Learn about paintings and portraits, and discover the techniques used by the artists who made them.

Paintings

Learn about paintings and portraits, and discover the techniques used by the artists who made them.
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Paintings
Explore masterful paintings of the 1400s–1500s. Masaccio’s panel of St. Andrew, Sebastiano’s Pope Clement VII painted on slate, the Halberdier by Pontormo, Van Dyck's Agostino Pallavicini, and La Tour's Gabriel Bernard de Rieux reveal how works of art had functions and reasons for existence for the patron and artist alike. Love art? Follow us on Google+
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Looking at paintings
Discover the elements of art seen in such masterpieces as The Dream of Pope Sergius by van der Weyden, La Promenade by Renoir, River Landscape by Koninck, Still Life with Apples by Cézanne, The Entombment by Rubens, Christ Crowned with Thorns by von Honthorst, Vase of Flowers by van Huysum, and Irises by van Gogh. Love art? Follow us on Google+ 
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Italian gold-ground painting
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Gold-ground panel painting
Wood panel was the support most often used for painting before canvas replaced it at the end of the 1500s. Artists applied gold ground and expensive pigments to the most splendid panel paintings. Love art? Follow us on Google+
Exercise
Gold-ground painting quiz
Test your knowledge of Italian gold-ground painting.
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Orazio Gentileschi's paintings of women and divine love
Gentileschi painted three women challenged in their devotion to God reflecting the Catholic belief that divine ecstasy can only be achieved when a woman chooses freely to love God. Love art? Follow us on Google+ to stay in touch.