This survey of famous painters is geared toward those without an art history degree. These posts are intended to make art history engaging by unearthing little known and fascinating facts about this famous artwork, which spans Renaissance paintings to early Pop art paintings.
For instance, the Renaissance painter Rosa Bonheur was forbidded in 1850s Paris to enter the horse markets where she wanted to study equine anatomy.
Undeterred, she disguised herself as a man and snuck in. It was recently discovered that she painted her self-portrait into her masterpiece above, Horse Fair. Talk about having the last laugh!
Discover more art history about these famous painters:
Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri
Bonheur, Plowing in the Nivernais
Bonheur, The Horse Fair.
Botticelli Primavera. Sandro Botticelli. Above: Primavera, c. 1482. Tempera on wood panel, 6'8" by 10'4". Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
Caravaggio, Conversion of St. Paul
Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes
Caravaggio, Young, Sick Bacchus and Basket of Fruit
Caravaggio, Taking of Christ (Kiss of Judas)
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 Kooning, Woman I.
Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People. Above: Eugene Delacroix. Liberty Leading the People, 1830. Oil on canvas, approx. 8'6" by 10'8". Louvre, Paris.
Duncanson, Robert Seldon. Art History Welcomes Duncanson
Durer, The Four Apostles
Fontana, Portrait of a Noblewoman.
Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea
Gentileschi, Artemisia. Judith Beheading Holofernes
Gentileschi, Artemisia. Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting
Ghent Altarpiece. Hubert van Eyck and Jan van Eyck. Below: Ghent Altarpiece (open). Completed 1432. Tempera and oil on wood, 11'6" by 15'1". Cathedral of St. Bavo, Ghent. Explore Ghent Altarpiece via zoom
Giorgione, Three Philosophers
Goya, Family of Charles IV
Goya, The Third of May 1808
Hals, The Laughing Cavalier
Ingres, Grande Odalisque
Kahlo, Renowned Frida Kahlo Paintings. Right. Frida Kahlo, The Love-Embrace of the Universe, 1949. Oil on masonite, approx. 28" x 24". The Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art Collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman.
Angelica Kauffmann. Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting and David Garrick.
Leonardo, Painter at the Court of Milan, National Gallery, London
Leonardo, La Bella Principessa
Leonardo, Savior of the World (Salvator Mundi)
Leonardo, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne.
Leyster, Famous Female Painters
Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere.
Manet, Luncheon in the Studio
Manet, The Old Musician
Manet, Street Singer.
Mantegna, Dead Christ
Matisse, The Cone Collection
Matisse, The Red Studio. Right. Henri Matisse. The Red Studio, 1911. Oil on canvas, 5' 11 1/4" by 7' 2 1/4". The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund.
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
Morisot, Famous Paintings
Morisot, More Famous Paintings
O'Keeffe, Jack in the Pulpit
Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein.
Picasso, Las Meninas series.
Poussin, Assumption of the Virgin
Raphael, Sistine Madonna
Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer
Rembrandt, Night Watch
Rembrandt, The Syndics of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild
Rubens, Venus and Adonis
Sargent, Madame X. Right. John Singer Sargent. Madame X. Oil on canvas. 82 1/8" x 43 1/4". Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1916 (16.53). Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Steen, The Christening Feast
Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne
Titian, Man with a Glove
Titian, Rape of Europa
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 Gogh, Starry Night
Velazquez, Juan de Pareja. Above. Diego Velazquez. Juan de Pareja, 1648. Oil on canvas, 32" by 27 1/2". Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Fletcher Fund, Rogers Fund, and Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton deGroot.
Vermeer, The Kitchen Maid
Vermeer, The Allegory of Painting
Vermeer, Girl with the Red Hat.
Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans
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