Day: 20 July 2015

PREVIOUS: CONSTABLE – STRATFORD MILL Claude Monet: The Gare St Lazare: 1877 This picture is an urban Parisian scene rather than a rural view, but it is as much a landscape as Constable’s idyllic Suffolk countryside. Instead of the trees we see lampposts which lead the eye into the background. The sky is the roof […]
PREVIOUS: TURNER – THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE John Constable: Stratford Mill: 1820 We think of Constable’s landscapes as classic images of the English countryside, almost ‘chocolate boxy’ they’ve been reproduced so often, but when they were painted they were thought of as radical and daring, every bit as innovative and untraditional as Turner. This is Stratford […]
PREVIOUS: CARAVAGGIO – THE SUPPER AT EMMAUS Francois-Hubert Drouais: Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame: 1763-4 This is Madame de Pompadour. Erstwhile mistress to Louis XV of France – renowned beauty, wit and patron of the arts. The heavy silk curtain swirls around and its line is taken up in the rich white silk […]
PREVIOUS: VELAZQUEZ – PHILIP IV IN BROWN AND SILVER Anthony van Dyck: Equestrian Portrait of Charles I: 1637-8 The first thing that strikes you about this painting is the sheer size of it – it’s 12′ by 9′ (that’s over three and a half metres tall by nearly 3 metres wide). It was done to impress – […]
PREVIOUS: TITIAN – BACCHUS AND ARIADNE Rembrandt: The Woman Taken in Adultery: 1644 This is a religious painting by the Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenzoon van Rijn. It’s one of the foundation acquisitions of the Gallery, being part of the Angerstein collection that formed the basis of the National Gallery in 1824. We see a scene […]
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