In the Louvre, Ingres' paintings are close to those of Delacroix, his mortal adversary. Their meeting in the same room is almost a struggle. The two extreme forms of the genius of art are expressed by their names and are manifested by their works.
Theophile Gautier, whose enthusiastic description of Diana leaving her bath has just been read, was the first to restore to honor Boucher's painting, which had fallen into unjust discredit since the Revolution.
Mantegna was sixty years old when Isabelle d'Este commissioned him to direct the decoration work she had undertaken in her apartment at Corte Vecchio. Isabella d'Este was the most enlightened woman of her time, with vast knowledge, fluent in Latin, Greek, and most European languages.
Rigaud, with his sumptuous and noble manner, was well suited to paint the Great King. Painter and model had an equal love of pomp and decoration. It is therefore in the pomp of the royal attributes that the majestic monarch is represented.
A large and lovable rabbit deals with three tiny bullies, led by a flying squirrel, who are determined to squelch his happiness. Initial release: April 10, 2008 (Amsterdam) Director: Sacha Goedegebure Initial DVD release: May 20, 2008 (Netherlands) Producer: Ton … Read More
Andrea Solario had the misfortune to come to the world at a time when Italy abounded in first-rate geniuses. With the gifts he possessed he would have acquired, at any other time, a certain celebrity, while he was as drowned in the flood of immortal works that the Italian Renaissance shed on the world.
The qualities of precision and skill, Quentin Matsys possesses them to the highest point. We owe him, it must be admitted, a Descent from the Cross which is a true masterpiece and from which emanates a real and intense emotion. But this picture, jewel of Our Lady of Antwerp, is only an exception
No one, better than Pieter de Hooch, knew how to render the intimacy of the Dutch houses, their solid and comfortable ease, nor to paint with more naturalness and observant sense the minor incidents of daily life, in the bourgeois mansions of Amsterdam.
Si mon pauvre ami de la Platanie conservait la vigueur d’esprit dont il jouissait en composant ces Mémoires, je n’aurais plus besoin de le représenter dans cette préface, dans laquelle il désire d’abord remercier ses lecteurs et ses critiques de … Lire la suite
Histoires humoristiques et tristes, ou à la recherche des anciens mystères de l'Ordre du Dragon; de la vie du village ou l'homme moyen de la ville. Plus ou moins basé sur des faits réels, mais tout à fait vraies.
If, as a painter of genre, Greuze is too often melodramatic and vulgar, by its delicate and precious heads of children, it belongs well to this eighteenth century which is the beautiful period of art of France and that Michelet does not hesitate to call "the great century".
Era o seară frumoasă. O petrecusem împreună cu prietenii la o pizza și un vin bun, și multă voie bună. Plecasem pe jos, agale, spre stația de metrou, pe malul Dâmboviței. Deși era iarnă, afară era cald și plăcut.
Believing, Murillo was equal to those monks who devoted their brushes, in the depths of the Florentine cloisters, to the exclusive glorification of God. Like Beato Angelico, he devoted his art to celebrating heavenly joys and exalting the radiant image of the Virgin.
In spite of this careful need for documentary truth, there was too much ardor and vigor at Géricault's for the sinking of the Medusa to remain a mere summary of the disaster; he has introduced the immensity of despair, the horror of death, and also that savage energy which binds man to life.
Among these countless compositions, that of Paolo Veronese is recommended by this scale of execution, this extraordinary fantasy, this miraculous colors that make the great Venetian master one of the kings of universal painting.