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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

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

Vincent van Gogh paintings up to 1889

Vincent van Gogh paintings, 1888-1890

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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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.

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Female Artists

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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.

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Michelangelo Paintings Anew?


An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

One might think that all the Michelangelo paintings ever created by the Renaissance genius are known and documented.  Logical, given that Michelangelo (1475-1564) is one of the most researched and famous painters in the history of art -- but erroneous!

The Italian art historian, Antonio Forcellino, claims that infra-red techniques reveal a work previously attributed to Mannerist painter Marcello Venusti, known to create paintings from Michelangelo drawings, is instead a bona fide Michelangelo artwork.

michelangelo crucifixion with madonnaAlleged discoveries of Michelangelo paintings invariably (and understandably) rock the art history world.  Edward Fahey, formerly at the Met Museum, recently claimed that the Met's St. John the Baptist Bearing Witness is a Michelangelo masterpiece, while Forcellio made headlines when he asserted that Pieta, which hung over a family's couch in upstate New York, was a Michelangelo painting. To date, neither has been decisively authenticated by art history experts. 

This alleged Michelangelo painting, though, may have the most substantiation.  Crucifixion with the Madonna, St. John and Two Mourning Angels had been hanging in Campion Hall at University of Oxford (but has since been moved to Oxford's Ashmolean Museum for safe-keeping). Measuring a scant 20" by 13", Crucifixion with the Madonna has on its back 18 wax seals with the Cavalieri family's coat of arms; it is well established that Michelangelo remained profoundly infatuated with Tommaso Cavalieri after they met in 1532.

Wax seals, of course, are insufficient evidence. In his book, "The Lost Michelangelos" (page 139), Forcellino recounts his first impression of Crucifixion with the Madonna, stating 

...the figure of Christ was in a wholly different league … the modelling was stronger, and the painting and facial expression had a clarity that created the impression of an artist of much greater standing.

Today, the BBC released a video interview with Father Callaghan of Campion Hall, showing great footage of the Crucifixion.  Let me know your thoughts on whether this is or isn't Michelangelo artwork! 


I am a very traditional art, literature, music lover, but I find it interesting that we value a painting by its authenticity or artist. I am in favor of authenticating a painting for the record, but what if, maybe a great novel, the painting by the forger was actually superior to the original work. Not objecting to the examination. Truth is above all, but that mischievousness little thought picks at my thoughts.
Posted @ Friday, July 15, 2011 10:28 AM by Ted de Rose
Original is the thought or idea. A copy is just a copy maybe an improvement or not but the originator had the idea.
Posted @ Saturday, July 16, 2011 9:33 AM by Sheryl Skoglund
If an artist copied an idea from another artist it is not an original. Artists work need to be protected from people trying to copy the work instead of originating their own work and ideas. Original ideas and work is the first thought for the idea not a copier. Credit should be to the originator not a copier.
Posted @ Saturday, July 16, 2011 10:03 AM by Sheryl Skoglund
Just finished reading an article about the ways in which viewers assess art, and what those criteria are. It's worth a read! 
Susan Benford
Posted @ Saturday, July 16, 2011 1:02 PM by Susan Benford
While waiting for the science to finish its report, this is intriguing on any level. Even if made from drawing of Michelangelo, it is a beautiful work of art, and valuable in its own right. If it is truly by the master, I bet there is a story behind its journey to Campion Hall.
Posted @ Sunday, July 17, 2011 8:23 PM by Mary Jo Gibson
I don't know...this painting doesn't really look like a Michelangelo to me. I'd like to study things a little more, but I think that the figures seem a little too static to be by Michelangelo. The foreshortening in the background doesn't seem to meet Michelangelo's technical ability, either. 
But, this being said, I'm always hesitant to immediately embrace a new "discovery" in the art world!
Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2011 12:31 AM by Alberti's Window
I feel a bit skeptical, too, especially because this summer is awash in so many alleged attributions (I'm thinking of Leonardo and Caravaggio, for instance). 
But the wax seals, and their association with the man some believe was Michelangelo's paramour, are most intriguing. Let's hope this attribution gets resolved decisively and soon! 
Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2011 1:15 PM by Susan Benford
I am a Caravaggio obsessive. I was amused, however, at the price a painting will get if it is a Caravaggio, but, and I am not talking a copy, but an original, the price of the same painting if it is done by a student or contemporary. I go into antique stores and wince at the prices nondescript, but elderly, will bring simply by surviving. I like the painting even if it isn't a Michelangelo.
Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2011 1:44 PM by tderose
I'm right there with you on being Caravaggio-obsessive, but hey - there are worst obsessions, right? 
Please be sure to read about some of the Caravaggio paintings I've blogged about -- see the blogroll on the right! 
Thanks for commenting. 
Susan Benford 
Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:09 PM by Susan Benford
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