Jeune femme pensive (1855-1860)

Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille (1796-1875) Jeune femme pensive (Pensive Young Woman) 1855–1860 Oil on panel mounted to plywood, 31.8 × 23.7 cm Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia While landscapes had become a more lucrative endeavor, Corot continued to paint figures in the studio, mostly out…

La Poésie dramatique (c.1896)

Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre (1824-1898) La Poésie dramatique (Dramatic Poetry, Aeschylus) c.1896 Oil on canvas, 124.1 x 63.2 cm Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia This painting is a scaled-down version of an enormous canvas—over 14 × 7 feet—that Puvis de Chavannes painted as…

Madonna col Bambino (3rd quarter of the 15th century)

Robbia, Luca della (1400-1482) Madonna col Bambino (Madonna and Child) 3rd quarter of the 15th century Terracotta and glazed clay, 53 × 38 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Emotional depictions of the Madonna for domestic worship were very popular in Florence in…

La Destruction du temple de Jérusalem (1635)

Poussin, Nicolas (1594-1665) La Destruction du temple de Jérusalem (The destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem) 1635 Oil on canvas, 147 × 198 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna The material is taken from Flavius Josephus’ Jewish War. Titus, the son of the…

The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausicaa (c.1630-1640)

Jordaens, Jacob (1593-1678) The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausicaa c.1630–1640 Oil on canvas, 117.5 x 194 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Jordaens was one of the most renowned and versatile Antwerp painters. Here he illustrates an episode from Homer’s Odyssey. Odysseus, naked and…