Judith Leyster signed her paintings with a unique symbol: her initials interwoven with a lodestar. This visual translation of her last name means "guiding light" in Dutch. But for 200 years after her death Leyster's light was blacked out in the art world. Until the late 1870s her work was attributed
Giotto di Bondone, whom art historians designate the first painter of the Italian Renaissance, was apparently discovered while sketching sheep. A well-known Florentine artist looked over the boy's shoulder and was impressed by what he saw -- so impressed that he persuaded Giotto's father to let the l
Chila Kumari Burman was raised by East Indians who emigrated to the impoverished Bootle district of Liverpool in the '50s. She was taught early and young to look for identity between the cracks of culture.
Burman uses memorabilia from her past -- shards of humor, pain, and the unexplained -- to
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the aesthetic and intellectual world of England belonged to the Bloomsbury group. By now its members are household names: Bertrand Russell, Clive Bell, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf. Their writings alone speak volumes about the Bloomsbury pench