Ingres

Ingres

Painting
So many museums display well-known works of art; these are sort of lures so a number of rooms are crowded while the rest are free of people. In Prado Museum, while the crowd surrounds the Jardin de las delicias by El Bosco (The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch) one can largely and quietly enjoy El triunfo de la muerte by Brueghel (The Triumph of Death by Pieter Brueghel the Elder), no pushing at all even if they are in front of each other. In Louvre Museum everyone feels compelled to stop by the Gioconda (in order to decipher an unreal mystery). Some rooms beyond, you can find the portrait of Monsieur Bertin, painted by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867). This is one of the best portraits made during the 19th…
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The Milkmaid

The Milkmaid

Painting
We need to focus on the mottled effect in the paintings made by Jan Vermeer (1632-1675), the first painter who tried to reach a ‘photographic’ quality. Vermeer had understood that the eye and its inseparable ‘camera obscura’ do not see the things in the same way so this is no more a plain technical resource, it has become a new way to look. There were a few things he preferred to paint just as they can be seen through that ‘camera obscura’. This is a real Vermeer, with its typical blue-yellow harmony (though the map of the Netherlands and the white porcelain tiny pitcher are missing). The woman is looking downwards to the dark opening of the jar, to the thin splash of dense milk which seems to be suspended…
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Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier

Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier

Painting
Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891) is a well-known painter devoted to historical subjects; in any case, the exquisite technique of that French painter is present in his genre scenes and his portraits. The Prado Museum in Madrid shows a beautiful portrait ‘La Marquesa de Manzanedo’ (the Marquise of Manzanedo). This painting is exhibited in one of the permanent galleries devoted to paintings dating back the 19th century. We need to mention that Meissonier was born the same year the Waterloo Battle took place, the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. He painted Napoleon and the emperor’s army so many times. In order to depict battle sceneries properly enough, he used to model small soldiers and horses. He enjoyed great prestige and success during his lifetime, but like so many academicist painters as the time…
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