Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Red Roofs by Camille Pissarro (1877)

Camille Pissarro, the Impressionist painter of French descent, was born in 1830 on the island of St Thomas in the Danish West Indies.  At the age of twelve he went to Europe where he attended a Paris boarding school.  During … Continue reading

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The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck

Today’s painting in My Daily Art Display is one that art historians have written about probably more than any other with the exception, maybe, of Da Vinci’s Last Supper which of course received renewed speculation after Dan Brown’s novel. The … Continue reading

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Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder was born Lucas Sünder in Kronach, Franconia in 1472 but later changed his surname in honour of his German birthplace.  Moved to Vienna in 1501 where he stayed for three years during which time he painted … Continue reading

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The Seven Joys of the Virgin by Hans Memling

Hans Memling was born circa 1433 in Seligenstadt, a small town close to Frankfurt.  Although German by birth, after serving his apprenticeship in the Cologne/Mainz area he moved to the Netherlands where he is believed to have been worked under … Continue reading

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The School of Athens by Raphael

Raphael was commissioned by Pope Julius II in 1510 to decorate with frescos the walls of his private apartment, now known as the Stanze di Raffaello in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.  For Raphael, this must have been a … Continue reading

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The Doge Leonardo Loredan by Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni Bellini was born in Venice around 1430 and was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance.  He came from a family of artists.  His father was Jacopo Bellini, an artist, and Giovanni and his … Continue reading

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Susannah and the Elders by Guido Renni (1620-1625)

Guido Reni was born in Bologna on November 4th 1575.  He studied art from the age of nine as an apprentice under the Bolognese Studio of Denis Calvaert.  At the age of twenty he worked in the Accadmi degli Incamminati … Continue reading

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