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Art of History
Art of History
Amanda Matta

Episodes from history, viewed through great works of art. No pre-reqs required! New episodes every month. Hosted by Amanda Matta, art historian... more

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Art Bite: King Charles' New Royal Portrait

The internet has been ablaze with hot takes on King Charles III's brand-new royal portrait by British artist Jonathan Yeo.... more

17 May 2024 · 16 minutes
Portrait of a Woman: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (with Bridget Quinn)

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749–1803) rose from shopkeeper’s daughter to an official portraitist of the French royal court—only to have her achievements... more

02 May 2024 · 52 minutes
Double Agent: Chevalier d'Éon

The Chevalier d'Éon (1728–1810) is known as a transgender icon, living the first half of their life as a man,... more

04 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Aina: The Forgotten Princess

How did the daughter of an African ruler become goddaughter to Queen Victoria? A young black girl named Aina, later... more

07 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Death of Lady Jane

With the tragic demise of Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554) serving as inspiration for countless works of art, it was hard... more

01 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
The Other Side: Women Artists and the Spirit World

Amanda is joined on the podcast for this special episode by Jennifer Higgie, author of The Other Side: A Story... more

04 Jan 2024 · 54 minutes
Unheard Melodies: Hildegard von Bingen

At age 42, a nun named Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) decided to heed the command—which she believed came from God—to... more

28 Dec 2023 · 56 minutes
Joséphine: More than a Queen

It may have been easy for Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763-1814) to scoff at the “extraordinary destiny” once promised to her... more

30 Nov 2023 · 1 hour,
Art History Horror Story: The Nightmare

Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) was the man behind one of art history’s most famous spooky paintings: ‘The Nightmare.’ But... more

31 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Eighth Wonder, Vanished: The Amber Room

Last seen in 1945, the Amber Room is the world’s most valuable missing piece of art, valued as highly as... more

28 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
Art of History
Art Bite: King Charles' New Royal Portrait
Art of History