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Mermaids and Mythical Creatures in Art and the Queer Community ft. Sacha Coward – Episode 15

In this episode, we speak with self-proclaimed mermaid hunter, Sacha Coward, about the connections between the queer community and mythological creatures. We discuss how some of these connections came about, origins of The Little Mermaid, and where to look for these mythical creatures within art and heritage.


The Simpsons, Art and Capturing 20th C America ft. Todd VanDerWerff – Episode 14

This week, we have a conversation with Todd VanDerWerff, critic at large for Vox and host of the podcast 'I Think You’re Interesting', discussing the iconic series, 'The Simpsons', and how the cartoon has used art as a way to deepen conversations around pop culture and 20th C Americana.


When Beyoncé Goes APES**T ft. Bee Tajudeen – Episode 13

In this special episode, we look at Beyoncé and Jay Z's recently released video for 'APESH**T'. Set in the Louvre and filled with some of the most famous art in the world, the video feels like an ode to the history of art. We discuss the cultural impact of the video and how Beyoncé has been building up to this artistic moment for over a decade.


Art, medieval medicine, and treating the human body ft. Dr Jack Hartnell – Episode 12

How have paintings played a part in medical education? How has our approach to treating illness changed over time? And why are there so many paintings of physicians examining urine? This week’s guest, Dr Jack Hartnell, tells us about why medieval medicine doesn’t deserve its bad rap, the role art played in practising medicine, and how human anatomy was considered so important to artists that it was taught at the Royal Academy of Art.


When artists make cookbooks ft. Cedar Lewisohn – Episode 11

Why did the Futurists want Italians to stop eating pasta? Would you try Henri Toulouse-Lautrec sheep’s feet recipe? On this episode we discuss the relationship between art and food via creative cookbooks by artists and chefs. Discover some famous artists who have dabbled in gastronomy and determine whether you would be brave enough to try their recipes. Cookbooks discussed: 'The Futurists Cookbook' by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti 'The Art of Cuisine' by Henri de-Toulouse-Lautrec and Maurice...


Decoding fashion in paintings ft. Amber Butchart – Episode 10

Have you ever thought much about the politics of fashion? How can paintings help us understand the social context of fashion throughout history? Is the woman in the famous Arnolfini portrait pregnant or does her dress make it appear that way? This week we chat with Amber Butchart, fashion historian and host of BBC’s ‘Stitch in Time’ series, about the hidden meanings we can glean from the fashions in paintings.


Artists' Love for the Colouriest Colours ft. Stuart Semple – Episode 9

Painting and pigments are intimately connected, but have you ever given much thought to artists’ historical relationship with colour? Yves Klein had his blue and Malevich loved black; the Impressionists formed an entire movement around light and colour. On this episode, we speak with artist Stuart Semple (creator of the pinkest pink and blackest black acrylic paints commercially available) about artists’ love of colour and how he went about making his colouriest colour collection.


What to know for the Met Gala 2018 theme of Heavenly Bodies ft. Tabloid Art History – Episode 8

The Met Gala is one of the biggest cultural events of the season, seeing the collision of art, celebrity and fashion. Ahead of the gala, we sit down with the ladies of Tabloid Art History to discuss the history of the event, which celebrities to watch out for, and this year’s theme of ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’. Why is Catholic imagery so inspirational for artists, and how can you decode some of the religious references in fashion and art?...


Hair Trends Throughout Art History ft. Rachael Gibson of @thehairhistorian – Episode 7

Are artists obsessed with redheads? Would your hairstyle be considered sexually suggestive in the past? We chat with Rachael Gibson of the Instagram account @thehairhistorian about hair trends in art history from the Egyptians to present, and decode some of the hidden messaging behind some hairstyles in art.


Synaesthesia in Art ft. James Wannerton – Episode 6

Why can some people taste words? Do you see colours while listening music? What is synaesthesia, and where does it come from? Musicians like Pharrell Williams and Billy Joel have the condition; David Hockney has discussed having sound-colour synaesthesia, and Kandinsky and Van Gogh also experienced this phenomenon. This week we explore the fascinating neurological condition that connects two or more senses and ask how it can impact the way an artist creates.


Art and Tattoos ft. Dr Matt Lodder – Episode 4

In this episode, we look at art that's skin-deep, displayed – not in galleries – but on the human body. Where does the history of tattooing meet the history of art? How have tattooed people been represented in paintings – and in the media? Why have some tattooers resisted the label of 'artist'? How did the fashion for Japanese prints among the Impressionists impact the world of tattooing? And who are the Da Vincis of the tattoo world?


Celebrity Culture and Art History ft. Tabloid Art History – Episode 2

We’re talking to the creators of Tabloid Art History, a Twitter account that joins up the celebrity images of today with paintings from art history, gaining attention from Dazed, Vogue, i-D and Vox. We discuss how Lindsay Lohan gives off Caravaggio vibes; the artistic merit to be found in the Real Housewives of Atlanta; and how Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have used art historical images to promote themselves and their music.