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Famous Painters: Diego Velazquez

Inarguably, Diego Velazquez is one of the most famous painters in the entirety of Western art history. He lived and worked during the Golden Age of Spanish painting, and he ruled it. The history of Spanish painting is the simple lineage...Show More Summary

Famous Paintings: Garden of Earthly Delights

Garden of Earthly Delights is a series of superlatives: the best-known work of Hieronymous Bosch (ca. 1450-1516), one of the most famous paintings in Western art history, and one of the most influential, inspirational works for Surrealist...Show More Summary

Famous Paintings: Smoke of Ambergris

Smoke of Ambergris is a rarity in John Singer Sargent paintings - it is his take on Orientalist art. The Orient, encompassing present-day Greece, Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East, had captivated Western artists for centuries....Show More Summary

20 Louvre Paintings Not to Miss

With 9.2 million visitors in 2013, the Louvre was the most frequently visited art museum in the world. Although the Louvre collection consists of some 38,000 objects from prehistory through the 19th century, visitors primarily come to see the renowned collection of Louvre paintings in this 100 acre (40 hectare) art museum. Paolo Uccello. Show More Summary

Another Vermeer Painting?

Art historians have generally agreed that there are 36 authenticated Vermeer paintings -- until this week, that is. Researchers from the Rijksmuseum and Vrije Universiteit have announced a new attribution to Johann Vermeer (1632-1675). Attributed to Johann Vermeer. Show More Summary

Famous Paintings: The Fighting Temeraire

Many of the most famous paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) were created during the years Britain and Napoleonic France were battling. Turner paintings can be broadly divided into two groups: realistic, topographical...Show More Summary

Famous Painters: Max Beckmann

Max Beckmann (1884-1950), Rembrandt (1606-1669) and Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), are three famous painters known for creating numerous self-portraits over their entire lifetimes. Over the course of Beckmann's, he painted forty self-portraits,...Show More Summary

Audubon Prints at the New York Historical Society

The New York Historical Society show, Audubon's Aviary: Parts Unknown, showcases a breathtaking display of Audubon prints. If you've ever had the slightest interest in birds or the work of John James Audubon (1785-1851), this show will stoke it. The New York Historical Society functioned until 1870 as both an art and a natural history museum. Show More Summary

Modern Art in Nazi Germany

Shortly after Adolf Hitler came to power as chancellor in 1933, he commissioned construction of a Munich museum to exhibit what he considered ideal artwork. Its debut exhibition in July 1937 was titled the "Great Germany Art Exhibition"...Show More Summary

Famous Painters: Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin (1888-1946), now one of the most renowned African American artists, began painting as physical therapy to recover from an arm injury sustained in World World I. This self-taught artist kept an illustrated journal of his war time experiences that would later inform his artwork. Horace Pippin. Show More Summary

Famous Painters: Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca (ca. 1420-1492) is in a legion of famous painters who were lost to art history for centuries -- in his case, for over four. The works of Piero, along with artists including Sandro Botticelli (1446-1510) and JanShow More Summary

The Value of Learning Art History

Anyone involved with art history or art has, I suspect, fretted that emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) often comes at the expense of the arts. Further, the instantaneous availability of information has left...Show More Summary

Velazquez Paintings: Pope Innocent X

One of the most highly regarded Velazquez paintings, Pope Innocent X is the signature work in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, a private art collection of 650 works by famous painters including Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael and Velazquez. This comparatively little known museum is a jewel. Diego Velazquez. Show More Summary

Caravaggio Paintings at the Villa Borghese

Among the most famous artwork in Rome's Villa Borghese are Caravaggio paintings that span the career of this brilliant but volatile painter. And each one of them has fascinating art history behind it. Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio...Show More Summary

Art Shows: The Armory Show at 100

There's a reason art history considers the 1913 "International Exhibition of Modern Art", or "Armory Show", one of the most significant art exhibitions ever held. The period between 1890 and 1914, known now as the era of "Modernism",...Show More Summary

Edvard Munch: The Scream

The Scream by Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is one of the most famous paintings in Western art history -- and perhaps the most powerful Expressionist painting ever made. It certainly is the most readily recognized. Edvard Munch spent his childhood in Oslo, the second of five children born to a prominent Norwegian family. Show More Summary

Dutch Painters at the Frick

An exhibition showcasing Dutch painters, titled Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, opens at the Frick on October 22. Although this show is a scaled-down version of Girl With a Pearl Earring:...Show More Summary

Famous Painters: Francisco de Goya

Of all the famous painters whose artwork graces the Prado Museum, none is more extensively represented than Franciso de Goya (1746-1828). With nearly 150 Goya paintings, 500 hundred drawings, and his series of engravings, the Prado holds...Show More Summary

Famous Painters: Juan Sanchez Cotan

It's remarkable that one of the most famous painters of the Spanish Golden Age has only six existing works after shaping Spanish still life painting for nearly a century. Introducing Juan Sanchez Cotan. Near the end of the 16 th century, still life painting emerged as a specific genre at nearly the same time in Spain, the Juan Sanchez Cotan. Show More Summary

Vincent van Gogh Paintings 1888-1890

As we discussed in exploring earlier Vincent van Gogh paintings, van Gogh invited Gauguin to visit in Arles, France, and the two artists painted and discussed art for nine weeks starting in September, 1888. Tensions between the two rose,...Show More Summary

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