Dutch painters

Guide to Bosch’s Triptych “Temptation of St. Anthony”

A tree man with a scaly tail. A monster on skates with a funnel instead of a hat. Flying fish. A plucked goose with a sheep’s head in shoes. Many, many different evil spirits. Creepy. Really curious. Of course, this is about a painting by Bosch. About “The Temptation of St. Anthony”. As always, there …

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Pieter Bruegel the Younger or Hell Bruegel. Copyist or great artist?

Pieter Bruegel the Younger (1564-1637 / 1638), or Hell Bruegel, influenced the development of Dutch painting in a special way. Yes, in the history of art, innovators remain first and foremost. Those who invent new techniques and techniques. Those who work in a way that no one else has worked before. And such innovators worked …

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“Irises” by Van Gogh. About the Artist’s Floral Masterpiece

Van Gogh created the work “Irises” in a critical moment of his life.  While being in a clinic for the mentally ill, in Saint-Remy (southeast of France).  Several months prior to that, he sliced off his earlobe using a razor and had suffered a nervous breakdown.  Since then, about once a month he got epileptic seizures.  He fall into oblivion for several hours.  It is generally believed that after …

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Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt. Why it’s a masterpiece

Return of the Prodigal Son. Old father’s mind is at peace again. His youngest son has come back. He doesn’t hesitate to forgive him for the dissipated heritage. No reproaches. Only mercy. All-forgiving parental love. And what about the son? He reached the depths of despair. Poor and ragged, he forgot his pride. He fell …

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The Starry Night of Van Gogh. 5 unexpected facts about the picture.

The Starry Night is one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. What is so unusual about it? Why, once you see, you will not forget it? What kind of air vortices are depicted in the sky? Why are stars so big? And how did the painting, which Van Gogh considered unsuccessful, become a reference masterpiece …

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Bruegel Paintings. The most Famous Masterpieces of the Artist

Brueghel (1525/30 – 1569) is often called the successor to Jerome Bosch. Yes, at first glance, some of their artworks are similar. Bruegel, like Bosch, created crowded canvases. But still they are different. They are as different as Malevich and Chagall. Both are avant-garde artists. But one is about squares, the other is about love. …

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Rembrandt “Ahaseurus and Haman at the Feast of Esther”

Three figures. The plot of the Old Testament. Queen Esther is of Jewish origin. She learned that the Vizier, the king’s favorite, was going to treacherously destroy her people. She decided to tell her husband about it at a feast. In the presence of Haman himself. Rembrandt shows the most dramatic moment. Esther has just …

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The Goldfinch: a painting by a forgotten genius Fabritius

“He (Fabritius) was Rembrandt’s disciple and Vermeer’s teacher… And this tiny canvas (The Goldfinch painting) is that very missing link between them.” Quote from Donna Tartt’s novel “The Goldfinch” (2013) Before the novel by Donna Tartt has been published, few people have ever heard about such an artist as Fabritius (1622-1654). Much less his small painting The Goldfinch (33 x 23 cm). But it was thanks to …

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Dutch painters. 8 masters of the Netherlandic Golden Age

Holland. The 17th century country is flourishing unprecedentedly – it is the so-called Golden Age. At the end of the 16th century, several of the country’s provinces won independence from Spain. Since then, the Protestant Netherlands chose their own path. And Catholic Flanders (present-day Belgium) went its own way under the Spain’s wing. In independent …

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