Monthly Archives: December 2012

Vincent van Gogh, the Copyist. Part 2 – Delacroix’s Pietà

In my last blog I looked at how Vincent van Gogh had copied three Japanese woodcut prints and had incorporated his own inimitable style to his versions.  In my blog today I want to look at the versions he painted … Continue reading

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Vincent van Gogh, the copyist – Part 1 – Japonisme

“…good artists copy but great artists steal…” This was a quote attributed to Pablo Picasso and one supposes that his utterance referred to the fact that every artist is influenced by what has been done before or during their lifetime. … Continue reading

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Philosophy, a Self Portrait by Salvator Rosa

Today’s featured work is another self-portrait, this time by the 17th century Italian Baroque painter, poet and printmaker, Salvator Rosa.  Salvator Rosa was a man of many talents and possibly one of the most daring and inventive artists of the … Continue reading

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Self-portrait at the Easel Painting a Devotional Panel by Sofonisba Anguissola

Let me introduce you to a female artist, whom I am ashamed to admit, I had never heard of, but whom Giorgio Vasari, the Italian biographer of artists, made the following comment: “…[She] has shown greater application and better grace … Continue reading

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Desiderius Erasmus and Pieter Gillis by Quinten Massys

We are in the run-up to Christmas and many of us will be struggling to come up with ideas for the perfect gift for a beloved friend.  The problem is even further exacerbated if the friend is wealthy and wants … Continue reading

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La Fornarina by Raphael Sanzio

My Daily Art Display today features an Italian lady, Margarita Luti.  She became known as La Fornarina which in Italian means “the baker’s daughter”.  She was the daughter of Francesco Luti, a local baker from Siena who worked in the … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Man and His Wife by Ulrich Apt the Elder

My featured artist today is probably unknown to most of you as he was to me.  He is the late Gothic painter Ulrich Apt the Elder, who was born in Augsburg around 1460.  The work I am featuring today fascinated … Continue reading

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