Brandenburg Concerto 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach

https://youtu.be/pdsyNwUoON0 Brandenburg Concerto 31721Baroque Johann Sebastian BachBaroqueBorn: 31 March 1685, Eisenach, GermanyNationality: GermanDied: 28 July 1750, Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach was a composer and musician of the Baroque era. Best known for his instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and for vocal music such as St Matthew Passion. Since a … Continue reading Brandenburg Concerto 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Samson and Delilah by Anthony van Dyck

Samson and Delilah by Anthony van Dyck Samson and Delilah1630Baroque, Dutch Golden AgeOil on canvasCollection of Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria “Samson and Delilah” depicts Old Testament mythology the moment after Samson has been betrayed. A barely clothed Samson struggles to resist the soldiers taking him to his death. Van Dyck captures the climax of the … Continue reading Samson and Delilah by Anthony van Dyck

The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt

The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt The Jewish Bride1667Baroque, Golden EraOil on CanvasRijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NetherlandsPic From Rembrandt’s mature period “The Jewish Bride” was intended for a small and selective audience, appreciative of the artist as a painter of psychological expression in his paintings. The moderately sized canvas with no scenery as if completely focused on the … Continue reading The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt

The Young Virgin by Francisco de Zurbarán

The Young Virgin by Francisco de Zurbaran The Young Virgin1640-45BaroqueOil on canvasThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA ‘The Young Virgin’ features a young girl seated with her hands on her lap looking upwards. A barely visible semicircle of angels surrounds her head. In Mary’s lap is a piece of embroidery with a threaded … Continue reading The Young Virgin by Francisco de Zurbarán

Saint Serapion by Francisco de Zurbarán

Saint Serapion by Francisco de Zurbarán Saint Serapion1628BaroqueOil on canvasWadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Zubarán’s canvas is filled with the figure of a youthful friar dressed in a white robe in this dramatic painting. Above his head, his wrists are tethered by ropes and his head hangs lifelessly on his right shoulder. … Continue reading Saint Serapion by Francisco de Zurbarán

Saint Francis Contemplating a Skull by Francisco de Zurbarán

Saint Francis Contemplating a Skull by Francisco de Zurbarán Saint Francis Contemplating a Skull1633-35Religious ArtOil on canvasSaint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri Saint Francis Contemplating a Skull demonstrates Zubarán’s ability to capture spirituality in his subjects. Dressed in the brown habit of the Franciscan Order the saint looks down at the human skull in … Continue reading Saint Francis Contemplating a Skull by Francisco de Zurbarán

Jacob by Francisco de Zurbarán

Jacob by Francisco de Zurbarán Jacob1640-45Religious ArtOil on canvasCollection of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, England Zurbarán portrays the biblical figure of Jacob as an old man, A life size portrait ‘Jacob’ is one of a series of thirteen works of Jacob and his twelve sons. Standing as prime examples of Zubarán’s mature style these portraits … Continue reading Jacob by Francisco de Zurbarán

Hercules Staying the Course of the River Alpheus by Francisco de Zurbarán

Hercules Staying the Course of the River Alpheus by Francisco de Zurbaran Hercules Staying the Course of the River Alpheus1634BaroqueOil on canvasMuseo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain Zubarán depicts a near-naked Hercules stood on a rocky outcrop with his left arm resting on a walking stick. One of a series of ten paintings depicting the … Continue reading Hercules Staying the Course of the River Alpheus by Francisco de Zurbarán

Man in Oriental Costume by Rembrandt

Man in Oriental Costume by Rembrandt Man in Oriental Costume1632Baroque, Dutch Golden AgeOil on canvasMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA An ambitious painting, ‘Man in Oriental Costume’ depicts the Dutch idea of a Near Eastern Potentate, an exotic subject that would appeal a knowledgeable and experienced collector. A stately and colossal figure … Continue reading Man in Oriental Costume by Rembrandt

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholas Tulp by Rembrandt

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholas Tulp1632Baroque, Dutch Golden AgeOil on canvasMauritshuis Art Museum, The Hague, The Netherlands Posed awkwardly in a pyramid seven men with bright, white ruffs are watching Dr Tulp intently as he facilitates and anatomy lesson. Dr Tulp commands the righthand side of the painting, as he demonstrates on a male … Continue reading The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholas Tulp by Rembrandt

Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph by Rembrandt

Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph1656Baroque, Dutch Golden AgeOil on canvasLocation: Schloss Wilhelmshone, Kassel, Hesse, Germany Rembrandt’s biblical paintings are cited as his most masterful work and in this scene we see Joseph, as a chief advisor to the Pharaoh, bringing his sons to Jacob’s, his father, deathbed to receive the family blessing. Ostensibly guided … Continue reading Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph by Rembrandt

Danae by Rembrandt

Rembrandt’s life and work were fuelled by an intense psychological study of people, objects, and their surroundings and a strong Christian devotion. Incredibly gifted, Rembrandt became a master of portraiture, historical, mythological, and biblical sense from a very young age. His techniques and use of materials was sensitive and spontaneous. His everchanging approach to colour, composition, and shadow produced powerfully moving and natural moments of the human existence. His mastery of light and texture emphasized emotional depth weaved a common theme through all his work confirming his status as one of art’s greatest and innovative masters...