Category Archives: Baroque Art

Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1598-99, oil on canvas, 57" x 77", Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome, Photo in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1598-99, oil on canvas, 57

Happy Birthday Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio would have been 545 years old today. He actually only lived to be 38 years old, which is somewhat miraculous considering his tumultuous life. We know more about him from law books than anything else. He was brought to … Continue reading

Diego Velázquez, Juan de Pareja, 1650, oil on canvas, 2′ 8″ x 2′ 4″, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. © 2016 . All rights reserved.

Take Five: The Artist Project

The website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art has many interesting and inspiring pages to explore. A current favorite of mine is The Artist Project which has a series of videos of artists talking about various works of art in the museum. It … Continue reading

Judith Leyster, Boy Playing a Flute, c. 1635, oil on canvas, 28.7" x 24.4", National Museum of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Judith Leyster, Boy Playing a Flute, c. 1635, oil on canvas, 28.7

Happy Birthday Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster Painter, Dutch Golden Age Judith Leyster, born July 28th, 1609 in Haarlem, was one of the few successful women artists working prior to the 20th century. She was the first female member of the Haarlem Guild of St. … Continue reading

Jan Vermeer, The Music Lesson, c. 1662-65, oil on canvas, 29.13” x 25.43”, Royal Collection, London, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. © 2014 . All rights reserved.

Make the Time: “Tim’s Vermeer”

In Tim’s Vermeer, now showing in movie theaters around the country, Tim Jenison, a successful inventor and software engineer attempts to prove that Jan Vermeer, the 17th-century painter from Delft, used a mechanical device to create his images.  In this … Continue reading

Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654, oil on panel, 13.2” x 9”, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Photo by The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei via Wikimedia Commons, artwork in the Public Domain. Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654, oil on panel, 13.2” x 9”, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Photo by The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei via Wikimedia Commons, artwork in the Public Domain.

Make the Time: “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

Art lovers should read Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch, named for a 17th–century painting featured in the book, not to learn more about the work of art’s historical significance and the circumstances of its production, but rather its quasi-mystical and … Continue reading

Jan Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c. 1660, oil on canvas, 17.9” x 16.1”, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Photo by jimmiehomeschoolmom via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Jan Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c. 1660, oil on canvas, 17.9” x 16.1”, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Photo by jimmiehomeschoolmom via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

Take Five: Why Forgers Succeed

By now, you may have heard about Pei-Shen Qian, the Chinese artist living in Queens, NY who forged over 60 paintings by Abstract Expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock.  An art dealer from Long Island, … Continue reading

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, 1659, oil on canvas, 33 ¼” x 26”, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Image Courtesy of 1000Museums.com. Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, 1659, oil on canvas, 33 ¼” x 26”, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Image Courtesy of 1000Museums.com.

Rembrandt van Rijn: The Magnet in the Room

When you walk into any gallery of 17th-century paintings and one by Rembrandt is in the room, you will be drawn to the Rembrandt.  His paintings glow.  In a word, they are “rich,” like a dessert can be rich.  They … Continue reading

Engraving of De templo Hierosolymitano from Jacob Judah Leon’s book on the subject, published by Johannes Saubertus (Latin Edition), Helmstadt, 1665, engraving, 6.1” x 4.3”, this artwork is in the public domain. Engraving of De templo Hierosolymitano from Jacob Judah Leon’s book on the subject, published by Johannes Saubertus (Latin Edition), Helmstadt, 1665, engraving, 6.1” x 4.3”, this artwork is in the public domain.

Rebuilding Solomon’s Temple

The Temple of Solomon has great significance in Jewish history since it was the first Jewish temple constructed in Jerusalem. Built by Salomon, King of the Israelites, in the 10th century BCE on the Temple Mount, it housed the Ark … Continue reading

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, David with the Head of Goliath, c. 1610, oil on canvas, 49.2” x 39.4”, Galleria Borghese, Rome, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. © 2012 . All rights reserved.

Take Five: David in Italy

We can learn a great deal by looking at the same subject in art as it is represented over time.  The similarities and differences speak volumes as to the true intentions of the artist and his or her cultural reality. … Continue reading

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Crucifixion of Saint Peter, c. 1601, oil on canvas, 7’6” x 5’7”, Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Crucifixion of Saint Peter, c. 1601, oil on canvas, 7’6” x 5’7”, Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Newly discovered art by Caravaggio? Let’s hope so!

Two art historians recently announced that they discovered about 100 paintings and drawings by Caravaggio.  Surely, scholars will debate the authenticity of these works of art in the coming months.  If they are originals, this is quite a coup. So, … Continue reading

Peter Paul Rubens, Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, c. 1617, oil on canvas, 88.2” x 83.1”, Alta Pinakothek, Munich, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Peter Paul Rubens, Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, c. 1617, oil on canvas, 88.2” x 83.1”, Alta Pinakothek, Munich, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Peter Paul Rubens Needs a Lesson in Romance

Paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, the international gentleman from Antwerp, in many ways define the Baroque style.  They are dynamic in composition and subject matter.  The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus has this classic combination.  It depicts a story … Continue reading