Tag: diadem

Portrait of Isabella Brant (c.1620-1625)

Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640) Portrait of Isabella Brant c.1620–1625 Oil on wood, 53 x 46 cm Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Isabella Brant was Rubens’s first wife. He painted her many times in many different ways before she died at the…

Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume (1635)

Rembrandt (1606-1669) Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume 1635 Oil on canvas, 123.5 x 97.5 cm National Gallery, London Saskia van Uylenburgh, the daughter of a burgomaster of Leeuwarden in Friesland, was 23 years old and had been married to…

Night Watch (1642)

Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, Known as the ‘Night Watch’ Rembrandt (1606-1669) Night Watch 1642 Oil on canvas, 379.5 x 453.5 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Rembrandt‘s largest and most famous painting was made…

Musical Company (1626)

Rembrandt (1606-1669) Musical Company 1626 Oil on panel, 63.5 x 48 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam The subject of this painting is a mystery: is it an exhortation to praise God through singing and string music, or a scene of seduction with…

Bacchus and Ariadne (c.1680)

Lairesse, Gérard de (1641-1711) Bacchus and Ariadne c.1680 Oil on canvas, 175.2 x 92.5 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (on loan from Mauritshuis, The Hague) Ovid described the following scene in his Metamorphoses: on the island of Naxos, Bacchus, the god of wine, chances upon…

Apollo and Aurora (1671)

Lairesse, Gérard de (1641-1711) Apollo and Aurora 1671 Oil on canvas, 204.5 x 193.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Largely forgotten today, De Lairesse was celebrated in his lifetime as a painter and advocate for an idealizing manner based…

Morte di Cleopatra (after 1659)

Cagnacci, Guido (1601-1663) Morte di Cleopatra (The Death of Cleopatra) after 1659 Oil on canvas, 153 x 169 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Inscribed at the bottom right of the armrest support: GVIDO CAGNAZZI The last queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, let herself…

Lucca Madonna (c.1437)

Van Eyck, Jan (c.1390-1441) Lucca Madonna c.1437 Oil on panel, 65.5 × 149.5 cm Städel Museum, Frankfurt No other work by Jan van Eyck conveys a sense of such immediate intimacy between the viewer and the figures depicted as this painting.…

Dido building Carthage (1815)

Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851) Dido building Carthage 1815 Oil on canvas, 155.5 x 230 cm National Gallery, London Turner’s painting is based on the English seventeenth-century author and poet John Dryden’s translation of the Aeneid, the monumental Latin poem written by…

Marriage of Peleus and Thetis (1636-1638)

Jordaens, Jacob (1593-1678) Marriage of Peleus and Thetis 1636–1638 Oil on canvas, 181 x 288 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid As with the Rape of Hippodamia (P01658), this marriage scene was commissioned from Rubens as part of the mythological cycle drawn from…