and readers to gain from each other more pathways to explore traditional art.
Anyone who has insight to share is welcome to participate. To pitch an idea, first submit a photograph of the artwork you wish to write about via this form. If approved, an editor will contact you to begin the writing process.
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Dancing Faun of Pompeii: Removed From Habitat, Out of Context
The destructive power of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 effectively ended civic life in Pompeii and its surroundings. However, the rain of... Read more
The Art of a Beautiful Friendship: George Washington Portrait at the Battle of Princeton
One spring morning I visited Princeton, N.J. I drove down Mercer, crossed Nassau Street, and headed toward the Princeton Museum of Art. I wanted to... Read more
Art Speaks: John Everett Millais’s ‘The Blind Girl’
Every life on this planet is interconnected to and dependent upon one another. “The Blind Girl” by John Everett Millais illustrates, with a firm grasp,... Read more
A Comparison of Two Madonna Paintings by Bouguereau
Although William Bouguereau (1825–1905), painted the Madonna and Child several times throughout his career, there are two versions that draw an interesting comparison to one... Read more
Yet Another Lost da Vinci?
Yet another lost da Vinci artwork may be awaiting discovery somewhere in Europe. In recent weeks a portrait, of Isabella d’Este, has been discovered in... Read more
Rato Machhendranath; Medium: Religious Complexity on Cloth
Throughout much of Asia—and over the course of several centuries—the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley have been held in the highest regard for their artistic... Read more
Edmund Blair Leighton: A Painter Costumers Love
Like Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edmund Blair Leighton (English, 1852–1922) paid tremendous attention to detail in his work. Leighton had an extensive collection of original 18th... Read more
William Bouguereau: Despite Poverty, A Calling
The expression in this girl’s eyes seem way too intense. She gives such a studious effort to the little figures in her drawing. Here’s a... Read more
‘The Thinker’ of Hamangia: A Modern Statue of the Neolithic
When we mention “The Thinker,” many of us will probably think of the marvel of Rodin. It was casted just 100 years ago, in 1904,... Read more
The Master Carver for Congo Royalty
West African caryatid stools are prestige items designed as the “seat” of the soul of a new King of the Luba tribe in the Buli... Read more
Ideal Brides: Romance and Anxiety in Italy
Deruta bella donna plates, c. 1500-1550, with their vivid gold coloring and serene female figures, are easy to detect in museum collections. So detectable are... Read more
The Ship of Fools by Hieronymous Bosch
The Ship of Fools is amongst the Louvre’s most delicate and piercingly luminous images, its motley crew stitched together with inspired invention and impeccable craft... Read more
The Most Ancient Alms Dish?
Alms dishes are decorative metal bowls passed among the congregation during church services to collect offerings. Some, quite ancient, are still in use in many... Read more
St. George Slaying the Dragon in Prague
There’s always something special in the air every time we get across a statue of St. George slaying the dragon. Its compositions are some of... Read more
Hans Holbein’s Method of Working (+Video)
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543) was the greatest (although not the highest paid) portrait painter at the court of King Henry VIII. He first moved... Read more
Ingres: The Master Draftsman
As Napoleon Bonaparte was tromping around Europe, warring as he went, he had collected a sizeable amount of paintings from his reluctantly yielding neighbors to... Read more
Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’
“The Night Watch” by Rembrandt has been leaving viewers speechless since 1642, though it’s gotten darker over the centuries. At over 149 inches by 178... Read more
Bronze Gui from Early Western Zhou Period China
Supported by a tall ring foot, the deep and upright body of this gui, a form of ritual vessel, rises to a flared mouth. Two... Read more
Sculpture of Saint Elzéar: Taking It on the Cheek
This small marble sculpture of a beautiful young man is a piece I visit almost every time I go to the Metropolitan Museum. I love... Read more
The Vatican Laocoön Group: Death and Rebirth
When visiting the reorganized Vatican Museum in Rome, tourists now pass through the galleries of antique art on their pilgrimage to see the Sistine ceiling. ... Read more