History of decorative arts
The decorative arts are arts or crafts concerned with the design and manufacture of beautiful objects that are also functional. It includes interior design, but not usually architecture. The decorati...
The Art Deco Glamour of Shanghai
Widely known for its futuristic skyline, Shanghai is also home to one of the world’s richest collections of Art Deco buildings. Among them are the Grand Theatre and the Paramount. Step inside and...
Real life watercolor art
It brings a whole new meaning to "catching a wave."
BBC Beautiful Thing A Passion for Porcelain
Documentary in which Ros Savill, former director and curator at the Wallace Collection, tells the story of some incredible and misunderstood objects - the opulent, intricate, gold-crested and often mu...
What does the Trump/Putin kiss really mean?
A mural showing Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in a tight clinch has gone viral this week. Kelly Grovier looks at what it says about their relationship.
Oriental Rug Motifs and Design Glossary - Jessie's Oriental Rugs
A glossary of Oriental rug and Persian rug motifs, designs and more. Learn more about Oriental rug designs, motifs and more.
Alphonse Mucha - 27 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy
Find the latest shows, biography, and artworks for sale by Alphonse Mucha. Alphonse Mucha is synonymous with Art Nouveau, a style of fine art, decorative art, and architecture that broke with the...
The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Cabinet
One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711--1793) and David Roentgen's (1743--1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned ...
Unbelievable work!
Quartetto Rococo
Quartetto Rococo was composed for string quartet by Michelle Diehl. The music is set to paintings from the rococo era. © 2009 Michelle Diehl.
These Russian Murals & Paintings Will Make You Smile
When walking around a heavy populated city, it's no surprise to see street art. In Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Russian street artist Rustam Obic
10 Most Expensive Carpets in the World
The rug or carpet of a room contributes a significant portion of a value of a home. For your enjoyment, here are the top 10 most expensive carpets ever sold
Art Masterpieces Timeline
Illustrated timeline of important paintings and famous artists.
The First Paintings Of 14 Famous Artists
Before they hit the Louvre, they were just like us. Okay, except they painted brilliant works of art.
Otis Art History 26 - Neo-Classicism
From the Caves to Romanticism, take a journey through centuries of art and learn about the role of art in culture and the place of the artist in society. Thi...
Victorian decorative arts
Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a grand excess of ornament. The Victorian era is know...
Victorian decorative arts - Wikipedia
Rococo (/rəˈkoʊkoʊ/ or /roʊkəˈkoʊ/), less commonly roccoco, or "Late Baroque", is an 18th-century artistic movement and style, affecting many aspects of the arts including painting, sculpture, archite...
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Empire style
The Empire style, [ɑ̃.piːʁ],the second phase of Romanticism, is an early-19th-century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts that flourished between 180...
Empire style - Wikipedia
The Biedermeier period refers to an era in Central Europe during which the middle-class grew and arts appealed to common sensibilities in the historical period between 1815, the year of the Congress o...
Biedermeier - Wikipedia
Neoclassicism (from Greek νέος nèos and κλασσικός klassikòs classicus) is the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that draw ...
Neoclassicism - Wikipedia
Neo-Grec is a term referring to late manifestations of Neoclassicism, early Neo-Renaissance now called the Greek Revival style, which was popularized in architecture, the decorative arts, and in pain...
Neo-Grec - Wikipedia
Arts and Crafts movement
The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that flourished in Europe and North America between 1880 and 1910, emerging in Japan in the 1920s. Its artist...
Arts and Crafts movement - Wikipedia
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau ([aʁ nuvo], Anglicised to /ˈɑːrt nuːˈvoʊ/; at. Sezession, cz Secese, eng. Modern Style, germ. Jugendstil, sk. Secesia) or Jugendstil is an international philosophy and style of art, archit...
Art Deco
Art Deco (/ˌɑrt ˈdɛkoʊ/), or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France after World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s befor...
Art Deco - Wikipedia
 Staatliches Bauhaus , commonly known simply as Bauhaus, was an art school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicised and...
Bauhaus - Wikipedia
Antique furniture
An Antique furniture is a collectible interior furnishing of considerable age. Often its age, rarity, condition, utility, or other unique features makes a piece of furniture desirable as a collectors'...
Antique furniture - Wikipedia
Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating materials, generally including clay in the form of kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400 °C (2,200 and 2,600 °F). The toug...
Porcelain - Wikipedia
Persian carpet
The Persian carpet or Persian rug (Middle Persian: bōb, Persian: فرش‎ farsh, meaning "to spread"; sometimes قالی qālī) is an essential part of Persian art and culture. Carpet-weaving is undo...
Persian carpet - Wikipedia
Tapestry is a form of textile art, traditionally woven on a vertical loom. However, it can also be woven on a floor loom. It is composed of two sets of interlaced threads, those running parallel to ...
Tapestry - Wikipedia