Painting of the Week
Painting of the Week: Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring
Painting of the Week: Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Self Portrait in a Straw HatMarch 8, 2020
Why is art history predominantly focused on male artists? Are there not enough female artists to fill textbooks? Of course there are enough, but this sexism has a long legacy and it continues even today. March is Women’s...
Painting of the Week: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Landscape with the Fall of IcarusMarch 1, 2020
A ploughman is plowing the lands, a shepherd is watching over his sheep, an angler is fishing. The ships are sailing to unknown lands, a partridge is sitting on the branch of a tree, the sun is going...
Painting of the Week: Pierre-Jacques Volaire, Eruption of Mount VesuviusFebruary 23, 2020
The ground shakes and rumbles as the nearby mountain awakens. Smoke emerges from its peaks and the volcano stirs from its slumber. The land trembles more and a fiery blast shoots into the air as lava spews from...
Painting of the Week – Kehinde Wiley, Officer of the HussarsFebruary 16, 2020
February is Black History Month in the United States (in the UK it is in October) so let’s celebrate with the Officer of the Hussars by Kehinde Wiley. Wiley is a Nigerian artist, based in New York, with...
Painting of the Week: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Roses of HeliogabalusFebruary 9, 2020
Lust, Gluttony, and Sloth. Three of the Seven Deadly Sins are depicted in Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s The Roses of Heliogabalus. Many other sins are depicted alongside these cardinal vices making this an extremely wicked painting. While the late...
Painting of the Week: Agnolo Bronzino, An Allegory with Venus and CupidFebruary 2, 2020
This week’s painting, An allegory with Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino from the National Gallery in London, is one of the more mysterious masterworks of Mannerism. It also beautifully presents many of Mannerism traits: elongated bodies, elegant...
Painting of the Week: Jean-Baptiste Chardin, The Monkey PainterJanuary 26, 2020
It’s tacky! It’s funny! It’s weird! Yes, Jean-Baptiste Chardin’s The Monkey Painter is definitely not what you would consider in good taste. It definitely has the appeal you would find in a funny greeting card, or maybe in...
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