Month: December 2019

Rembrandt: Portrait of Margaretha de Geer

Portrait of Margaretha de Geer: Rembrandt

This 1661 portrait of Margaretha de Geer is one of a pair painted by Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. The other is of Jacob Trip, Margaretha’s wealthy industrialist husband, with interests in manufacturing and goods trading from Dordrecht in the Western Netherlands. In contrast to the painting of the husband, this portrait shows his sitter …

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Sandro Botticelli: Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate

Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate: Sandro Botticelli

Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli painted Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate around 1500, late in his career at age 55. It depicts the Virgin Mary and her infant son Jesus Christ. Christ holds in his right hand a pomegranate, a symbol of resurrection or rebirth. The painting, originally thought to be a copy by a …

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Diego Velazquez: La Infanta Margarita

Infanta Margareta Teresa in a White and Silver Dress: Diego Velazquez

Infanta Margareta Teresa in a White and Silver Dress is a portrait by Spanish Baroque artist Diego Velazquez. Analysis of Infanta Margareta Teresa in a White and Silver Dress Infanta Margareta Teresa in a White and Silver Dress is one of five Diego Velazquez royal commissions that depict Margaret Theresa of Spain, the most famous …

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Road at Wargemont

Road at Wargemont: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The road at Wargemont, painted by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1879 keeps with the Impressionist ethic of the division of light into separate and sometimes contrasting effects. Renoir (1841-1919) painted a number of works at Wargemont on the French Normandy coast, bringing a painterly style of expressiveness to this scene which also is faithfully …

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Giovanni Bellini: Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan

Giovanni Bellini: Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan

This is a Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan, a sixteenth-century ruler of republican Venice which was completed in 1501 by Italian renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini. He is presented in ceremonial dress in an official capacity of power – however Loredan does not wear a crown as he is not royalty. His power is indicated by …

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Examination at the Faculty of Medicine

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Examination at the Faculty of Medicine

Examination at the Faculty of Medicine is an unusually somber canvas by the prolific Post-Impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). It was painted in 1901 which was the last year of his life and, due to a long history of various medical complaints, he developed a knowledge of medicine. The examinee wears the sole light note …

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Vincent Van Gogh: Three White Cottages in Saintes-Maries

Vincent Van Gogh: Three White Cottages in Saintes-Maries

Three White Cottages in Saintes-Maries is an 1888 Post-Impressionist painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. Analysis of Three White Cottages in Saintes-Maries Vincent Van Gogh painted Three White Cottages in Saintes-Maries in 1888 during his stay in Arles in the south of France. The heavy and thick paint on the canvas lends the scene …

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Rembrandt: Portrait of Frederick Rihel on Horseback

Portrait of Frederick Rihel on Horseback: Rembrandt

Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn painted this portrait of Frederick Rihel on horseback in 1663, three years after the Civil Guard’s involvement in Prince William of Orange visiting Amsterdam in 1660. This is the only equestrian portrait Rembrandt created and is notable in that the horse is painted in a rather amateurish manner, a far …

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