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Anguissola, Three Sisters Playing Chess and Phillip II of Spain

Beckmann, Departure; Self-Portrait in Tuxedo; Sinking of Titanic

Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

BonheurPlowing in the Nivernais

Bonheur, The Horse Fair

Botticelli Primavera

Caravaggio, Fashion and Art History

CaravaggioConversion of St. Paul

Caravaggio, Young, Sick Bacchus and Basket of Fruit

Caravaggio, Cardsharps and Fortune Teller

Caravaggio, St. Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy

Caravaggio, Taking of Christ (Kiss of Judas)

Caravaggio Paintings at the Villa Borghese

Cave Paintings

Cezanne, Bathers

Cezanne, Card Players

Cezanne, Most Famous Paintings 

Copley, Paul Revere

David, Death of Marat 

David, Death of Socrates

David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps

de Kooning, Retrospective at MoMA (Part I)

de Kooning,Excavation and Painting, 1948 

de KooningWoman I

Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People  

Diebenkorn, The Ocean Park Series

Duncanson, Robert Seldon.  Art History Welcomes Duncanson 

Durer, The Four Apostles

El Greco, Burial of Count Orgaz

FontanaPortrait of a Noblewoman

Frankenthaler, Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea

Gainsborough, The Blue Boy

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Judith Beheading Holofernes

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting 

Ghent Altarpiece.  

Ghent Altarpiece via zoom

GiorgioneThree Philosophers 

Goya, Family of Charles IV

Goya, The Third of May 1808 

Goya, Duchess of Alba; Saturn Devouring his Son; Two Old Men; Half-Submerged Dog; Black Paintings

Grunewald, Isenheim Altarpiece

Hals, Banquet of the Officers of the St. George Civic Guard

Hals, The Laughing Cavalier

Hals, Regents of St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Hopper, Nighthawks

Ingres, Grande Odalisque and Portrait of Madame Moissetier

Isenheim Altarpiece

Kahlo, Renowned Frida Kahlo Paintings.  

Angelica Kauffmann.  Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting and David Garrick.  

Klimt, The Kiss and Adele Bloch-Bauer

Leonardo, Painter at the Court of Milan, National Gallery, London 

Leonardo, La Bella Principessa 

Leonardo, New Mona Lisa

Leonardo, Benois Madonna and Madonna Litta 

Leonardo, Savior of the World(Salvator Mundi) 

Leonardo, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne

Leyster, Famous Female Painters 

ManetA Bar at the Folies-Bergere

Manet, Luncheon in the Studio

Manet, The Old Musician

Manet, Street Singer

MantegnaDead Christ

Matisse Paintings, In Search of True Painting

Matisse, The DanceThe Music

Matisse, The Cone Collection

Matisse, The Red Studio

Matisse, The Yellow Dress

Michelangelo, Crucifixion with the Madonna

Michelangelo, Famous Paintings

Michelangelo, La Pieta with Two Angels (latest attribution?)

Michelangelo, St. John the Baptist Bearing Witness

Modersohn-Becker, Famous Female Painters

Monet, Waterlilies

Morisot, Famous Paintings

MorisotMore Famous Paintings

Munch, The Scream

O'Keeffe, Jack in the Pulpit

Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror

Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein

Picasso, Las Meninas

Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ

Poussin, Assumption of the Virgin

Raphael, Sistine Madonna

Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 

Rembrandt, Night Watch

Rembrandt paintings at Frick Show

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait at an Early AgeJeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, The Jewish Bride

Rembrandt, The Syndics of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild

Rubens, Venus and Adonis

Sanchez Cotan, Spanish Still-life

Sargent, El Jaleo

Sargent, Madame X

Steen, The Christening Feast 

Steen paintings at Frick Show

Tanner, The Banjo Lesson and The Thankful Poor

Titian, Assumption of the Virgin

Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne

Titian, Man with a Glove

Titian, Nymph and Shepherd, Allegory of Prudence, Jacopa Strada, St. Jerome, Slaying of Marysas

Titian, Rape of Europa

Turner, J. M. W, The Fighting Temeraire

Uccello, Battle of San Romano

van der Weyden, St. Luke Drawing the Virgin

Velazquez, Pope Innocent X

Vincent van Gogh paintings up to 1889

Vincent van Gogh paintings, 1888-1890

van Eyck, Arnolfini Portrait

van Eyck, Adoration of the Lamb

van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece

van Gogh, The Potato Eaters

van GoghMemory of Garden at Etten; Tatched Cottages; White House

van Gogh,  Portrait of Madam Trabuc; Morning: Going Out

van Gogh, Starry Night

Velazquez, Juan de Pareja

Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Vermeer, Saint Praxedis

Vermeer, The Kitchen Maid

Vermeer, The Allegory of Painting

VermeerGirl with the Red Hat

Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans

Warhol, Marilyn Diptych and Gold Marilyn 

Warhol, Mao 

Anders Zorn

Famous Paintings by Art Museums - ebooks

Learn about famous paintings to see in these art museums:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY). One of those intimate, small art museums with a stellar collectionFamous Paintings at Albright-Knox. 

Art Institute of Chicago: Plan to see these famous paintings at the Art Institute -- and download an ebook about them.

Louvre Museum, (Paris): one of the largest art museums in the world! Know which Louvre paintings not to miss in this sortable ebook. 

Mauritshuis Museum: explore works by renowned Dutch painters

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City): download the ebook, Famous-Paintings-Metropolitan-Museum, to learn its must-see masterpieces.

National Gallery (London): with 2300 famous paintings alone in its European painting section, discover highlights to see!  Art Paintings to See at the National Gallery.

Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam): 10 famous paintings not to miss

Washington, D.C. Art Museums: Explore forty famous paintings in Washington, DC in this article.

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Female Artists

While we long for the time when artists are artists and genderless, that time isn't yet here.

These are a few of the female artists who've left lasting legacies in the history of painting:

Sofonisba AnguissolaThree Sisters Playing ChessPhillip II of Spain

Rosa Bonheur.  Plowing in the Nivernais.  Horse Fair.

Lavinia Fontana. Portrait of a Noblewoman.

Helen Frankenthaler. Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea. 

Artemisia Gentileschi.  Judith Beheading Holofernes.  Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting.

Frida Kahlo.  Frida and Diego Rivera.  The Two Fridas.  The Love Embrace of the Universe. 

Angelica Kauffmann.  Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting.  David Garrick.

Judith Leyster.  Self-Portrait.  The Proposition. 

Paula Modersohn-Becker. Self-Portrait with an Amber Necklace. Still Life with Goldfish. 

Berthe Morisot.  Refuge in Normandy.  The Cradle. 

Georgia O'Keeffe. Jack in the Pulpit Series. 

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Art History Resources. Unwieldly but informative.

Marisol Roman.  A Spanish art history blog.

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Famous Paintings: Cave Paintings in Spain and France

  
  
  

An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Although not often considered to be famous paintings per se,the cave paintings in Spain and France remain a defining event in art history, and are inarguably some of the most extraordinary prehistoric art.

Chauvet Caves

Early cave paintings were found in 1994 in the Chauvet cave of southwestern France.
chauvet-cave-big-horn-rhinoImages in the Chauvet cave include the bison, mammoth, wild horse, rhino, deer, owl, auroch (an ancestor of domestic cattle), ibex and even occasional people.

Big Horn Rhino, Chauvet Cave

It is believed that this massive network of caves was occupied by humans during two periods (the dates of which aren't unanimously agreed upon by archaeologists):

Radiocarbon dating indicates that Chauvet cave paintings were created during the Aurignacian occupation; from the Gravettian occupation comes the oldest known human footprints, those of a young boy.

Altamira Caves

The cave paintings in Spain's Altamira caves, recently dated to 12,500 BCE, typically featured paintings of bison and introduced a sculptural effect to prehistoric art.  Its artists

  • incorporated irregularities and protrusions in the cave's walls and ceilings into their designs, making the paintings appear three dimensional and moving, and

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  • created highly realistic depictions, rendered using three hues of natural pigments like ochre and zinc oxides.

Right: Altamira Cave, Bison

Although the Altamira Caves were discovered in 1879, these cave paintings were dismissed as inauthentic on the grounds that "primitive" people couldn't paint such prehistoric art. 

Not until 1902 -- at which time other cave paintings had been discovered in northern Spain and France - was Altamira's famous artwork deemed prehistoric. And authentic! Archeologists continue to debate, however, whether the figures depicted were symbolic and fantastic, or were actual creatures who lived at the time. 

pech merle horse resized 600In November, 2011, scientists examined the cave paintings in Pech-Merle (in southwestern France) and compared Stone Age with present age DNA. They concluded that the spotted horses depicted there (left) actually existed!

Lascaux Caves

The most complicated cave paintings are found in Lascaux, in the Dordogne region of southern France.   These caves - with an astonishing array of 600 cave paintings and 1500 engravings -  were discovered in 1940 by four teenagers, Marcel Ravisdat, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel and Simon Coencas. 

In recounting his first glimpse of the cave paintings, Marsal described a

cavalcade of animals larger than life painted on the walls and ceiling of the cave; each animal seemed to be moving.

Unlike other caves in which prehistoric art has been discovered, Lascaux has a protective layer of chalk which rendered the cave waterproof, preserving these cave paintings for millenia. 

lascaux-caves-great-hall-of-bulls

Lascaux Caves, Great Hall of the Bulls.

As in the Altamira cave paintings, the Lascaux painters also incorporated the protrusions inherent in the walls.  Subject matter included the ibex, auroch, bear and feline, whose most distinctive characteristics were exaggerated - these animals' eyes, hooves and horns are depicted simultaneously from the front and in profile.

Look how this simultaneity is captured centuries later in one of the best known Picasso paintings, Girl Before a Mirror.  

picasso girl before the mirror resized 600Pablo Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror.  Oil on canvas, 1932.  Museum of Modern Art, New York.

During World War II, the Altamira caves were used by the French Resistance to store weapons. Opened to the public in 1948, these cave paintings became one of France's most popular tourist destinations until carbon dioxide exhalations, humidity, and contaminants triggered disintegration of the precious prehistoric art.  The caves were closed to the public in 1963.

This video of the Lascaux cave paintings features remarkable closeups, and is as close as possible one can get to this remarkable prehistoric art. Enjoy!  

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Comments

As an armchair zealot on the subject, I recommend the book "The Cave and the Cathedral" by Amir D. Aczel. There are also remarkable instances of cave painting like that of Ajanta, India. Also, petroglyphs compliment an interest in this discussion. Thanks for posting.
Posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 3:40 PM by Linda Gunther
Linda -- 
 
Thanks for the book recommendation -- I've added it to my lengthy reading list! 
 
Susan Benford
Posted @ Saturday, April 30, 2011 2:41 PM by Susan Benford
Very interesting! It will be very useful to me!
Posted @ Tuesday, January 24, 2012 9:36 AM by rahul (11 years)
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