Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Luca Giordano Baroque Painter - The Annunciation

The Annunciation - Artist Luca Giordano
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 Luca Giordano (18 October 1634 – 12 January 1705) was an Italian late Baroque painter and printmaker in etching.  Fluent and decorative, he worked successfully in Naples and Rome, Florence and Venice, before spending a decade in Spain.

Born in Naples, Giordano was the son of the painter Antonio Giordano. In around 1650 he was apprenticed to Ribera, on the recommendation of the viceroy of Naples, and his early work was heavily influenced by his teacher. Like Ribera, he painted many half-length figures of philosophers, either imaginary portraits of specific figures, or generic types. He acquired the nickname Luca fa presto, which translates into "Luca paints quickly." His speed, in design as well as handiwork, and his versatility, which enabled him to imitate other painters deceptively, earned for him two other epithets, "The Thunderbolt" (Fulmine) and "The Proteus" of painting.
Following a period studying in Rome, Parma and Venice, Giordano developed an elaborate Baroque style fusing Venetian and Roman Influences. His mature work combines the ornamental pomp of Paul Veronese with the lively complex schemes, the "grand manner", of Pietro da Cortona.  He is also noted for his lively and showy use of color.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

John William Goddard - "Where The Heart Is Young." and "Dolce far Niente" 

John William Goddard - "Where the Heart Is Young."
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John William Goddard - "Dolce far Niente" 
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John William Godward was an English painter from the end of the Neo-Classicist and therefore, a follower in theory of Frederic Leighton. He is more closely allied stylistically, however, to Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, with whom he shared a penchant for the rendering of Classical architecture, in particular, static landscape features constructed from marble.

The vast majority of Godward's extant images feature women in Classical dress, posed against these landscape features, although there are some semi-nude and fully nude figures included in his oeuvre (a notable example being In The Tepidarium (1913), a title shared with a controversial Alma-Tadema painting of the same subject that resides in the Lady Lever Art Gallery). The titles reflect Godward's source of inspiration: Classical civilisation, most notably that of Ancient Rome (again a subject binding Godward closely to Alma-Tadema artistically), although Ancient Greece sometimes features, thus providing artistic ties, albeit of a more limited extent, with Leighton.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Birth Of Venus Is Probably Botticelli's Most Famous Painting

The Birth of Venus - Artist Sandro Botticelli
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Primavera - Artist Sandro Botticelli
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Sandro Botticelli (1445 – May 17, 1510), was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance.   
The Birth of Venus is probably Botticelli's most famous painting. The picture hung in the country villa of the Medici along with "Primavera", indicating that the work was commissioned by the Medici family. Venus rises from the sea, looking like a classical statue and floating on a seashell, in what is surely one of the most recognisable images in art history.
 On Venus' right is Zephyrus, God of Winds, he carries with him the gentle breeze Aura and together they blow the Goddess of Love ashore. The Horae, Goddess of the Seasons, waits to receive Venus and spreads out a flower covered robe in readiness for the Love Goddess' arrival.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Royal Collection - The art collection of the British Royal Family

Anthony van Dyck - Oil Painting
Charles 1 (1600 -49) with M de St Antonia
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The Royal Collection is the art collection of the British Royal Family and the largest private art collection in the world.Spread among 13 occupied and historic royal residences in the United Kingdom, the collection is owned by Queen Elizabeth II and overseen by the Royal Collection Trust a branch of the Royal Household. The Queen owns some objects in the collection in right of the Crown and some as a private individual. It is made up of over one million objects, including 7,000 paintings, 30,000 watercolours and drawings, and about 500,000 prints, as well as photographs, tapestries, furniture, ceramics, cars, textiles, lace, carriages, jewelry, clocks, instruments, plants, manuscripts, books, sculptures, and the Crown Jewels.

The Hudson River School - Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, 1868,

Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, 1868,
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
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Frederic Edwin Church - El Rio De Luz
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The Hudson River School was a mid-19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism. The paintings for which the movement is named depict the Hudson River Valley and the surrounding area, including the Catskill, Adirondack, and White Mountains; eventually works by the second generation of artists associated with the school expanded to include other locales in New England, the Maritimes, the American West, and South America.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PaintingsToGo®, Kozy Shack Founder Vincent Gruppuso Portrait

Kozy Shack Founder Vincent Gruppuso
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliott - Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London)

Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliott
Thomas Gainsborough
(British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London)
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In 1774 Gainsborough moved from Bath to London, and by 1777 he was well established, exhibiting portraits of members of the royal family at the Royal Academy. This full-length of the statuesque Mrs. Elliott—a Scottish lady of great beauty but easy virtue—was apparently commissioned by her lover, the first marquis of Cholmondeley, and was exhibited at the R.A. in 1778. Its elegance, delicate coloring, and fluid handling reflect the influence of Van Dyck.

Joan of Arc - Jules Bastien-Lepage (French, Damvillers 1848–1884 Paris)

Jules Bastien-Lepage
(French, Damvillers 1848–1884 Paris)

Joan of Arc, the medieval teenaged martyr from the province of Lorraine, gained new status as a patriotic symbol after France ceded the territory to Germany following the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71). Bastien-Lepage, a native of Lorraine, depicts the moment when Saints Michael, Margaret, and Catherine appear to Joan in her parents’ garden, rousing her to fight against the English invaders in the Hundred Years War. When the painting was exhibited in the Salon of 1880, critics praised the expressiveness of the principal figure, but found the saints’ presence at odds with Bastien-Lepage’s naturalistic style.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sandro Botticelli - Madonna and Child with Eight Angels - 1478 (detail)

Sandro Botticelli - Madonna and Child with Eight Angels - 1478

Sandro Botticelli
Madonna and Child with Eight Angels - 1478

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi,
known as Sandro Botticelli, was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance.