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  • Painting Of The Week – Rembrandt van Rijn, Flora

    By April 22, 2018

    Rembrandt painted his beloved wife Saskia van Uylenburgh as Flora, goddess of spring and flowers, three times: in 1634, 1635 (Saskia as Flora, National Gallery of London, UK) and 1641 (Saskia with a red flower, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden,...

  • Women’s Place Is In The Kitchen: The Story of Dutch Genre Painting

    By January 11, 2018

    One of the unquestionable masters of Dutch genre painting was Jan Vermeer. However, today I want to present two less known painters: Peter de Hooch and Jan Steen. Ready for some Dutch interiors? Genre? Genre painting was not...

  • Three 16th-Century Dutchmen You Should Know

    By December 29, 2017

    How many painters from the Netherlands do you know? Rembrandt, Bosch, Vermeer… But have you heard of Joachim Patinir, Jan Gossaer, or Maerten van Heemskerck? If not, have a read to find out whether they can be considered among the Netherlandish Old...

  • Was Nicolas Poussin A Barouqe Artist?

    By November 16, 2017

    Nicolas Poussin is often considered a representative of French Baroque, as he worked in the first half of the 1600s. Yet, his paintings are so different from Rubens‘… Can we still call Poussin a Barouqe artist, or should...

  • Annibale Carracci: The Inventor of Baroque Painting?

    By September 27, 2017

    When did Mannierism give way to a new style? Was it with Caravaggio‘s dramatic lighting, or Rubens‘s opulence? Can we distinguish a moment in history, or an artist with whom the new era of painting began? I think that...

  • Caravaggisti: Fans, Epigons, Masters?

    By September 20, 2017

    Caravaggio made an impact on painting already in his times. Probably because he behaved in defiance of all norms of the Church which was his biggest patron and commissioner. What a character he was… We could crown him a...

  • Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

    By September 10, 2017

    This is a typical Vermeer – an ideal woman in an ideal home. In fact, everything around is ideal. Balanced shapes and colors (mainly the primaries) enhance the harmonious mood. The basin and water pitcher are recognized as traditional symbols...

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