Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shallot

Elaine, the white lady of Shallot’s island, portrayed by John William Waterhouse is locked in a tower where she is only able to see the world...

Guest Profile 10 November 2019

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Masterpiece Story: The First Cloud by Sir William Orchardson

At first glance, Sir William Orchardson’s The First Cloud is a late Victorian domestic scene that appears to be tranquil, refined, and placid.

James W Singer 3 November 2019

Masterpiece Stories

An Ode to Autumn with John Everett Millais

Autumn weather can be unpredictable. Some days the earth looks cut out of crystal; the sky is a milky blue, and the sunlight is sparkling and golden.

Hannah Demaine 2 November 2019

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Masterpiece Story: Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1656) was the most accomplished female painter of the Italian Baroque. She specialized in Biblical scenes of...

James W Singer 13 October 2019

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Masterpiece Story: The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was the most prolific French painter of the 18th century. He created over 550 paintings embodying the spirit of...

James W Singer 29 September 2019

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Painting of the Week: Stanley Spencer, View from Cookham Bridge

Stanley Spencer described the village of Cookham, as a ‘village in heaven’. In his unique paintings Spencer often intertwined Cookham with his...

Hannah Demaine 22 September 2019

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Masterpiece Story: Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera by Jean-Antoine Watteau

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 – 1721) was the most influential French painter of the 18th century. His painting Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera...

James W Singer 15 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