Thursday, October 23, 2008

Timeless Masterpieces of The Great Masters- Van Gogh

The Starry Night (1889)

The Red Vineyard (1888)

The Night Cafe (1888)

The Old Mill (1888)

Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (1888)

The Cafe' Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night (1888)

The Cherry Tree (1888)

Self Portrait (1887)

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh (March 30, 1853 - July 29, 1890) was a Dutch Post- Impressionist artist. His paintings and drawings include some of the world's best known, most popular and most expensive pieces. Van Gogh spent his early adult life working for a firm of art dealers. He did not embark upon a career as an artist until 1880. Initially, van Gogh worked only with somber colors until he encountered Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism in Paris. He incorporated their brighter colors and style of painting into a uniquely recognizable style which was fully developed during the time he spent at Arles, France.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born in Goef-Zundert, a village close to Breda in the Province of North Brabant in the Southern Netherlands. While in Antwerp, he applied himself to the study of color theory and spent time looking at the works of Peter Paul Rubens, gaining encouragement to broaden his palette to carmine, cobalt and emerald green. In March 1886, he moved to Paris to study at Fernand Cormon's studio. It was not difficult to see and study Impressionist works in Paris at this time.

Van Gogh's depression deepened and on July 27, 1890 at the age of 37, he walked into the fields and shot himself in the chest with a revolver. Without realizing that he was fatally wounded, he returned to the Ravoux Inn where he died in bed two days later.

Tags: Timeless Masterpieces, Great Masters, Vincent van Gogh, Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, Netherlands, Depression, Suicide, Starry Night

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Timeless Masterpieces of The Great Masters- Rembrandt

The Night Watch (1642)

The Mill (1648)

The Abduction of Europa (1632)

Belshassar's Feast (1636- 1638)

The Polish Rider

Rembrandt's Son Titus as a Monk (1660)

Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee (1633)

Descent from the Cross (1634)

Abraham and Isaac (1634)

Self Portrait by Rembrandt (1661)


Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 - October 4, 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age.

Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, his later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardship. Yet his drawings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high and for tenty years he taught nearly every important Dutch painter.

In both painting and printmaking, he exhibited a complete knowledge of classical iconography, which he molded to fit the requirements of his own experience. Because of his empathy for the human condition, he has been called "one of the great prophets of civilization."

Throughout his career, Rembrandt took as his primary subjects themes of portraiture, landscape and narrative painting. For the last, he was especially praised by his contemporaries, who extolled him as a masterful interpreter of Biblical stories Sourcedfor his skill in representing emotions and attention to detail. Rembrandt died on October 4, 1669 at Amsterdam, Netherlands at the age of 63.

Tags: Timeless Masterpieces, Great Masters, Rembrandt, Narrative Painting, Dutch Golden Age, The Night Watch, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Friday, October 10, 2008

Timeless Masterpieces of The Great Masters- Bellini

Transfiguration of Christ (c.1487)

Naked Woman in Front of the Mirror

Pieta (1460) Tempera on panel

St. Francis on Ecstasy (1480)

The Feast of the Gods (c.1514)

Madonna and Child (c.1480)

St. Jerome (c.1455)

San Zaccaria Altarpiece (1505)

San Giobbe Altarpiece (c.1487)


Giovanni Bellini (c.1430 - 1516) was an Italian Renaissance painter, probably the best known of the Bellini family of Venetian painters. He is considered to have revolutionized Venetian painting, moving it towards a more sensuous and coloristic style. Through the use of clear, slow drying oil paints, Giovanni created deep rich tints and detailed shadings. His sumptuous coloring and fluent atmospheric landscapes had a great effect on the Venetian painting school, especially on his pupils Giorgione and Titian.

His paintings from his early period are all executed in the old tempera method: the scene is softened by a new and beautiful effect of romantic sunrise color. Bellini makes use of religious symbolism through elements such as grapevines and rocks. Yet his most important contribution to art lies in his experimentation with use of color and atmosphere in oil painting.

Tags: Timeless Masterpieces, Great Masters, Giovanni Bellini, Venetian Paintings, Tempera Paintings, Religious Symbolism

Sourced from: WIKIPEDIA

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Friday, October 3, 2008

Timeless Masterpieces of The Great Masters- Raphael

Self Portrait by Raphael
Missing since World War II

St. Catherine of Alexandria (1507)

Miraculous Draught of Fishes (1515)

Deposition of Christ (1507)

Saint George and the Dragon

Madonna of the Meadow (1506)

Sistine Madonna (1513-14)

Transfiguration (1520)

The Wedding of the Virgin


Raphael Sanzio, usually known by his first name alone (in Italian Raffaello) (April 6 or March 28, 1483- April 6, 1520) was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, celebrated for the perfection and grace of his paintings and drawings. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

Raphael was enormously productive and despite his early death at thirty seven, a large body of his works remain, especially in the Vatican. He was extremely influential in his lifetime, but after his death, the influence of his great rival Michelangelo was more widespread until the 18th and 19th centuries when his more serene and harmonious qualities were again regarded as the highest models.

Raphael was born in the small but artistically significant Central Italian city of Urbino in the Marche region where his father- Giovanni Santi was court painter to the Duke. Raphael led a "nomadic" life, working in various centers in Northern Italy, but spent a good deal of time in Florence, perhaps from about 1504. Raphael was able to assimilate the influence of Florentine art while keeping his own developing style. By the end of 1508, he had moved to Rome where he lived for the rest of his life. Raphael was the ideal balanced painter, universal in his talent, satisfying all the absolute standards and obeying all the rules which were supposed to govern the arts. The excellence of this extraordinary man lay in the propriety, beauty and majesty of his characters, his judicious contrivance of his composition, correctness of drawing, purity of taste and the skillful accomodation of other men's conceptions to his own purpose. He died on a Good Friday on April 6, 1520 at the age of 37.

Sourced at Wikipedia

Tags: Timeless Masterpieces, Great Masters, Raphael, Rennaisance, Arts,
Great Paintings

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

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