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Painting of the Week: François Boucher, Madame de Pompadour

François Boucher (1703 – 1770) was the most celebrated French painter of the 18th century. His painting Madame de Pompadour captures the beautiful...

James W Singer 1 September 2019

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Painting of the Week: Djanira da Motta e Silva, Três Orixás

Djanira pictured a very unusual Holy Trinity made of three deities from the Afrobrazilian Pantheon. They are accompanied by musicians playing drums...

Alicja Gluszek 25 August 2019

Medieval Art

“Angel with Attitude”. Grumpy Angel from The Hyde Collection

Angel is a painting by Niccolò di Ser Sozzo, c. 1350, owned by The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. This is an unusual depiction of an angel with...

Alexandra Kiely 17 August 2019

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Painting of the Week: David Hockney, A Bigger Splash

David Hockney is one of Britain's most well known and influential artists. His iconic style is instantly recognisable. As you hunch over your work,...

Candy Bedworth 4 August 2019

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Painting of the Week: Giovanni Battista Moroni, The Tailor

The Tailor is one of Giovanni Battista Moroni’s most famous portraits. Not only is it an astonishing work of art, but the sitter himself is quite...

Joanna Kaszubowska 28 July 2019

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Painting of the Week: Nicolas Maes, Young Woman Peeling Apples

Today's Painting of the Week is Young Woman Peeling Apples by Nicolas Maes (1634-1693). Maes was a Dutch Golden Age painter who specialized in...

Alexandra Kiely 21 July 2019

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Painting of the Week: Miguel Covarrubias, The Mexican Street Scene

An ordinary, rather empty street in the Mexican countryside. Two people. In the center, a woman with closed eyes, covered by a blue shawl. Pensive.

Alicja Gluszek 14 July 2019

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Painting of the Week: José María Velasco Gómez, The Metlac Ravine

José María Velasco Gómez, The Metlac Ravine, 1893, oil on canvas, 104 cm x 160.5 cm, Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico, source: Wikimedia...

Alicja Gluszek 7 July 2019

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Painting of the Week: Joaquín Sorolla, Capturing the Moment

The Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla spent most of his summers with his family in French Biarritz, 35 kilometres from the border with...

Zuzanna Stańska 30 June 2019

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Painting of the Week: Eduardo Paolozzi, I was a Rich Man’s Plaything

Eduardo Paolozzi's 1947 collage I was a Rich Man's Plaything, which can be seen in the Tate Modern in London, was one of the first works of Pop Art...

Chris Dobson 16 June 2019

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Painting of the Week: Masaccio, The Tribute Money

There are many artists and paintings which I return to over and over again. Artists like Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Vermeer, van Eyck, Cassatt,...

Rachel Witte 9 June 2019

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Painting of the Week: Paula Modersohn Becker, Reclining Mother and Child II

Does any image say primal love more than this powerful painting by Paula Modersohn Becker? As we head into International Children’s Day, it seems...

Candy Bedworth 2 June 2019