Saturday, February 11, 2017

Maestro delle Storie del Pane - Husband and Wife of the Gozzadini Family c.1495


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This portrait and its pendant represent a husband and wife of the Gozzadini family of Bologna; the family's coat of arms appears prominently in both paintings. The inscribed architectural frieze in the background, which runs across both panels, attests to the commemorative function of the portraits: Probably made to celebrate a betrothal or marriage, the portraits contain numerous allusions to love and matrimony, such as the spray of flowers, known as pinks, held by the male sitter, and the fruit (perhaps a quince) held by his wife. The pelican and phoenix at lower left of the male portrait refer respectively to charity and resurrection - Christian virtues here associated with the sacrament of marriage. In the lower right corner of the female portrait are two rabbits and a girl confronting a unicorn, the former connoting fecundity and the latter chastity.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Pieter BRUEGHEL THE ELDER Massacre of the Innocents 1565-67

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Pieter Brueghel ou Bruegel dit l'Ancien (1525-1569) est un peintre et graveur brabançon. Avec Jan van Eyck, Jérôme Bosch et Pierre Paul Rubens, il est considéré comme l'une des quatre grandes figures de l'École flamande, et l'une des principales de l'École d'Anvers.

Pieter Bruegel (also Brueghel) the Elder (1525-1569) was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker from Brabant, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes (so called genre painting); he was a pioneer in both types of subject.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pieter BRUEGHEL THE YOUNGER The Tax-collector's Office c.1615

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Pieter Brueghel le Jeune dit aussi Brueghel d'Enfer ou encore Pieter Brueghel (1564-1638) est un peintre brabançon de la Renaissance. Fils de Pieter Brueghel l'Ancien et frère de Jan Brueghel l'Ancien, il était surnommé « Brueghel d’Enfer » à cause d’un de ses thèmes favoris : les incendies. 

Pieter Brueghel the Younger or Pieter Bruegel the Younger (1564-1638) was a Flemish painter, known for numerous copies after his father Pieter Bruegel the Elder's work as well as his original compositions. The large output of his studio, which produced for the local and export market, contributed to the international spread of his father's imagery.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charles Frederick LOWCOCK Evensong 1895

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Charles Frederick Lowcock (1878-1922) est un peintre britannique.

Charles Frederick Lowcock (1878-1922) was a British painter.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Leonardo DA VINCI (?) Isleworth Mona Lisa

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The Isleworth Mona Lisa is a painting of the same subject as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The painting is claimed by some to be partly an original work of Leonardo dating from the early 16th century.

La Mona Lisa d’Isleworth ou Mona Lisa antérieure , est un tableau attribué à Léonard de Vinci, réalisé au XVe ou au xvie siècle, qui représente un buste de femme ayant une très forte ressemblance avec la célèbre Joconde exposée au musée du Louvre à Paris. Ce tableau est souvent présenté comme une Mona Lisa antérieure.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Philip Hermogenes CALDERON Summer Berries 1883

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Philip Hermogenes Calderon (1833-1898) est un peintre britannique né en France.

Philip Hermogenes Calderon (1833-1898) was an English painter of French birth (mother) and Spanish (father) ancestry who initially worked in the Pre-Raphaelite style before moving towards historical genre. He was Keeper of the Royal Academy in London.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Christiano CRUZ Self-Portrait 1916

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Cristiano Cruz (1892-1951) est un peintre portuguais.

Cristiano Cruz (1892-1951) was a portugese painter.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

John Riley WILMER Piccarda 1919

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John Riley Wilmer (1883-1941) was the son of a Falmouth chemist and studied at Falmouth School of Art and with Charles Napier Hemy. He was also advised by Henry Scott Tuke and specialised in historical, religious and theatrical subjects, which he exhibited at the Royal Academy. Wilmer seems to have lived his life based at Falmouth and is buried in Falmouth cemetery. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Marie SPARTALI STILLMAN Kelmscott Manor Feeding Doves in Kitchen Yard 1904

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Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, plus tard Stillman (1844-1927), est une peintre britannique d'ascendance grecque appartenant au préraphaélisme. Elle est probablement l'une des plus importantes artistes femmes de ce courant. Pendant une carrière de soixante ans, elle a produit plus de 100 œuvres, contribuant régulièrement aux expositions au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis.

Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, later Stillman (1844-1927), was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter of Greek descent, arguably the greatest female artist of that movement. During a sixty-year career, she produced over one hundred works, contributing regularly to exhibitions in Great Britain and the United States.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Marie SPARTALI STILLMAN How the Virgin Came to Brother Conrad of Offida and Laid her Son in his Arms 1892

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Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, plus tard Stillman (1844-1927), est une peintre britannique d'ascendance grecque appartenant au préraphaélisme. Elle est probablement l'une des plus importantes artistes femmes de ce courant. Pendant une carrière de soixante ans, elle a produit plus de 100 œuvres, contribuant régulièrement aux expositions au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis.

Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, later Stillman (1844-1927), was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter of Greek descent, arguably the greatest female artist of that movement. During a sixty-year career, she produced over one hundred works, contributing regularly to exhibitions in Great Britain and the United States.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Marie SPARTALI STILLMAN A Wreath of Roses 1880

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Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, plus tard Stillman (1844-1927), est une peintre britannique d'ascendance grecque appartenant au préraphaélisme. Elle est probablement l'une des plus importantes artistes femmes de ce courant. Pendant une carrière de soixante ans, elle a produit plus de 100 œuvres, contribuant régulièrement aux expositions au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis.

Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, later Stillman (1844-1927), was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter of Greek descent, arguably the greatest female artist of that movement. During a sixty-year career, she produced over one hundred works, contributing regularly to exhibitions in Great Britain and the United States.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Jan PROVOOST Allegory of Christianity

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Jean Provost, Jan Provost ou Jan Provoost (vers 1465-1529) était un peintre hainuyer.

Jan Provoost, or Jean Provost, or Jan Provost (1462/65-1529) was a Belgian painter born in Wallonië. He was one of the most famous Netherlandish painters of his generation.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Max RIMBOCK Christmas Interior

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Max Rimböck (1890 -1956) est un peintre allemand.

Max Rimböck (1890 -1956) was a German painter.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Lucas CRANACH Portrait of a Woman 1526

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Lucas Maler, dit Lucas Cranach l’Ancien, né le 4 octobre 1472 à Kronach et mort le 16 octobre 1553 à Weimar, est un peintre et graveur de la Renaissance allemande. Son patronyme dérive de celui de sa ville natale. Il est le père de Lucas Cranach le Jeune (1515 - 1586).

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 - 1553) was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Evelyn DE MORGAN The Gilded Cage 1919

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Evelyn De Morgan (née Evelyn Pickering le 30 août 1855 – morte à Londres en 1919) est une peintre préraphaélite anglaise.

Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) was an English painter whose works were influenced by the style of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. She was a follower of Pre-Raphaelist Burne-Jones. Her paintings exhibit spirituality; use of mythological, biblical, and literary themes; the role of women; light and darkness as metaphors; life and death; and allegories of war.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Arthur HACKER The Annunciation 1892

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Arthur Hacker (1858-1919) was an English classicist painter. He was born in London, the son of Edward Hacker, the line engraver. He went to the RA Schools before studying in Paris under Leon Bonnat, who was internationally famous as a portrait painter and a lifelong friend of Degas. Bonnat was the ideal teacher for Hacker who became a fashionable portrait painter himself.

His early work consisted of genre and historical scenes, such as The Waters of Babylon and The Annunciation which was brought by the Chantrey Bequest in 1892. As an indirect result of the success of this painting he was elected an associate of the RA and soon after began teaching at the Academy, when he partially abandoned subject painting in favour of portraiture, in which he achieved considerable success. 

He was elected an Academician in 1910 and began to paint a series of London street scenes, including A Wet Night in Piccadilly Circus, which met with mixed reception from the critics who were not prepared for a painting of this nature, which was far more modern in its treatment that anything else Hacker had produced. 

In his later years he returned to painting mythological and allegorical subjects. He died on Wednesday, 12 November 1919 in London, where he had resided all his life, and was buried at Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Bernard VAN ORLEY Portrait of a Young Man 1520

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Bernard van Orley, Barend van Orley, Bernaert van Orley ou encore Barend van Brussel est un peintre de la Renaissance né à Bruxelles vers 1488 et mort à Bruxelles le 6 janvier 1541. Peintre de sujets religieux et de portraits, auteur de cartons de tapisseries et de vitraux, il fait partie des peintres qui dans le nord de l'Europe de l'ouest marqueront le passage du gothique à la renaissance.

Bernard van Orley (between 1487 and 1491 – 6 January 1541), also called Barend or Barent van Orley, Bernaert van Orley or Barend van Brussel, was a leading artist in Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, though he was at least as active as a leading designer of Brussels tapestry and, at the end of his life, stained glass. Although he never visited Italy, he belongs to the group of Italianizing Flemish painters called the Romanists, who were influenced by Italian Renaissance painting, in his case especially by Raphael.