The Sumptuous Wallace Collection, Fragonard and The SwingDecember 9, 2019
The Wallace Collection displays a collection, which came together in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, collected by the first four Marquesses of Hertford. One piece, living in the beautiful collection, is The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. The Rococo...
Painting of the Week: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The SwingSeptember 29, 2019
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was the most prolific French painter of the 18th century. He created over 550 paintings embodying the spirit of the Rococo age. His most famous painting, The Swing, not only captures the humour and sensuality...
Painting of the Week: Jean-Antoine Watteau, Pilgrimage to the Isle of CytheraSeptember 15, 2019
Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 – 1721) was the most influential French painter of the 18th century. His painting Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera captures the frivolity and sensuousness of Rococo painting, but it also captures the stages and...
Painting of the Week: François Boucher, Madame de PompadourSeptember 1, 2019
François Boucher (1703 – 1770) was the most celebrated French painter of the 18th century. His painting Madame de Pompadour captures the beautiful mistress of King Louis XV. She is at the height of her courtly influence, and...
Tiepolo: The Last Venetian MasterJanuary 29, 2018
Mainland Italy is a perfect country for frescoe production since it is dominated by a dry climate which preserves frescoes very well. Venice, however, is too damp for that. Is that a reason why Venetian painters came up with...
The Veiled Christ: Art or Alchemy?January 17, 2018
In the nave of the Sansevero Chapel in Naples is the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino. This is a sculpture of Jesus after his crucifixion, lying on his back, covered with a thin shroud edged with intricate embroidery....
Watteau and the Mysteries of RococoDecember 13, 2017
Who was Watteau, one of the most well-known Rococo painters? There are very few documented facts about his life, which make his life and thus his art all the more mysterious. Are you ready for Watteau and the mysteries...
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