De Nieuwe TĳdRenaissance and Romance
The Threatened Swan
Oil on canvas. Hangs at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Oft said to be an allegory of statesman Johan de Witt (later eaten for his crimes) protecting Holland from its enemies, the inscriptions which sparked that idea were actually added after the fact. It might just be a pretty painting of a swan after all.
Portrait of an old woman
Oil on copper. Hangs at the Old Masters’ Gallery, Dresden.
Fishermen at Sea
Oil on canvas. Hangs at Tate Britain, London.
The Death of Hyacinthos
Oil on canvas. Hangs at the Sainte-Croix Museum, Poitiers.
The Third of May, 1808
Oil on canvas. Hangs at the Prado Museum, Madrid.
Portrait of Ira Aldridge as Othello
Oil on canvas. Hangs at the Manchester Art Gallery.
Among the first African-American tragedians, Mr Aldridge fled America for England in 1824, becoming one of the most accomplished Shakespearean actors of his day. In his later years, he would tour Europe, where he received numerous honours from heads of state.
Sir Edwin Landseer
The Monarch of the Glen
Oil on canvas. Hangs at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.
The Colossal Pair, Thebes
Oil on canvas. Hangs at the St Louis Art Museum.
L’Origine du monde
Oil on canvas. Hangs at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
Mr Courbet’s most famous work has always shocked and provoked audiences, from the Victorian era to the present. He never censored it, and by the Gods, neither will i!
Among the Sierra Nevada, California
Oil on canvas. Hangs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington.
Sometimes you just want to look at a pretty picture of a gorgeous landscape.