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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

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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 

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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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Rembrandt Paintings in the Rijksmuseum

  
  
  

An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Rembrandt paintings are the most famous artwork in (and the indisputable pride of) Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, dedicated to showcasing the best of the Dutch Golden Age. It's fascinating to see which Rembrandt paintings the art museum has chosen to display during its multi-year renovation that restricts exhibition space.  

I think these are four of the most memorable Rembrandt paintings there:

Self Portrait at an Early Age

It's no surprise that Night Watch is shown in this pared down collection, but other Rembrandt paintings were less anticipated, 

rembrandt self portrait 1628 resized 600like Self Portrait at an Early Age.

Completed at about age 22, Rembrandt portrays himself in raking light (light which glances diagonally, producing strong shadow).  Here, only

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait at an Early Age.  Oil on panel, c. 1628.  Approx. 9" by 7.5".  Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

his ear lobe and part of his cheek, neck and nose are in the light, producing a highly unconventional portrait.  The crispness and definition of his curly hair were obtained by incising into wet paint, producing three-dimensional locks and exposing the underlying colors.

The same year Rembrandt painted this self-portrait - one of over 50 he'd create in his lifetime - he began teaching students.  One of the first of these was Gerrit Dou, who would become a highly respected Dutch Golden Age painter.

Jeremia Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem

One of the earliest Rembrandt paintings to be deemed a masterpiece, Jeremia is based on the Biblical story in which Jeremia warned his king that Jerusalem would be annihilated if the king didn't acquiesce to his opponents' wishes.  After this grim prophecy went unheeded, the king was blinded and Jerusalem was set on fire.  

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Rembrandt van Rijn. Jeremia Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, 1630.  Oil on panel, appox. 23" by 18".  Rijksmusem, Amsterdam.

Rembrandt illuminates the grieving Jeremia and surrounding objects in intricate detail. The tufts of fur on Jeremia's robe and his beard hair are individually discernible; the hammered metal shows textured dimples; the floral pattern on his rug is convincingly three-dimensional.  The background in which Jeremia sits is non-descript and hazy. Behind him, one can barely see Jerusalem in flames and the newly-blinded king massaging his eyes. 

Isaac and Rebecca (The Jewish Bride) 

This nondescript background recurs in another of the best known Rembrandt paintings, Isaac and Rebecca, or The Jewish Bride, and produces the same effect -- a heightened focus on the painting's subjects. The thickly applied paint on the couple's clothing brilliantly reflects incoming light, but to me, the brilliance here is the pure tenderness of her hand resting on his. The lightness of her touch is palpable tenderness; the serenity of their faces conveys the captivating power of touching a loved one. 

rembrandt isaac and rebecca resized 600Rembrandt van Rijn. Isaac and Rebecca, c. 1665.  Oil on canvas, approx. 48" by 65 1/2". Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Because 17th century people sometimes opted to have their portraits painted as Biblical people, it's not possible to know the precise history behind Isaac and Rebecca.  Perhaps this is a portrait or perhaps a wedding portrait. That history doesn't diminish the power of this work, as noted by Vincent van Gogh in 1885: 

What an intimate, what an infinitely sympathetic painting.  Believe me, and I mean this sincerely, I would give ten years of my life to be allowed to sit before this painting for fourteen days with just a crust of bread to eat. 

The Syndics of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild

Relatively late in his career, Rembrandt was commissioned to paint the portrait of the Amsterdam drapers' guild.  This group was responsible for insuring the quality of laken, a popular and profitable felt-like wool; they took random samples of laken for comparison, thereby earning their nickname of "sampling officials". 

The red haired man in the center is gesticulating with his hand and looking at the man rising from his chair, as if to question where he's going. You're fairly certain that this man is rembrandt syndicsstanding because someone improperly entered the syndics' private chamber.  It's part of Rembrandt's genius that you believe it's you.

Rembrandt van Rijn. The Syndics of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild, 1662. Oil on canvas, Approx. 6' 3" by by 9'2".  Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

This Rembrandt painting, like Night Watch, was designed for a specific place. Because Syndics was to be hung high up on the wall, Rembrandt adjusted the perspective on the table accordingly. When seen at eye level, as Syndics is now shown, the front side of the table looms oddly large.  

That's an error by the Rijksmuseum curator.  It doesn't detract from Rembrandt's brilliance, apparent at age 22 in Self Portrait at an Early Age.  Can you think of a more mesmerizing and mysterious self-portrait? If so, please advise!

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