28 March 2017
Fra Bartolomeo – Portrait of Girolamo Savonarola
Raffaello Sazio – Portrait of Pietro Bembo
Tiziano Vecellio – Portrait of Pietro Bembo
We have another portrait of Pietro Bembo, a bit older by now, painted by Tiziano Vecellio … and so, rather unexpectedly, we end up having triple Object of the Week today with Italian Renaissance portraits … enjoy!
20 March 2017
Giuseppe Arcimboldo – Spring
8 March 2017
Artemisia Gentileschi – Judith Beheading Holofernes
6 March 2017
Michelangelo Buonarroti – The Conversion of Saul
Happy birthday Michelangelo Buonarroti, born on this day in 1475 …
Pieter Bruegel the Elder – The Conversion of Saul
1 March 2017
Sandro Botticelli – Portrait of a Young Woman
With this beautiful portrait we celebrate the birthday of Sandro Botticelli in the year of 1445!
In other words, welcome back to the Italian Renaissance …
6 February 2017
Gustav Klimt – The Kiss
This painting by Gustav Klimt, who died on this day in 1918, is probably the ultimate iconic piece of Austrian art …
30 January 2017
Georges de la Tour – Magdalen with the Smoking Flame
We don’t have often French paintings as our Object of the Week – but today there is one – painted by Georges de la Tour who died on this day in 1652 …
The influence of Caravaggio is quite obvious …
25 January 2017
Lucas Cranach the Younger – Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
9 January 2017
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller – The Birthday Table
Happy New Year – it’s just a couple of days old by now … and we start this year with a painting by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller …
31 December 2016
Egbert van der Poel – Celebration by Torchlight on the Oude Delft
We wish you a very Happy New Year 2017 with a painting by Egbert van der Poel … and enjoy the fireworks tonight!
Fireworks in Vienna
24 December 2016
Don Silvestro del Gherarducci – Madonna and Child with Sts John Baptist and Paul
We wish you a very happy festive season with a painting by Don Silvestro del Gherarducci!
19 December 2016
Joseph Mallord William Turner – The Grand Canal, Venice
Valentin de Boulogne – The Last Supper
Funny, I realized only now that we have a nice day today regarding its number … so, a double Object of the Week is required with a painting of Valentin de Boulogne … enjoy!
16 December 2016
Wassily Kandinsky – Composition VII
On this day in 1866 Wassily Kandinsky was born … Happy birthday!
As often, we are reminded again to add new paintings to the database … let’s see … until then, however, you are redirected to a different painting …
13 December 2016
Caravaggio – Madonna del Rosario
Yes, of course, you are absolutely right, we need a new Object of the Week after a long time of silence! So, here she is, Madonna del Rosario painted by Caravaggio … one of Dieter’s favourite paintings at KHM in Vienna … enjoy!
Artemisia Gentileschi – Mary Magdalen
Let’s celebrate this nice day with a brillant painting by Artemisia Gentileschi. Not that it is important to know, but definitely one of Dieter’s most favourite painters
4 November 2016
Guido Reni – Susanna and the Elders
Guido Reni, the painter of our Object of the Week, was bon on this day in 1575 … Happy Birthday!
3 November 2016
Annibale Carracci – Self-Portrait in Profile
1 November 2016
Giulio Romano – Madonna and Child
We are back again in Italy with a painting of Giulio Romano who died on this day in 1546.
20 October 2016
Aelbert Cuyp – Landscape near Rhenen
It’s time for a Dutch Golden Age painting by Aelbert Cuyp as our Object of the Week. When you read his biography on Wikipedia you are told that he is especially known for his large views of the Dutch countryside in early morning or late afternoon light.
By the way, Aelbert Cuyp was born on this day in 1620 … Happy Birthday!
13 October 2016
Allan Ramsay – Queen Charlotte with her Two Children
If I remember correctly, this is our first Scottish Object of the Week painted by a Allan Ramsay who was born on this day in 1713!
If you are interested, you may read the page in Wikipedia about Queen Charlotte … quite interesting …
12 October 2016
Piero della Francesca – Portraits of Federico da Montefeltro and His Wife Battista Sforza
The painter of this double protrait, Piero della Francesca, died on this day in 1492 … so a double Object of the Week is in order this week!
The man, Federico da Montefeltro was rather famous, too, as a warrior …
If you are interested, there is also a page in Wikipedia on Battista Sforza …
10 October 2016
Nicolas de Largillière – La Belle Strasbourgeoise
The painter of today’s Object of the Week, Nicolas de Largillière, was born on this day in 1656 – Happy Birthday!
The Web Gallery of Art tells us the following about this painting: Largillière was an expert portraitist. With La Belle Strasbourgeoise he demonstrated wonderful skill in rendering textiles (gray lace and black satin) and employed the provincial hat to superb compositional effect.
Honestly, I like this hat a lot!
5 October 2016
Francesco Guardi – The Piazza San Marco towards the Basilica
The painting reminds me that I haven’t visited Venice almost for ages – I definitely should change that soon!
The Piazza San Marco towards the Basilica
29 September 2016
Caravaggio – The Martyrdom of St Ursula
Caravaggio is famous for painting explicit moments in scenes – like here the moment when the arrow reaches Ursula’s chest – just see the detail:
Caravaggio – The Martyrdom of St Ursula (detail)
Another detail, consider you might have searched Google today for this painting, the result will probably have looked like that … so don’t forget to see this painting in original!
Caravaggio – The Martyrdom of St Ursula – Google image search
Since by now you might have guessed, that Caravaggio somehow is my favourite painter, this Object of the Week won’t come as a surprise
25 September 2016
Domenichino – Portrait of Monsignor Giovanni Battista Agucchi
It took some time to present a painting by Domenichino a new an Object of the Week … the reason for that is just simply vacation … brilliant vacation we must confess that will continue next week as well …
There is also some information on the portrayed man available in Wikipedia … just have a look!
6 September 2016
Caravaggio – Judith Beheading Holofernes
Well, that’s one of Dieter’s favourite paintings: Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio … next time you are in Rome, don’t forget to see this painting in original at Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica!
2 September 2016
Francesco Hayez – Carolina Zucchi
22 August 2016
Jean-Honoré Fragonard – The Stolen Kiss
18 August 2016
Jan van Eyck – The Ghent Altarpiece: Adoration of the Lamb
Gifts can have consequences … today I received a book on flemish and dutch painting … and on one of the first pages I found the Adoration of the Lamb painted by Jan van Eyck … and I decided immediately to share it with you!
If you are interested in the complete Ghent Alterpiece … here it is … enjoy!
Jan van Eyck – The Ghent Altarpiece
Of course, there is a page in Wikipedia dedicated to this painting!
16 August 2016
Agostino Carracci – Portrait of a Woman
Happy Birthday Agostino Carracci … born on this day in 1557!
By the way, Agostino Carracci was the brother of Annibale Carracci – you’ll find paintings of Annibale further down on this page …
And since it’s Agostino’s birthday today, we add another one of his paintings … a portrait of Titian!
Agostino Carracci – Titian
10 August 2016
Polidoro da Caravaggio – Noli me tangere
We are back in Italy with a painting by Polidoro da Caravaggio … so, another painter from this town …
1 August 2016
Jean Baptiste Joseph Pater – Mme. de Bouvillon Tempts Fate by Asking Ragotin to Search for a Flea
It’s some time ago that I found this painting by Jean Baptiste Joseph Pater while procrastinating the work on slides for my search engines lecture … and immediately decided to use this painting as an opener for the lecture … and, actually, I still like this painting a lot!
29 July 2016
Artemisia Gentileschi – Bathsheba
I remember we already had a lot of Artemisia Gentileschi’s paintings … they must have got lost over the years … a classic error in computer science
Anyway, today we have a beautiful Bathsheba before or after her bath …
18 July 2016
Jan van Eyck – Portrait of Jan de Leeuw
Oh, it took some time to continue with an Object of the Week … just don’t ask
24 May 2016
Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze – Washington Crossing the Delaware
Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze was born on this day in 1816 – happy birthday!
If you are interested, there is quite an interesting page on this painting in Wikipedia … containing a word on the flag … it’s always interesting to procrastinate reading Wikipedia
19 May 2016
Jacob Jordaens – The Bean King
On this day in 1593 the flemish painter Jacob Jordaens was born … so, happy birthday!
By the way, if you want to see this painting in original … you should come to Vienna
Addendum 22 August 2016:
That’s the wall where Jacob Jordaens’ painting is on display at the KHM …
9 May 2016
Tiziano Vecellio – Bacchus and Ariadne
5 May 2016
Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier – Napoleon and his Staff
That’s the first painting by Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier we have as an Object of the Week. Wikipedia notes that the painter is famous for his depictions of Napoleon … and since Napoleon died on this day in 1821 today’s Object of the Week is rather accurate …
3 May 2016
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes – The Third of May, 1808: The Execution of the Defenders of Madrid
It’s time for another painting by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes as an Object of the Week … even more so today, as we have another Third of May today … and don’t miss to read the page in Wikipedia on that painting …
26 April 2016
Eugène Delacroix – Self-Portrait
Today we celebrate the 218th birthday of Eugène Delacroix with this painting!
21 April 2016
Nicholas Hilliard – Portrait of Elizabeth I, Queen of England
The reason might be that today is the 90th birthday of the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II. Happy birthday!
19 April 2016
Paolo Veronese – Livia da Porto Thiene and her Daughter Porzia
That is our first painting by Paolo Veronese, who died on this day in 1588, as an Object of the Week.
Paolo Veronese – Iseppo and Adriano da Porto
Interestingly, reading a bit about Livia da Porto Thiene and clicking through Wikipedia and the explorARTorium I found that we also have a portrait of Livia’s husband Iseppo da Porto again painted by Paolo Veronese … and so we now have another double Object of the Week
14 April 2016
Friedrich von Amerling – Girl in Yellow Hat
On this day in 1803, Austrian painter Friedrich von Amerling was born – that’s why we dedicate today’s Object of the Week to him … enjoy!
12 April 2016
Ok, and now for something completely different, on this day in 1961 Yuri Gagarin went off for the first orbit around earth in a Soviet Vostok spacecraft … and that achievement should be sufficient to warrant an extra Object of the Week …
6 April 2016
Raffaello Sanzio – Lady with a Unicorn
A painting by Raffaello Sanzio is our Object of the Week. On this day in 1483 the painter was born in Urbino, and on this day in 1520 he died in Rome …
3 April 2016
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo – Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
That’s of course another prominent story in art history, you’ll find a number of paintings with exactly this title in the explorARTorium – for today’s Object of the Week we’ve chosen one painted by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, who died on this day in 1682.
30 March 2016
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes – The Bewitched Man
It’s been a while now without a painting of Francisco de Goya y Lucientes as an Object of the Week … perhaps even too long … and today it’s even more necessary to have one because it’s his birthday today in the year 1746 … so, happy 270th birthday!
18 March 2016
Adam Elsheimer – Judith Beheading Holofernes
17 March 2016
Patrick Nasmyth – Landscape with a Pond
It seems as if this one of the very rare landscape paintings in our Object of the Week section – today we have one painted by Patrick Nasmyth.
I found it when searching for Patrick … and, by the way, it’s the only painting in the result set …
So, this is a nice emblem to wish you a happy St Patrick’s Day today …
6 March 2016
Michelangelo Buonarroti – David
Don’t forget to watch the description of this statue on Smarthistory …
1 March 2016
Sandro Botticelli – The Birth of Venus
Don’t forget to watch the Smarthistory Video about this painting!
29 February 2016
Leo von Klenze – The Acropolis at Athens
25 February 2016
Caravaggio – Burial of St Lucy
It’s been much too long now without a painting by Caravaggio as an Object of the Week …
18 February 2016
Fra Angelico – The Adoration of the Magi
Michelangelo Buonarroti – Creation of Adam
17 February 2016
Paolo Uccello – St. George and the Dragon
8 February 2016
Alexandre Gabriel Decamps – The Monkey Painter
Well, there are a number of monkeys present in the explorARTorium, we have selected the one painted by
Alexandre Gabriel Decamps as our Object of the Week … and with this painting we wish you a happy
Chinese New Year which is actually today!
Happy year of the monkey
27 January 2016
Tintoretto – The Descent Into Hell
Another painting of Tintoretto as our Object of the Week – and it’s a Wednesday today … so the title is quite feasible …
18 January 2016
Tintoretto – The Last Supper
Honestly, I can’t believe that this is really the first painting of Tintoretto as an Object of the Week … maybe we lost all the others for whatever reason … a modern classic!
When I saw this painting, I was immediately reminded on “Jesus walks into a restaurant …”
14 January 2016
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot – Lady in Blue
We are back after a long winter break … Happy New Year!
And we are back with a painting of Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot – enjoy!
25 December 2015
Geertgen tot Sint Jans – Nativity, at Night
Happy festive season with a painting by Geertgen tot Sint Jans!
15 December 2015
Johannes Vermeer – The Geographer
Johannes Vermeer died on this day in 1675. So, we have to celebrate this great painter with another Object of the Week.
Years ago, at the start of the project, we thought about using Vermeer and his time as a topic in what eventually became the explorARTorium. The idea was to use the story of Timothy Brook’s book, Vermeer’s Hat to discuss the content of Dutch Golden Age paintings … well, that might still be a nice idea
3 December 2015
Antonio Canova – Cupid and Psyche
That’s rather rare but today we selected a sculpture of Antonio Canova as our Object of the Week – if you are interested, there is a page in Wikipedia about this sculpture. Of course, there is also a page in Wikipedia about the story of Cupid and Psyche.
So, you might have expected that Cupid and Psyche is a topic selected often by painters – as an example consider the painting by Orazio Gentileschi.
Orazio Gentileschi – Cupid and Psyche
23 November 2015
Agnolo Bronzino – Bia, the Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici
Today we have another painting of Agnolo Bronzino, who died on this day in 1572, as our Object of the Week …
17 November 2015
Agnolo Bronzino – Eleonora di Toledo
14 November 2015
Eugène Delacroix – Liberty Leading the People
8 November 2015
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corrot – Morning at Beauvais
I guess that this painting of Jean-Baptiste Camille Corrot shows a bright and sunny autumn scene – just look at the almost leafless trees … just comparable to the weather this morning around Vienna …
View on Vienna from Sofienalpe
3 November 2015
Annibale Carracci – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Today is the birthday of Annibale Carracci, a contemporary of Carravaggio … and next time you are in Rome, don’t forget to visit the Cerasi Chapel at Basilica Santa Maria del Popolo to see all three paintings of today’s triple Object of the Week in original … enjoy!
Caravaggio – The Crucifixion of Saint Peter
Caravaggio – The Conversion on the Way to Damascus
31 October 2015
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes – Saturn Devouring One of his Children
13 October 2015
Christoph Amberger – Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg
This might be the first portrait of a goldsmith as our Object of the Week – and it’s definitely the first painting of Christoph Amberger here … and interestingly this painting is numbered 188 in our database … just the same as the code of our institute at TU Wien …. and, honestly, that’s how Dieter found this painting
6 October 2015
Luca Giordano – The Fall of the Rebel Angels
This painting is one of Dieter’s favourites in KHM Vienna, especially for the rebel angel in the lower right part of the painting.
30 September 2015
Caravaggio – Sleeping Cupid
If you want to see this painting in original you just need to visit the KHM in Vienna, just like I did yesterday … enjoy!
23 September 2015
Frederick Edwin Church – Autumn
Let’s celebrate the first day of autumn with a painting of Frederick Edwin Church … enjoy autumn!
16 September 2015
Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Red Hat
It’s some time since we had a painting by Johannes Vermeer as an Object of the Week – when Dieter saw this really breathtaking red colour of the girl’s hat he decided to take this painting instead of another one …
Even better, we have a photograph of this painting taken in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC – it seems as if the hat is really that red …
And here is what the National Gallery of Art writes about this painting:
Girl with the Red Hat is one of Johannes Vermeer’s smallest works, and it is painted on panel rather than on his customary canvas. The girl has turned in her chair and interacts with the viewer through her direct gaze. Girl with the Red Hat is portrayed with unusual spontaneity and informality. The artist’s exquisite use of color is this painting’s most striking characteristic, for both its compositional and its psychological effects. Vermeer concentrated the two major colors in two distinct areas: a vibrant red for the hat and a sumptuous blue for the robe; he then used the intensity of the white cravat to unify the whole.
8 September 2015
Francesco Hayez – The Refugees of Parga
Honestly, you won’t find many refugees in the explorARTorium apart from the ones shown in this painting of Francesco Hayez. I searched for paintings showing refugees after having visited the camp in Traiskirchen, Austria – the situation there is horrible – even more horrible than expected after seeing the media reports during the last days … reports like this or that …
Traiskirchen – Part of the Camp
29 August 2015
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres – Madame Moitessier
It’s about time to leave Judith and come back to a painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres who has his birthday exactly on this day in 1780 – so, happy birthday!
The painting is a portrait of Madame Moitessier.
25 August 2015
Elisabetta Sirani – Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Let’s stay with Judith and Holofernes a bit longer with a painting by Elisabetta Sirani. She must have been an interesting person who established an academy for women artists.
19 August 2015
Francesco Furini – Judith and Holofernes
It’s been a while since we had Judith and Holofernes as an Object of the Week – it may be the most frequent topic in our Objects of the Week, but I haven’t counted yet …
It’s definitely the first painting by Francesco Furini – enjoy!
Actually, I saw another painting by Francesco Furini yesterday at KHM … one of my favourites in this museum … but we haven’t got it in the explorARTorium … but I had a camera … so I can share it with you
Francesco Furini – Penitent Mary Magdalene
13 August 2015
Eugène Delacroix – Study of the Sky at Sunset
Honestly, this summer was absolutely beautiful at our end so far – the sky often looked just like in this painting of Eugène Delacroix, who died on this day in 1863 …
11 August 2015
Lavinia Fontana – Minerva Dressing
That is our first Object of the Week painted by Italian painter Lavinia Fontana who died on this day in 1614. If you are interested in more paintings of female artists, a nice selection can be found on Wikipedia … including today’s Minerva.
6 August 2015
Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez – Portrait of Innocent X
Diego Velázquez, the painter of our Object of the Week, died on 6 August in 1660, so exactly 355 years ago. Diego Velázquez painted Pope Innocent X while visiting Rome during 1649/50 to buy artworks for the Spanish King Philip IV.
30 July 2015
Parmigianino – Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror
Honestly, I planned to have this self-portrait painted by Parmigianino as an Object of the Week since … well, almost ages …
Each time when I see it at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna I am reminded again to finally do so. Yesterday, I even photographed the painting to show you that it really is painted on a convex panel … just see for yourself!
28 July 2015
Guercino – Portrait of Francesco Righetti
21 July 2015
Jusepe de Ribera – The Lamentation
Summer seems to be a bad season for Objects of the Week – there are a couple of reasons for that for sure …
Today, however, I selected a painting of Jusepe de Ribera – the topic of the painting is quite fitting to the first sentence
7 July 2015
Giuseppe Arcimboldo – Summer
I wasn’t aware of that until now, searching for summer paintings to tell you: Summer has finally arrived in Vienna …
22 June 2015
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn – Rembrandt and Saskia in the Scene of the Prodigal Son in the Tavern
It’s high time for another painting of Rembrandt as our Object of the Week – it’s the third if I counted correctly …
Actually, it’s a good date for this painting – Saskia van Uylenburgh and Rembrandt got married on this day in 1634 … at least according to the Dutch, French, Spanish, and German Wikipedia … the English Wikipedia, however, tells a different date of marriage … no idea why
12 June 2015
Egon Schiele – Seated Woman with Bent Knee
It’s Egon Schiele’s birthday today 125 years ago – that’s why we have chosen this painting as our Object of the Week – even though we don’t have it in the explorARTorium … reminds me to start working on that again …
10 June 2015
Jacques-Louis David – Napoleon at the St. Bernard Pass
A painting by Jacques-Louis David showing Napoleon Bonaparte riding is our Object of the Week. This comes rather nice these days, as it is 200 years by now after the Congress of Vienna with the new layout of Europe after Nepoleonic Wars.
Klemens Wenzel von Metternich served as the chairman of the Congress of Vienna … and since we have a portrait of Metternich painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence in the explorARTorium, a double Object of the Week is in order …
Sir Thomas Lawrence – Portrait of Klemens Wenzel von Metternich
27 May 2015
Lavinia Fontana – Minerva Dressing
21 May 2015
Henri Rousseau – The Dream
Honestly, I wanted to have this painting by Henri Rousseau as an Object of he Week since almost ages … and everytime I selected a different painting … Today, however, the painting gets online … it might be because today is Henri Rousseau’s 171th birthday … so, happy birthday!
By the way, I just found that there is a page in Wikipedia on this painting – just here – perhaps you want to read it … enjoy!
15 May 2015
Giovanni Battista Caracciolo – Salome
8 May 2015
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes – Nothing. The event will tell
Happy 8 May!
4 May 2015
Petrus Christus – Portrait of a Young Girl
If I am correct, this is the first Object of the Week painted by Petrus Christus, A flemish painter from Bruges. If you want to read more about the painting, a good starting point might be it’s page in Wikipedia … quite interesting, indeed!
24 April 2015
Caravaggio – Bacchus
Now that’s already a long time ago that we had a painting of Caravaggio as our Object of the Week – I had to change that!
Another reason for having this painting today is quite an interesting story about the fact that a tiny Caravaggio self-portrait was found in this painting … actually in the carafe of wine … read for yourself like here (in German) or here (in English) … how exciting! So, another reason for visiting Florence soon … hopefully
21 April 2015
Honoré Daumier – Mother
Let’s stay in France a bit longer with an Object of the Week painted by Honoré Daumier.
16 April 2015
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres – The Grand Odalisque
This is another icon of art history: The Grand Odalisque painted by Jean-August-Dominique Ingres. Honestly, this painting was prepared for an Object of the Week since … almost ages
But each time another painting got selected – until, yes, today!
The reason for today’s situation is quite bizarre: When I opened my Twitter client for my morning news session I came across this tweet … I wasn’t aware of this grey painting at all … just wow! I hope that you agree to a double Object of the Week!
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres – Odalisque in Grisaille
15 April 2015
Leonardo da Vinci – Vitruvian Man
On this day, back in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was born … so, happy birthday!!!
It’s an iconic image, indeed, you just need to find an Italian 1 Euro coin
8 April 2015
Gérard Douffet – Taking of Christ with the Malchus Episode
2 April 2015
Jaume Baço Jacomart – The Last Supper
Of course, there are various paintings in the explorARTorium that show scenes from the last supper,
we have chosen one painted by Jaume Baço Jacomart as our Object of the Week.
1 April 2015
Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne – Fools Have the Most Fun
23 March 2015
Abel Grimmer – Spring
Yes, it’s spring again at our end … and when you compare the painting of Abel Grimmer with the situation in
Vienna’s Volksgarten this early morning, you might conclude that the tasks are still quite similar … enjoy the sunshine!
19 March 2015
Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Pearl Earring
Again a painting by Johannes Vermeer as our Object of the Week. You might know this painting – or at least it’s title – it’s a truly iconic image in art history.
12 March 2015
Gustave Courbet – Pipe
The third time we have a painting by Gustave Courbet as an Object of the Week. This painting is entitled Pipe.
What I actually find great about this painting is it’s tag – simply l – there is probably no better way to describe this painting
8 March 2015
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo – A Girl and her Duenna
22 February 2015
Corneille de Lyon – A Young Lady
That’s a nice portrait by Corneille de Lyon … enjoy this day!
15 February 2015
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez – The Immaculate Conception
The Immaculate Conception, a Spanish topic in painting, in a version of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez from the time when he was in Seville prior to his time at the royal court of Philip IV in Madrid. This painting was in Vienna during the last couple of weeks as part of the brilliant Velázquez exhibition at KHM that, sadly, has its final day today …
Believe it or not, this absolutely beautiful painting has received no tags at all in the explorARTorium – I hope you want to change that!
8 February 2015
Guido Reni – St Jerome
Next time you are in Vienna, you can explore the original at the Kunsthistorisches Museum … highly recommended!
1 February 2015
Thomas Gainsborough – Portrait of a Lady in Blue
What a beautiful big hair portrait painted by Thomas Gainsborough … wow!
29 January 2015
Dante Gabriel Rossetti – Ecce Ancilla Domini!
Honestly, quite often when I come across this painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, I think something like “oh, that might be a nice Object of the Week” … and then I come across another painting …
Today is different … I just include this one … perhaps you are also interested to read about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood where Dante Gabriel Rossetti was one of the founders.
26 January 2015
John Glover – A Corroboree in Van Diemen’s Land
This painting by John Glover has quite an interesting title … honestly I had absolutely no idea about what a corroboree actually is … do you?
Van Diemen’s Land is clearer, to me at least – that’s the old name of the island nowadays called Tasmania … truly a beautiful part of Australia …
Apart from that, it’s 26 January today … enjoy Australia Day!
22 January 2015
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes – Tío Paquete
It’s time for another painting by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes as an Object of the Week. The painting is entitled Tío Paquete and it’s home is the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. So, if you are around don’t forget to visit this museum …
On the website of the museum you can find this information about the painting:
The subject of this canvas can be identified from the inscription that was previously on the reverse and which read “El célebre ciego fijo” [The famous local blind man]. This inscription is known from written accounts and was lost when the canvas was lined after 1887. Tío Paquete was a well known blind man in Madrid who was to be found in the area of the church of San Felipe el Real and was known not only for his blindness but also for his skills as a singer and guitarist. Regarding its early provenance, the canvas belonged to Goya’s grandson Mariano Goya y Goicoechea. It was subsequently in the collection of the Count of Doña Marina, at which date it was included in an exhibition on Goya held in Madrid in 1900, organised by the Ministry of Public Education and Fine Arts. The painting was then in the collection of the Marquis de Heredia, its last known owner before it entered the Rohoncz collection in 1935. It was included in the Collection’s catalogue of 1937 and between 1959 and 1960 was featured in the exhibition of works from the Collection held in Rotterdam and Essen.
On the grounds of its colour, technique and subject matter the canvas has been dated close to the time of the famous “Black Paintings”, executed for Goya’s house near the Puente de Segovia, Madrid, and known as the Quinta del Sordo. The house was purchased by Goya on 27 February 1819 and donated to his grandson Mariano on 17 September 1823. Now in the Museo del Prado, the fourteen mural paintings that adorned the walls of this two-storey structure were removed and transferred to new supports by Salvador Martínez Cubells, at that point the Prado’s restorer, on the instructions of Baron Émile d’Erlanger, owner of the house in the latter part of the 19th century.
Goya here focuses all our attention on the figure’s broad, round face that powerfully emerges from the dark background, occupying almost all the picture space. The head is tilted to one side and is painted with heavy impasto and a markedly free type of brushstroke that creates the details of this fantastical but realistically depicted character through broad patches of pigment. This realism, which borders on crudeness, extends to the figure’s sightless eyes that can just be made out through his almost closed eyelids. This rigorously objective presentation is also evident in the stubby nose with its large nostrils, thick, coarse lips and almost toothless mouth. Seemingly presented as laughing ironically, Tío Paquete’s head with its blurred features and ambiguous expression is an important example of Goya’s final style. It can be compared to one of the women in the canvas entitled Two Women and a Man, from the “Black Paintings”, although that figure’s expression and laughing face are more disturbing than the present image.
And since we also have Goya’s painting Two Women and a Man in the collection of the explorARTorium it’s time for a double Object of the Week!
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes – Two Women and a Man
13 January 2015
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky – The Ninth Wave
It’s been some time since our last Object of the Week of a Russian painter – today we have a painting by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky – perhaps not quite a scene I would like to participate in with – but I definitely like the colours of the sky!
7 January 2015
Sofonisba Anguissola – Self-Portrait
Happy New Year 2015 with a painting by Sofonisba Anguissola!
31 December 2014
Dirck Hals – A Merry Company Making Music
Finally, end of 2014 with a painting by Dirck Hals – enjoy your celebrations and have a great New Year 2015!
26 December 2014
Anthony van Dyck – Double Portrait of the Painter Frans Snyders and his Wife
This happens when having time and nothing really serious to do … opening a rather very old computer and clicking around the explorARTorium … coming across this painting by Anthony van Dyck … reading it’s title … checking if there are paintings of Frans Snyders around … and finding a couple of them … like that one
Frans Snyders – Cook with Food
22 December 2014
El Greco – The Nativity
With this painting of El Greco showing what will be celebrated soon we wish you right now a very happy festive season!
19 December 2014
Caravaggio – Basket of Fruit
Honestly, it’s already quite long ago that we had a painting of Caravaggio as an Object of the Week – and we absolutely rarely have a still-life as an Object of the Week … Hence, we are very happy that today we have both
15 December 2014
Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen – Self-Portrait
Well, that must be a sign … Dieter saw this self-portrait of Jacob Cornelisz van Oostanen a couple of times today when clicking through the explorARTorium … it seems as is this painting really begged to be an Object of the Week – and now it is
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes – Maja and Celestina
It’s a nice date today – at least in the US version of writing the date – time for an Object of the Week painted by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes – enjoy!
11 December 2014
Pieter Brueghel the Younger – Adoration of the Magi
Honestly, that’s perhaps my favourite Adoration of the Magi scenes … The painter, Pieter Breughel the Younger, transferred the religious topic into a Flemish genre scene showing live in a small town. Finally, in the lower left of the painting you may find the religious scene giving the painting its title …
5 December 2014
Hendrick Terbrugghen – The Calling of St Matthew
Of course, this painting obviously demands a double Object of the Week as we also have Caravaggio’s painting of the same scene in the explorARTorium … enjoy!
Caravaggio – The Calling of Saint Matthew
30 November 2014
Hans Memling – Advent and the Triumph of Christ
Today we have the first sunday in this year’s advent – enjoy it with a painting by Hans Memling!
By the way – there are no tags for this painting in the explorARTorium so far – perhaps you might want to change that … thank you!
25 November 2014
Nicolas Régnier – Cardsharps and Fortune Teller
Probably the most Caravaggesque painting that Dieter saw in the Szépművészeti Múzeum of Budapest is that one painted by Nicolas Régnier. Actually, I found his biography according to English Wikipedia quite interesting: “Nicolas Régnier [...] was a Flemish painter and art collector, active in Italy during the Baroque period”. You may find a quite similar statement in Régnier’s biography according to the German Wikipedia. Hence, it seems as if there is an error in the explorARTorium where Régnier is called a French painter … interestingly, however, in the French Wikipedia Régnier is also called a French painter … as also in the painter’s biography according to the Russian Wikipedia … If you are interested, you might also want to access the Wikipedia page on Maubeuge, the city were Régnier was born, for some clarification.
24 November 2014
El Greco – Mary Magdalen in Penitence
Last weekend we visited the Szépművészeti Múzeum in Budapest and found this Mary Magdalen painted by El Greco there! Actually, for whatever reason, Dieter expected to find a painting by Caravaggio in this Museum … ok, the visit was not quite well planned in advance … but it’s a nice museum anyway
13 November 2014
Hippolyte Flandrin – Pietà
With this painting by Hippolyte Flandrin we end the series of Pietàs … probably
12 November 2014
Michelangelo Buonarroti – Pietà
Let’s continue our Object of the Week with another Pietà, this time one by Michelangelo Buonarroti – yes, the one of San Pietro in Rome. Of course, it’s a rare sculpture in our series of Objects of the Week, the second one if I just counted correctly
In our art history lectures the lecturers regularly talk about the concept of paragone – a discussion during Italian renaissance which form of art (i.e. painting, sculpture, architecture) is superior …
Decide for yourself … there are enough examples in the explorARTorium … like the one by El Greco …
El Greco – Pietà
5 November 2014
Annibale Carracci – Pietà
20 October 2014
Gustave Courbet – The Studio of the Painter
So, we are back in France during the 19th century with a painting by Gustave Courbet showing the studio of the painter. You can see the painter sitting right in front of a canvas painting … and a huge crowd of other people in his studio …
Interestingly, there are two other paintings in the collection of the explorARTorium having the same title, so let’s step back in time …
Pierre Subleyras – The Studio of the Painter
Roughly a century older is the painting by Pierre Subleyras … far less other people are present in the studio …
Giorgio Vasari – The Studio of the Painter
Another hundred years earlier we can have look into the studio of Giorgio Vasari. That’s the person who wrote a famous book which is considered as the first important book on art history: Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.
10 October 2014
Valentin de Boulogne – Judith and Holofernes
Yes, it’s time for another painting showing Judith beheading Holofernes – this time painted by Valentin de Boulogne – enjoy!
By the way, this is already the ninth Judith in our Object of the Week section … it may seem as if we like this story, somehow
1 October 2014
Adrian Ludwig Richter – Pool in the Riesengebirge
I guess that I came across this painting by Adrian Ludwig Richter because of the tag “wandern” (that’s German of course, it translates roughly to “hiking”) …
According to Wikipedia, Adrian Ludwig Richter is “the most popular, and in many ways the most typical German illustrator of the middle of the 19th century. His work is as typically German and homely as are the fairy-tales of Grimm.” Honestly, I didn’t know this painter before …
24 September 2014
Albrecht Altdorfer – “Schöne Maria”
We are back in the time of the renaissance in Germany with a painting by Albrecht Altdorfer. Honestly, I was quite surprised when I read the title of this painting … I wasn’t aware that there are paintings with German titles in the explorARTorium …
18 September 2014
Joseph Mallord William Turner- The ‘Fighting Temeraire’ tugged to her Last Berth to be broken up
Landscapes are quite rare in our Object of the Week, actually I don’t really know why. Anyway, today we have one painted by Joseph Mallord William Turner.
The painter is from England and the painting shows a ship – might be interesting to analyse the paintings contained in the explorARTorium if there is a bias towards this fact observable …
Actually, I came across this painting based on a post of jvermaire on Instagram … nice!
4 September 2014
Frans Hals – The Laughing Cavalier
That’s a really great portrait painted by Frans Hals …
I planned to have it as an Object of the Week quite long ago, however, always found another painting to put here instead … and finally, I got reminded on this portrait by a post on Instagram … so, now here it is – enjoy!
26 August 2014
Johannes Vermeer – A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman
That's really a long time since we had a painting by Johannes Vermeer as an Object of the Week!
When you access his page on Wikipedia you will get to know the following:
Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.
Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours and sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for lapis lazuli and Indian yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.
Vermeer painted mostly domestic interior scenes. “Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women.
Recognized during his lifetime in Delft and The Hague, his modest celebrity gave way to obscurity after his death; he was barely mentioned in Arnold Houbraken’s major source book on 17th-century Dutch painting (Grand Theatre of Dutch Painters and Women Artists), and was thus omitted from subsequent surveys of Dutch art for nearly two centuries. In the 19th century, Vermeer was rediscovered by Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Théophile Thoré-Bürger, who published an essay attributing sixty-six pictures to him, although only thirty-four paintings are universally attributed to him today. Since that time, Vermeer’s reputation has grown, and he is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.
Dieter saw the painting during his last visit to Berlin at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – and a copy of this painting is right behind his chair in his office – thanks, Max!
18 August 2014
François Gérard – Madame Récamier
If you are a constant follower of our Object of the Week you might have realized that this painting can be seen in the background of Prince Augustus of Prussia – just scroll down to 8 November 2012 …
1 August 2014
Caspar David Friedrich – Two Men by the Sea
Honestly, I would like to stand at the sea and watch the waves during the coming weekend – just like in this painting by Caspar David Friedrich … however, I’ll be around in Vienna instead ;-(
25 July 2014
John Henry Fuseli – Silence
17 July 2014
Giorgione – Sleeping Venus
Tiziano Vecellio – The Venus of Urbino
15 July 2014
Caravaggio – The Incredulity of Saint Thomas
Yes, you are right, we already had this painting by Caravaggio showing Thomas checking the wounds of Jesus as an Object of the Week on 15 April 2012 – you just need to scroll down a bit …
However, the painting is brilliant – and this time we saw it during a visit to Berlin last week – actually the painting is in the Sanssouci Picture Gallery of Potsdam – probably not one of my favourite museums because of the rather tiny room and the way how the paintings are on display … just see for yourself …
Back in Berlin I was surprised just how many Trabant cars are still in operation
8 July 2014
Master of Flémalle – Portrait of a Woman
That is definitely one of the nicest portraits we have. It was painted during the early 15th century by a painter referred to as Master of Flémalle, who is now believed to be Robert Campin …
7 July 2014
Giuseppe Arcimboldo – Summer
Ok, this is the first Object of the Week painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo – the chances are high, I guess, that you know this sort of painting.
In any way, it’s summer right now – enjoy!
25 June 2014
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez – Portrait of Philip IV
OK, that is obvious – another family member – portrayed by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez. If you are interested, Philip IV was the father of Charles II … so, he was the last but one Habsburg king of Spain …
24 June 2014
Claudio Coello – King Charles II
And if you are interested in a nice collection of Habsburg chins, try this
13 June 2014
Valentin de Boulogne – David with the Head of Goliath and Two Soldiers
4 June 2014
Marie-Constance Mayer – The Sleep of Venus and Cupid
We stay in France and show a painting by Marie-Constance Mayer. The article on wikipedia says that she had a brilliant but bitter career. Her life ended with a suicide – she cut her throat with the razor of Pierre-Paul Prud’hon
Pierre-Paul Prud’hon – The Empress Josephine
So, we have a double Object of the Week this time. If you have a look at the tags for this painting of Empress Josephine in the explorARTorium you’ll find Napoleon – definitely one of my favourite tags …
28 May 2014
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres – Princess de Broglie
This week we have another portrait as an Object of the Week – and it’s our first painting by Jean-Augste-Dominique Ingres.
Although portraiture was a genre he increasingly came to dislike, Ingres depicted many of the leading personalities of his day. This splendid painting of Joséphine-Eléonore-Marie-Pauline de Galard de Brassace de Béarn, princesse de Broglie, is his last commissioned portrait of a female sitter. The princesse, a member of the most cultivated circles of the Second Empire, was renowned for her great beauty as well as her reserve, both qualities captured in this portrait. Ingres’s facility for brilliantly transcribing the material quality of objects is seen in the rich satin and lace of the sitter’s gown, the silk damask upholstery, and the richly embroidered evening scarf draped across the chair. Also rendered in exquisite detail are the princesse’s sumptuous jewels, which include the fashionable antique-inspired pendant around her neck.
The Princesse de Broglie died of consumption at the age of thirty-five. Her bereaved husband kept this portrait behind draperies in perpetual tribute to her memory. It remained in the family until shortly before it was acquired by Robert Lehman and retains the original, ornately carved frame that Ingres himself selected.
19 May 2014
Friedrich Bury – Countess Luise von Voss
A portrait painted by Friedrich Bury is our Object of the Week.
7 May 2014
Hugo van der Goes – The Death of the Virgin
Well, this seems to be our first Object of the Week painted by Hugo van der Goes …
This painting is contained twice in the explorARTorium, so we have a double Object of the Week …
Hugo van der Goes – The Death of the Virgin
Perhaps you watched the talk by Gunther Reisinger that we mentioned on 25 April 2014 – it comes to my mind when comparing both images …
2 May 2014
Jean Fouquet – Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels
We stay in the time of the renaissance with the french painter Jean Fouquet. He travelled to Tuscany and got influenced by paintings of the early Italian renaissance artists.
25 April 2014
Albrecht Dürer – Young Hare
That is the second painting by Albrecht Dürer as an Object of the Week, again one with you can see in Vienna, at the Albertina to be precise.
Actually, these days you can see it twice, a replica on the stairs to the museum, and of course the original in the museum
A couple of years ago I heard an interesting talk on this painting at the 10th birthday meeting of Prometheus, the talk by Gunther Reisinger is entitled “Dürers bunte Hasen oder Kunstwissenschaftliche Quellenkritik im Digitalen” – if you are interested, is is still available here …
22 April 2014
El Greco – Laokoön
The mythological story of Laokoön is that he and his sons finally get strangled by sea serpents sent as a punishment by the gods because of his warnings about the Trojan horse. You can find the Trojan horse also in this painting, just have a look!
Interestingly, the city in the background of this painting actually is the city of Toledo in Spain …
18 April 2014
Peter Paul Rubens – The Lamentation
So, enjoy your Easter break … and if you are near Vienna, perhaps you find time to see this painting in its museum habitat!
14 April 2014
Caravaggio – Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
If you are interested, here you’ll find a page in Wikipedia on this painting … here you will learn the following (amongst other things of course):
It is the only work by Caravaggio to bear the artist’s signature, which he has placed in red blood spilling from the Baptist’s cut throat.
7 April 2014
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez – Las Meninas or The Family of Philip IV
Honestly, I am more than just surprised that until now we haven’t had Las Meninas painted by Diego Velázquez as an Object of the Week – it’s definitely one of my favorite paintings of all times … and more importantly, it’s regarded as a central piece in the oeuvre of Velázquez … you might want to read the page in Wikipedia describing this painting …
The painter is obviously Velázquez himself, the small girl is Infanta Margarita Teresa. Velazquez painted her some times, like here for example, you will find some paintings of her in the KHM in Vienna. In the mirror on the wall you see Philip IV of Spain and his wife Mariana of Austria, the parents of Margarita Teresa.
Don’t miss to see the painting in real at the Prado in Madrid.
Addendum 6 November 2014:
If you are in Vienna, don’t miss the Velázquez exhibition at KHM – Les Meninas are there, too
3 April 2014
Ercole de’ Roberti – Portrait of Ginevra Bentivoglio
So, we are back in the time of the Italian Renaissance with a painting by Ercole de’ Roberti.
On this portrait we see Ginevra Bentifoglio – quite an interesting person, just have a read of the page in Wikipedia on her …
Since we also have the portrait of her second husband, Giovanni II Bentivoglio, in the explorARTorium, a double Object of the Week is in oder!
Ercole de’ Roberti – Portrait of Giovanni II Bentivoglio
1 April 2014
Francisco de Zurbarán – St Francis
When you see this painting in the explorARTorium you will realize that the painting got tagged with Hamlet and Sein oder Nichtsein (to be or not to be) … quite reasonable indeed!
Apart from that and unrelated to the painting: Happy April fools’ Day
28 March 2014
Sandro Botticelli – Primavera
26 March 2014
Cornelius Gijsbrechts – Reverse side of a painting
Well, I thought, perhaps you have never seen the back side of a painting. So, perhaps you have no idea as to how a painting looks on its reverse side. Thanks to Cornelius Gijsbrechts we can show it to you – enjoy!
20 March 2014
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller – Early Spring in the Wienerwald
Honestly, winter is gone
Let’s celebrate the start of spring with a painting by Austrian Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller …
17 March 2014
Tiziano Vecellio – Man with the Blue Sleeve
A beautiful portrait painted early by Tiziano Vecellio is our Object of the Week.
Just have a look at the right arm of this person … it gives an impression as if the person is really sitting in front of us …
14 March 2014
Michelangelo Buonarroti – Judith and Holofernes
If I am not completely wrong then this is the first Object of the Week painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti – it took us quite some time to get here
It is another painting showing Judith and Holofernes … in this case quite some time after the beheading … and if you want to see the original you have to visit Rome and go to the Sistine Chapel, enjoy!
10 March 2014
Pieter Bruegel the Elder – The Tower of Babel
This painting is definitely one of my favorites by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. We see an enormous building site, now wonder, it’s the building site of the Tower of Babel … and if you have a look at the lower left part of the painting, you’ll discover a group of high visitors …
8 March 2014
Angelika Kauffmann – Portrait of a Young Woman
5 March 2014
Lucas Cranach the Elder – Salome
That’s really great – the same painter, Lucas Cranach the Elder, yet this time a different woman with a man’s head, Salome … the head, by the way, is that of John the Baptist … a theme quite often painted …
3 March 2014
Lucas Cranach the Elder – Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Today we are back in the time of the German renaissance with a painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder showing Judith with the head of Holofernes.
Perhaps you want to watch the Smarthistory video on this painting – as always, a great video, enjoy!
25 February 2014
Hendrick Averkamp – A Scene on the Ice
We have chosen another painting by Hendrick Averkamp – this time it’s even more obvious!
Perhaps you have watched the winter olympics in Sochi last sunday … the finals in ice hockey … Canada won (just to tell you in case you missed it) … and now, when looking at this painting … what do you see?
Yes – ice hockey sticks – in a Dutch painting of the early 17th century … the clothing of the players is different of course
20 February 2014
Hendrick Averkamp – Winter Landscape with Skaters
Oh – that’s a nice Dutch winter scene with many skaters painted by Hendrick Averkamp – definitely a must for an Object of the Week … take it as an hommage for the many Dutch medals at the Olympics in Sochi in Speed Skating
17 February 2014
Kazimir Malevich – Black Square
14 February 2014
Ippolito Caffi – Snow and Fog on the Grand Canal
Wow – that looks really cold and snowy – quite unexpected for Venice – at least Dieter hasn’t seen it yet in a way as shown by Ippolito Caffi.
He found this painting while clicking through the explorARTorium in Carinthia where he wasn’t allowed to ski because of a broken elbow when the country around him looked like that …
31 January 2014
John Henry Fuseli – Ezzelin and Meduna
Some days ago I came across this painting by John Henry Fuseli and I liked it immediately!
I searched for some description of the painting and found a page of the Art Gallery of NSW:
Fuseli’s most perverse and spinechilling subjects were often those which he invented himself rather than derived from literary sources. The story of the crusader, Ezzelin Bracciafero, who killed his wife Meduna on his return from the Crusades because of her infidelity, was a figment of the artist’s imagination.
29 January 2014
Caravaggio – Supper at Emmaus
Caravaggio – Supper at Emmaus
When you start to compare both paintings, you’ll soon discover that in one version Jesus is shown with a beard and without one in the other version … quite an interesting detail thinking about the story behind the Supper at Emmaus where Jesus is said to have appeared in “different form” to two disciples (see Gospel of Mark 16:12).
By the way, Dieter managed to see the second of the paintings at Accademia Brera in Milan – for the other one a trip to London is necessary … soon, hopefully
24 January 2014
John Glover – The Artist’s House and Garden
So, after a still-life we have a landscape painting by John Glover … another rare image category as an Object of the Week
When you have a look at the description of John Glover in Wikipedia you will realize that he is English and moved to Australia – to Tasmania is fact … and since it is Australia Day on sunday, 26 January, that’s a nice way to wish you happy celebrations … and great fireworks
21 January 2014
Samuel van Hoogstraten – Tromp-l’oeil Still-Life
If I’m not completely mistaken then this painting by Samuel van Hoogstraten is our first still-life as an Object of the Week … it was about time
If you are thinking about the title of the painting … a tromp l’oeil is the name of an art technique that create the optical illusion that depicted objects exist in three dimensions …
17 January 2014
François-Guillaume Ménageot – The Death of Leonardo da Vinci in the Arms of Francis I
Well, that’s quite an interesting painting of François-Guillaume Ménageot. If you have accessed the Wikipedia page of Leonardo da Vinci with our previous Object of the Week than you might remember the fact that Leonardo spent the last three years of his life in France. Vasari recorded the legend that the French king held Leonardo’s head in his arms as he died … and it’s exactly this legend that is shown in this painting …
15 January 2014
Leonardo da Vinci – La belle Ferronière
Honestly, that’s quite interesting – we have a painting of Leonardo da Vinci as an Object of the Week today – basically, it’s the first Leonardo we show here – well, that took us quite some time
The painting shows a beautiful renaissance portrait of a woman … of whom is not known … if you are interested, there is a Wikipedia page recording some possibilities …
By the way, as of now this painting has no tags in the explorARTorium … you might want to change that … thanks!
13 January 2014
Simon Vouet – The Fortune Teller
The fortune teller is a often shown topic in genre painting. As a typical example consider this one painted by Simon Vouet. When you examine the painting closely, you might realize that the man on the far right actually just grabs into the bag of the fortune teller at that very moment … bad luck indeed!
10 January 2014
Jan Davidsz. de Heem – Student in his Study
Lots of paper on the table, not reading though, looking into the far deep space beyond instead …
No, I’m not describing my own situation right now but rather this painting by Jan Davidsz. de Heem …
Wikipedia tells us: “De Heem was one of the greatest painters of still life in the Netherlands, combining a brilliance and harmony of colour along with an accurate rendering of objects: flowers, in all their variety; European and tropical fruits; lobsters and oysters; butterflies and moths; stone and metal; snails and sea shells.” For sure, there are some of his still lives in the explorARTorium … just have a look … like here for example
8 January 2014
Caravaggio – The Crowning with Thorns
Well, that was a brilliant start to the day at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien – instead of the office
As usual, we spent quite some time in front of Caravaggio, especially this Crowning with Thorns.
One detail I like a lot is the beard of Jesus – it’s shown in amazing detail in this painting …
… you have to believe me, I only had my mobile on me to capture a photo …
7 January 2014
Domenico Feti – Sleeping Girl
Welcome in 2014 with a painting by Domenico Feti! Perhaps you feel like that girl … a bit tired
31 December 2013
Ippolito Caffi – Nocturnal Celebrations in Via Eugenia at Venice
Happy New Year 2014 – enjoy your celebrations – and perhaps it looks similar as in our painting by Ippolito Caffi!
29 December 2013
Guido Reni – Atalanta and Hippomenes
Guido Reni painted this scene of Atalanta and Hippomenes. Atalanta, a greek heroine, was able to run faster than anybody else. Hippomenes prayed to Aphrodite who gave him three golden apples. During the run Hippomenes dropped the apples, Atalanta stopped to collect them, and Hippomenes finally won the race. So they got married.
In the painting, Reni shows Atalanta collecting an apple. The sheer speed of their race is captured in flowing draperies …
20 December 2013
Caravaggio – Nativity with St Francis and St Lawrence
Well, that’s about to happen soon – and since I don’t know if I have access to the Web during the next days … it’s better to show it a bit early
What will happen is depicted by Caravaggio, probably my favourite painter … who was the subject of my favourite lecture at University of Vienna about three years ago.
There is a page on this painting in Wikipedia … no wonder, the painting got stolen in October 1969 … and it’s still not found …
19 December 2013
Pieter Bruegel the Elder – Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
It must have been much more than a year ago that I found this painting of Pieter Bruegel the Elder while clicking through the explorARTorium – and I still love it … I don’t know exactly why, probably it’s because of its colours.
If you are interested, there is also a page in Wikipedia on this painting … just here
And if you would like to see another painting with the same title but with a more colourful appearance … we have several paintings entitled Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery … like the following one painted by Lorenzo Lotto at about the same time period.
Lorenzo Lotto – Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
18 December 2013
Rogier van der Weyden – Portrait of a Woman
Honestly, that’s a painting more or less for me, I simply love the paintings of Rogier van der Weyden!
17 December 2013
Jean-Léon Gérôme – Duel after a Masked Ball
A scene like in a movie, a masked ball, people dancing and celebrating, two leaving to have a duel, dark and snowy in the woods, one person finally dies – a portion of this scene is shown by Jean-Léon Gérôme in this painting …
16 December 2013
Hieronymus Bosch – The Magician
You might know the scene shown in the painting by Hieronymus Bosch … but have you seen that one person is about to steal the money of another person?
13 December 2013
Valentin de Boulogne – The Four Ages of Man
12 December 2013
Bernardo Bellotto – View of Vienna from the Belvedere
Honestly, I didn’t know that we have a painting in the explorARTorium showing a view from the Belvedere in Vienna … at least until I found the one painted by Bernardo Bellotto while clicking through images recently …
Actually, Dieter visited the Belvedere last weekend – just compare these images
Jacques-Louis David – The Death of Marat
Today we have another Object of the Week painted by Jacques-Louis David showing the dead Marat in his bathtub.
In the Wikipedia page about Jacques-Louis David the following is said about The Death of Marat:
On 13 July 1793, David’s friend Marat was assassinated by Charlotte Corday with a knife she had hidden in her clothing. She gained entrance to Marat’s house on the pretense of presenting him a list of people who should be executed as enemies of France. Marat thanked her and said that they would be guillotined next week upon which Corday immediately fatally stabbed him. She was guillotined shortly thereafter. Corday was of an opposing political party, whose name can be seen in the note Marat holds in David’s subsequent painting, The Death of Marat. Marat, a member of the National Assembly and a journalist, had a skin disease that caused him to itch horribly. The only relief he could get was in his bath over which he improvised a desk to write his list of suspect counter-revolutionaries who were to be quickly tried and, if convicted, guillotined. David once again organized a spectacular funeral, and Marat was buried in the Panthéon. Marat’s body was to be placed upon a Roman bed, his wound displayed and his right arm extended holding the pen which he had used to defend the Republic and its people. This concept was to be complicated by the fact that the corpse had begun to putrefy. Marat’s body had to be periodically sprinkled with water and vinegar as the public crowded to see his corpse prior to the funeral on 15 and 16 July. The stench became so bad however that the funeral had to be brought forward to the evening of 16 July. The Death of Marat, perhaps David’s most famous painting, has been called the Pietà of the revolution. Upon presenting the painting to the convention, he said “Citizens, the people were again calling for their friend; their desolate voice was heard: David, take up your brushes.., avenge Marat… I heard the voice of the people. I obeyed.” David had to work quickly, but the result was a simple and powerful image.
Nach Robespierres Sturz wurde das Gemälde aus dem Palais Bourbon entfernt, David musste es jahrelang versteckt halten, um eine Zerstörung zu verhindern. Spätere französische Regierungen weigerten sich zweimal (1826 und 1837), das Bild zu kaufen, ein Neffe Davids vermachte es 1893 dem Königlichen Museum in Brüssel, wo der Maler auch seinen Lebensabend verbracht hatte.
This roughly says that David had to hide this painting to avoid its destruction. Later, two French governments refused to buy the painting in 1826 and 1837. It was finally given to the Royal Museum in Brussels where Jacques-Louis David lived in the last part of his life.
10 December 2013
Sofonisba Anguissola – Bernardino Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola
This is a painting by Sofonisba Anguissola as the Object of the Week. It shows a man painting a woman. As soon as you read the title of this painting … it gets mind twisting
9 December 2013
Jan de Bray – The Regents of the Children’s Orphanage in Haarlem
So, today we are back in the Dutch Golden Age with a painting by Jan de Bray showing a group of dignified men sitting around a table. All in black clothes and black heads – and each man is wearing (at least) a moustache
6 December 2013
El Greco – St Jerome as a Scholar
The topic of today’s Object of the Week is the epic beard
We have chosen two representatives that are tagged with rauschebart (which roughly means epic beard) … there are still three others in the explorARTorium … just have a look
Tiziano Vecellio – Portrait of Pietro Cardinal Bembo
5 December 2013
François Stroobant – Ruins of the Abbey of Villers
Oh, that’s really a dark painting by François Stroobant – as if it’s a winter scene in the ruins of the Abbey of Villers.
If you don’t agree just compare it to the scene of today in the City of Vienna as shown below … another winter scene …
4 December 2013
Giulia Lama – Judith and Holofernes
Great, I just came across this painting of Judith and Holofernes by Giulia Lama again. I found if about a year ago by pure chance. The reason might have been preparations for a talk on tags with the explorARTorium – but honestly, I can’t remember
When you compare this painting with the other paintings showing Judith and Holofernes (you just need to scroll down on this page a bit) you will recognize why Giulia Lama’s painting is somehow special … there is no sword shown …
If you know other paintings showing Judith and Holofernes without a sword, please, let us know!
As a side remark, Giulia Lama is quite interesting as an example to compare different language versions of Wikipedia … take the Netherlands version for example … their article on Giulia Lama starts with “Over haar is weinig bekend.” (roughly translates to “little is known about her”) … oh, how interesting
2 December 2013
Orazio Gentileschi – Madonna
That’s definitely one of my favorite paintings at the moment. It shows a rather quiet scene of a woman holding a little child on her lap. The little child seems to play with the clothes of the woman. Both seem to enjoy their presence together.
This painting was done by Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia’s father. It may seem as if I have some gravity towards the Gentilschis recently; I hope you don’t mind