13/02/16

Johannes Vermeer | Officer and Laughing Girl /Il Soldato con ragazza sorridente, ca. 1657


Officer and Laughing Girl, also known as Officer and a Laughing Girl, Officer With a Laughing Girl or De Soldaat en het Lachende Meisje, was painted by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer between 1655 and 1660. It was painted in oil on canvas, typical of most Dutch artists of the time, and is 50.5 by 46 cm. It now resides in The Frick Collection in New York.
Officer and Laughing Girl includes many of the characteristics of Vermeer's style. The main subject is a woman in a yellow dress, light is coming from the left hand side of the painting from an open window, and there is a large map on the wall. Each of these elements occur in some of his other paintings, although this painting differs slightly with the man also sitting at the table. Art historians, who have suggested conflicting interpretations of the work, believe that a painting by Gerard van Honthorst inspired the composition, and that Vermeer used a camera obscura to create the perspective in this painting.

11/02/16

Giuseppe De Nittis ~ It's so Cold! /Che freddo! 1874


Giuseppe Gaetano De Nittis è stato un pittore Italiano vicino alla corrente artistica del verismo e dell'Impressionismo. | Wikipedia

Data di nascita: 25 febbraio 1846, Barletta
Data di morte: 12 agosto 1884, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Francia
Opere d'arte: Che freddo! (Freezing!), Lunch in the Garden, altri..

07/02/16

Cornelis van Haarlem | The Choice Between Young and Old, 1590


In the 1580s, Cornelis van Haarlem, together with the poet, painter and art theorist, Karel van Mander, and the painter and engraver, Hendrick Goltzius, was one of the principal exponents of the Mannerist style which enjoyed a brief but intense flowering in Haarlem. By the mid 1590s, however, when The choice between young and old was painted, van Haarlem's work was shifting towards a more temperate approach, in response to Goltzius’s own rejection of Mannerism. The violent contortions and exaggeratedly muscular nudes which typified his earlier style, gave way in favor of more restful poses and figure types, more akin to classical ideals of proportion and harmony.

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