Karl Ferdinand Sohn - Torquato Tasso and the Two Leonores (by Art & Vintage)
CIBOT François Édouard 1834 Les amours des anges (by PoissArt)
Palettes and Techniques of the Old Masters: Leonardo da Vinci A look at the colours the Old Master Leonardo da Vinci used in his paintings. By Marion Boddy-Evans, About.com Guide
Nicolas de Largillière
Nicolas de Largillière was was born in Paris. A failed attempt at business led him to the studio of Goubeau. However, Largillière left at the age of eighteen to seek his fortune in England, where he was befriended and employed by Lely, for four years at Windsor. The fury aroused by the Rye House Plot against Roman Catholics alarmed Largillière. He left for Paris where he was well received by Le Brun and Van der Meulen. His reputation was soon established. Largillière’s brilliant colour and lively touch attracted celebrities of his day—actresses, public men and popular preachers flocked to his studio. He became a member of the Academy in 1686 and ultimately its Director. His principal rival was Rigaud, but Largillière specialized in portraits of the wealthy middle classes, leaving the aristocrats to Rigaud. By the late 1680s, Largillière had established his reputation among the bourgeoisie. He produced 1,200 to 1,500 portraits in his lifetime, gradually becoming less formal and more relaxed in describing pose and costume. He also painted group portraits to commemorate solemn occasions, landscapes, still lifes, and religious works.
Portrait of Maria Feodorovna, born Princess Dagmar of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, later styled Princess Dagmar of Denmark, was Empress consort of Russia as spouse of Emperor Alexander III.
Lucas Cranach d.Ä.: Venus & Amor
St Petersburg, Hermitage
This is the earliest north European depiction of the Ancient goddess of love nude , as well as Cranach’s first work on a theme taken from Classical mythology. It combines an interest in the art of the Italian Renaissance with the spirit of German humanism and its strict religious morals. The Latin inscription, probably by one of the Wittenberg humanists who were friends of the artist, reads:
"With all your strength ward off Cupid’s love of voluptuousness,
For else Venus will take over your blinded soul.”
Cranach rejects colour, placing the emphasis on the modelling of the bodies, which stand out majestically against the blank, dark background. The sole touches of colour are the turquoise beads around Venus’s neck and the red beads of Cupid. Venus’s elongated proportions and the unique flowing contours hint at the artist’s later works.
giorgione, mantegna, veronese, leonardo, del sarto, michelangelo, fra angelico, ambrogio lorenzetti, canaletto, caravaggio.
a renaissance kind of morning.
Italian Renaissance painting is the painting of the period beginning in the late 13th century and flourishing from the early 15th to late 16th centuries, occurring in the Italian peninsula, which was at that time divided into many political areas. The painters of Renaissance Italy, although often attached to particular courts and with loyalties to particular towns, nonetheless wandered the length and breadth of Italy, often occupying a diplomatic status and disseminating both artistic and philosophical ideas.
The city that is renowned as the birthplace of the Renaissance and in particular, Renaissance painting, is Florence. A detailed background is given in the companion articles Renaissance and Renaissance architecture.
Italian Renaissance painting can be divided into four periods: the Proto-Renaissance (1300–1400), the Early Renaissance (1400–1475), the High Renaissance (1475–1525), and Mannerism (1525–1600). These dates are approximations rather than specific points because the lives of individual artists and their personal styles overlapped the different periods.
The Proto-Renaissance begins with the professional life of the painter Giotto and includes Taddeo Gaddi, Orcagna and Altichiero. The Early Renaissance was marked by the work of Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca and Verrocchio. The High Renaissance period was that of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. The Mannerist period included Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and Tintoretto.