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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

Book of Kells

Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights

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

Duccio, Maesta

Duncanson, Robert Seldon.  Art History Welcomes Duncanson 

Durer, The Four Apostles

Dutch Painters at the Frick Collection, 2013-2014 Show

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

Horace Pippin.  Life and Work

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

Sargent, Smoke of Ambergris

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

van Eyck, Arnolfini Portrait

van Eyck, Adoration of the Lamb

van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece

van Gogh, Patience Escalier

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

Vincent van Gogh paintings up to 1889

Vincent van Gogh paintings, 1888-1890

Overview of works and life of Diego Velazquez 

Velazquez, Pope Innocent X

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

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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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Famous Artwork: Leonardo Masterpiece?


An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Art history scholars announce attribution of a little-known drawing to Leonardo da Vinci, the first such authentication of his artwork in over 100 years.  This 13" x 9" portrait is on vellum (animal skin) in chalk, pen and ink, and is mounted on oak.  Art historians believe it is a portrait of Bianca Sforza, the daughter of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan (1452-1508), and his mistress, Bernardina de Corradis.

Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of History of Art, Oxford University, has coined the title "La Bella Principessa" for this

leonardo da vinci la bella principessa

drawing, which he dates to around 1496. In that year, Bianca Sforza married one of Leonardo's patrons, Galeazzo Sanseverino.  Dr. Kemp's belief is corroborated by use of a "multispectral" camera, which shows images of the layers of pigments applied in creating the work.

In the process of examining multispectral images, forensic art expert Peter Paul Biro discovered both a fingerprint and a palm print on the portrait.  The former, located at the top left, is of the index or middle finger, and is "highly

Leonardo da vinci fingerprintcomparable" to a print taken from Leonardo's St. Jerome.  The palm print, found on Bianca's neck, is consistent with "Leonardo's use of his hands in creating texture and shading."  Three minutes holes in the left



Fingerprint on "La Bella Principessa".

margin hint that the portrait was intended for the cover of a poetry book, perhaps in the sitter's honor. 

The provenance of this supposed Leonardo masterpiece remains a mystery - little is known of this artwork before the 1990s, when it was sold at Christie's for $19,000.  As an authenticated Leonardo drawing, the portrait is now worth an estimated $160 million -- and is held in a Swiss bank vault.  It will be seen this March in a Gotheburg, Sweden show, "And There was Light: The Masters of the Renaissance Seen in a New Light".  

UPDATE Summer 2010: Peter Paul Biro, who examined the fingerprint on this alleged Leonardo masterpiece, may be finding more than his fair share of fingerprints.  Read the fascinating investigation of Biro in David Grann's New Yorker article of July, 2010.


I saw this yesterday on the news sites and am hoping, hoping HOPING that it's the real thing! How exciting!
Posted @ Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:04 PM by Janet Grenleski
In merito agli articoli apparsi in questi giorni sulla stampa nazionale, internazionale e sulla rivista della National Geographic 
LEONARDO …fori di verità o di falsità? 
Spett.le Redazione,  
è apparsa una nuova prova o una nuova falsità su Leonardo, questa poi sembra essere estremamente grossa e gelida come il clima di questi giorni.  
Dopo il Cristo Salvator Mundi, esposto alla National Gallery di Londra, il Prof. Kemp coadiuvato da altri prof.ri, (D.R.Edward Wright, Pascal Cotte) continua la serie di affermazioni ricche di imprecisioni e inesattezze. Queste dimostrano ancora una volta una superficiale conoscenza della storia di Milano, di quella degli Sforza e tantomeno del nostro Leonardo.  
Il Prof. Kemp ha affermato di aver trovato una prova inconfutabile sull’autenticità e l’attribuzione a Leonardo del dipinto su pergamena, la bella Principessa.  
Ho già avuto modo di scrivere su questo ritrovamento sostenendo che molte cose non quadravano e che quelle che il Prof. Kemp considera prove non dimostrano in realtà proprio nulla a cominciare dall’impronta digitale di Leonardo. 
Ma vediamola quest’ultima e determinante grande prova: si tratterebbe del ritrovamento presso la Biblioteca Nazionale di Varsavia di un volume della Sforziade scritta da Giovanni Simonetta (fratello di Cicco Simonetta segretario e amico del Duca Galeazzo Maria Sforza) e che, come tutti gli storici sanno, trattava della storia della famiglia Sforza fra il 1442 e il 1466.  
Gli storici sanno anche che il Simonetta venne perseguitato dal futuro Duca Ludovico il Moro, nonché padre di Bianca Sforza, e che il Simonetta morì in esilio a Vicenza nel 1490. Tutti sanno inoltre che le nozze di Bianca e Galeazzo Sanseverino avvennero nel 1496. Quindi come si vede sono tante le date e i numeri che non sembrano coincidere con la tesi proposta con tanta sicurezza dal Prof. Kemp.  
Come ebbi a scrivere in precedenza pensai anch’io per primo (Il Prof. Kemp lo affermò nove mesi dopo il sottoscritto) ad una possibile identificazione col volto di Bianca Sforza figlia del Moro così come probabilmente aveva fatto pensare ed in modo superficiale il frontespizio del miniaturista Giovan Pietro Birago che era alla corte sforzesca solo dal 1470 e cioè dopo la morte di Francesco Sforza. Gli illustratori e miniaturisti della Sforziade erano stati, prima del Birago, Cristoforo De Predis e gli aiutanti della sua bottega fra i quali vi era il fratello, quell’Ambrogio De Predis che dopo pochi anni affiancò e aiutò Leonardo nella realizzazione di diverse opere. (Leonardo arrivò a Milano solo nel 1482 e prima di entrare nelle grazie del Duca dovettero passare alcuni anni) 
Sulla base di tali considerazioni la mano di un bravissimo e geniale Ambrogio De Predis la possiamo facilmente ritrovare nella bella principessa così come possiamo ritrovare quella sigla che Ambrogio inserisce nella maggior parte dei suoi dipinti, una sorta di segno suo di riconoscimento. E allora se l’autore può essere Ambrogio l’effigiata chi può essere? Non certo Bianca Sforza figlia del Moro ma Bianca Landriani che andò in Sposa a Carlo Sforza figlio di Galeazzo Maria Sforza e Lucrezia Landriani. Lucrezia che era nata a Milano nel 1440 appare, in un ritratto del pittore Domenico Veneziano, molto bella, con biondi capelli, occhi azzurri ed eleganti lineamenti, molto in linea con i lineamenti della splendida fanciulla oggi definita la bella Principessa che potrebbe essere il ritratto di sua figlia e del Duca Galeazzo Maria Sforza. Non dimentichiamo poi che Bianca Landriani era sorella di Caterina Sforza a proposito della quale parlai dei due simboli che si trovano nella Chiesa di Melzo nel mausoleo di Galeazzo Maria e che lega il dipinto della bella principessa proprio agli Sforza. 
Pertanto l’equivoco potrebbe proprio essere nato sul nome della effigiata che è sempre Bianca ma non la figlia del Moro ma di Galeazzo (non Sanseverino ma Sforza).  
Ritengo che tali importanti precisazioni dovessero essere portate a conoscenza dei numerosi lettori che in questi giorni sono stati attratti da tanti “fori di verità”molto discutibili. 
Posted @ Monday, February 13, 2012 7:23 AM by ERNESTO SOLARI
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