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The date of this self portrait by Frans van Mieris the Elder was 13 April 1674, three days before van Mieris's 39th birthday. The artist wears an archaic type of dress based on theatrical costumes of the Commedia dell' Arte and he is playing a cittern: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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'Van Gogh's Chair' was painted while Vincent van Gogh was working in the company of the artist Paul Gauguin at Arles. Van Gogh also painted a companion picture of Gauguin's armchair, shown by night. The two paintings may have been intended to represent the contrasting temperaments and interests of the two artists. See this painting in Room 43: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/25/2017 at 14:25. Facebook
In London this weekend? Here is a view showing one of the city's landmarks, St Paul's Cathedral, painted by Charles-François Daubigny. The vantage point of the artist, was on the south, or Surrey side of the river Thames, between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/25/2017 at 10:05. Facebook
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born #OnThisDay in 1841. He was one of the leading painters of the Impressionist group. He evolved a technique of broken brushstrokes and used bold combinations of pure complementary colours, to capture the light and movement of his landscapes and figure subjects. This work, 'The Skiff', was paintied in 1875: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/24/2017 at 14:11. Facebook
Théo van Rysselberghe painted this coastal scene in about 1892. A distinctive feature of his work is the clusters of white dots sprinkled across the picture surface, as here, which give his paintings an animated, almost dancing quality. The dots also often form swirling decorative patterns, as in this work. See this work in Room 41: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/24/2017 at 10:05. Facebook
Jacob van Oost the Elder's 'Portrait of a Boy aged 11' is signed with the painter's monogram and dated 1650; the age of the boy is recorded as 11. The design is concentrated upon the face and its expression, and the colouring is muted, enlivened only by the fur of the muff and the hat. See this painting in Gallery F: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/23/2017 at 15:25. Facebook
'A Woman Drinking with Two Men' was painted by Pieter de Hooch in about 1658, towards the end of de Hooch's stay in Delft. Many changes in the composition show the care with which the design was developed. The figures appear to have been added after the architectural features of the interior had been painted. Its chequered floor is visible through the skirt of the servant to the right, and...
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02/23/2017 at 10:10. Facebook
Sir Joshua Reynolds died #OnThisDay in 1792. Reynolds was the leading English portraitist of the 18th century. Through study of ancient and Italian Renaissance art, and of the work of Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck, he brought great variety to British portraiture. As with many of Reynolds's group portraits the design is based on a composition taken from an historical source. In this case 'Lady...
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02/22/2017 at 14:35. Facebook
This self portrait of Jan Lievens in a relaxed, self-assured pose, seated against a landscape background, shows the influence of Anthony van Dyck's elegant portrait style. Lievens’s voluminous padded silk gown – probably imported from Japan – and long, loose hair were the height of fashion in the early to mid-1650s. See this painting in Room 29: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/22/2017 at 10:15. Facebook
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres's portrait of 'Monsieur de Norvins' hangs in Gallery D. Jacques Marquet de Montbreton de Norvins had a varied career as a government official, soldier and diplomat. He also published a history of Napoleon: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/21/2017 at 18:15. Facebook
Facebook Live tour of our exhibition, 'Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene' with Associate Curator Francesca.
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02/21/2017 at 15:40. Facebook
Edouard Vuillard's 'La Terrasse at Vasouy, The Lunch' was originally the right half of a decorative panel, painted in 1901. However, Vuillard cut the painting in half and the painting was reworked into two panels during 1935. Included among the luncheon party are many members of literary and artistic Paris at the time. Both panels hang in Room 42: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/21/2017 at 10:10. Facebook
The profile was used for portraits by many painters of the Early Renaissance. Alesso Baldovinetti's representation of a lady in yellow is one of the most striking of such designs, showing the sitter almost to the waist. Stitched to her sleeve is a device of three palm leaves which may be the emblem of her family or of one into which she has married, or is soon to marry into. See this painting...
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02/20/2017 at 14:26. Facebook
Find out how a radical breakaway movement became one of the most popular styles in modern art with our guide to Impressionism: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Explore another side of Impressionism with our film series focusing on the artists featured in our exhibition, 'Australia's Impressionists': [ Bit.ly Link ]
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'Surprised!' is the first of the jungle scenes on which Rousseau's fame chiefly depends. His paintings were probably inspired by visits to the botanical gardens in Paris and by prints. The figure of the tiger may have been based on a print after a pastel by Delacroix: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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'A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling' was probably painted during Hans Holbein the Younger's first visit to England in 1526-8. It has been suggested, very plausibly, that the sitter is Anne Lovell. The starling in the background and the pet squirrel on a chain may have been intended to allude to her name: the Lovell family showed squirrels on their coat of arms and owned a house at East...
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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot visited Avignon on a number of occasions, but this study probably belongs to a group made on a visit in the summer of 1836 which recapture the clarity and luminosity of his Italian views of 1825-8. It depicts the town from Villeneuve-lès-Avignon on the other side of the Rhône. See the painting in Gallery D: [ Bit.ly Link ]