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Episodes from history, viewed through great works of art. No pre-reqs required! New episodes every month. Hosted by Amanda Matta, art historian and TikTok's favorite royal commentator.

Art of History Amanda Matta

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    • 4.8 • 275 Ratings

Episodes from history, viewed through great works of art. No pre-reqs required! New episodes every month. Hosted by Amanda Matta, art historian and TikTok's favorite royal commentator.

    Art Bite: King Charles' New Royal Portrait

    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. Does it depict a strong, capable monarch? Or one who is overshadowed by the chaotic state of his institution and modern world?
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    • 16 min
    Portrait of a Woman: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (with Bridget Quinn)

    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 reduced to ash by the Revolution. While she defied societal barriers to build a remarkable artistic career, Adélaïde's legacy was long overshadowed by celebrated portraitist and memoirist Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun.
    Today, we’re joined by Bridget Quinn, author of the first (!!) full biography of the trailblazing artist: Portrait of a Woman: Art, Rivalry, and Revolution in the Life of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard. Quinn offers a fascinating new perspective on the layers of Adélaïde’s life—and her work. We discuss her life, her feminism, her sexuality, and her alleged “feud” with Vigée-Lebrun.
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    • 52 min
    Double Agent: Chevalier d'Éon

    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, and the second as a woman. Theirs is also a life that is remarkably documented in contemporary artwork. But how much can we conclusively determine about how the Chevalier viewed themselves from their portraits?
    Today's Image(s): Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, The Fencing-Match between the Chevalier de Saint-George and the Chevalier d'Éon (c. 1787-9). Oil on canvas. Royal Collection Trust.
    And: Thomas Stewart, Chevalier d'Éon, after Jean-Laurent Mosnier (1792). National Portrait Gallery.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Aina: The Forgotten Princess

    Aina: The Forgotten Princess

    How did the daughter of an African ruler become goddaughter to Queen Victoria? A young black girl named Aina, later called Sarah Forbes Bonetta (1843–1880), began life in West Africa. But she would grow up to become a popular member of Victorian royal circles.
    Today's Image: Hannah Uzor, Aina, Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies (2020). Acrylic & fabric on canvas, 120x80 cm. Osborne House, United Kingdom.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Death of Lady Jane

    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 to select just one to focus our attention on. But I did it, and in this episode, we dive into the short life of England’s Nine Days Queen.
    Today's Image: Paul Delaroche, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey (1833). Oil on Canvas. National Gallery, London.
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Other Side: Women Artists and the Spirit World

    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 of Women in Art and the Spirit World. 
    Uncover the role that spiritualism has played in art, particularly since the dawn of modernism, and delve into the biographies of some trailblazing female artists who were all influenced by the occult.
    The first major work of art history to focus on women artists and their engagement with the spirit world, The Other Side is so much more than a retelling of art history. It is an exploration of the ways that the otherworldly has shaped mankind’s (and womankind’s) creative expression.
    The Other Side by Jennifer Higgie is available right now, from Pegasus Books.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
275 Ratings

275 Ratings

Hairbikini ,

Art History Degree Put to Good Use!

Love, Love, Love. Made me wish I had looked at the Primavera longer instead of being put off by the crowds. Was there to see Artemisia’s work on that trip anyways. Ooooo do Judith Slaying Holefernese (I know that isn’t spelt correctly, sorry).

Cassie Neal ,

Great pacing…

This isn’t my normal podcast material but it’s really grown on me. A great break from my typical listening choices. Thanks Amanda!

fusilli regiano ,

A solid and thoughtful art history podcast

I love podcasts that have a vision. This one is always a feast for the ears and gives so much food for thought. The episodes are written beautifully and the insights provided about the featured artworks are always informative. Always looking forward to new episodes!

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