Famous Paintings: Lady with an Ermine

Given that Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) died nearly five centuries ago, it seems unlikely that there would be still be major discoveries about this Italian Renaissance master. But "unlikely" happens. The French scientist Pascal Cotte spent three years using a [...]

By |2018-03-25T17:21:31-04:00December 29th, 2016|Renaissance paintings|0 Comments

Famous Paintings: Garden of Earthly Delights

Garden of Earthly Delights is a series of superlatives: the best-known work of Hieronymous Bosch (ca. 1450-1516), one of the most famous paintings in Western art history, and one of the most influential, inspirational works for Surrealist painters of the 20th century. Hieronymous Bosch. [...]

By |2018-03-23T18:17:30-04:00August 10th, 2014|Renaissance paintings|5 Comments

Famous Painters: Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca (ca. 1420-1492) is in a legion of famous painters who were lost to art history for centuries -- in his case, for over four. The works of Piero, along with artists including Sandro Botticelli (1446-1510) and Jan Vermeer (1632-1675), [...]

By |2018-03-23T21:47:02-04:00February 11th, 2014|Renaissance paintings|0 Comments

Titian Paintings and Portraits

Demand for Titian paintings soared after Titian (ca. 1488-1576) revealed his masterful Assumption of the Virgin in 1518. Designed for the basilica of Venice's Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, its rich hues and monumental scale -- a colossal 22' 8" tall -- had rarely been [...]

By |2018-03-23T23:14:44-04:00September 24th, 2012|Renaissance paintings|0 Comments

Famous Paintings: Sistine Madonna

Some works, like Sistine Madonna, become famous paintings for all the wrong reasons (or at least some unimpressive ones).  By some accounts (including that of Thomas Hoving, former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Sistine Madonna is the best of Raphael [...]

By |2018-03-23T23:16:36-04:00June 16th, 2012|Renaissance paintings|3 Comments

Survey of Renaissance Paintings

The quantity of famous Renaissance paintings - and the genius of their creators - remain a marvel in the history of art.  This cultural movement, which roughly spanned the 14th to 17th centuries, brought a resurgence of interest in Greco-Roman culture. Renaissance [...]

Famous Paintings: Primavera

Sandro Botticelli paintings are among the best known Renaissance paintings, and showcase the skills of one of the most brilliant masters of line in the history of art. Likely self-portrait of Sandro Botticelli, from his Adoration of the Magi, 1475.  Botticelli's given name [...]

By |2018-03-23T23:20:37-04:00November 14th, 2011|Renaissance paintings|0 Comments

Leonardo da Vinci Paintings at the National Gallery

Fifteen or 16 Leonardo da Vinci paintings are known to exist.  With nine in a new National Gallery show, blockbuster art exhibitions will be redefined! Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan focuses on Leonardo's tenure in Milan from 1482-1499, [...]

By |2018-03-23T23:20:59-04:00November 10th, 2011|Renaissance paintings|0 Comments