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Albrecht Dürer – Rhinocerus

Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, printmaker, engraver, mathematician and theorist from Nuremberg (born 1471, died 1528). The “Rhinocerus” piece is a woodcut executed by Dürer based on a written description and brief sketch by an unknown artist of an Indian rhinoceros that had arrived in Lis…

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Velasquez – Las Meninas

Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez (1599 – 1660) was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV. The “Las Meninas” painting shows a large room in the Madrid palace of King Philip IV of Spain and presents several figures, most identifiable from the Spanish …

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Sandro Botticelli – Primavera

Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445-May 1510) was a Florentine painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance.
The “Primavera” painting is part of a series of mythological works executed by Boticelli. It was commissioned by a cousin of Lorenzo Medici, Lorensy di Pierfrancesco and cele…

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Claude Monet

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived fr…

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Holbein – The Ambassadors

Hans Holbein The Younger was born in Augsburg and first painted murals and religious works. His late Gothic style was enriched by artistic trends in Italy, France and the Netherlands, as well as by Renaissance Humanism. “The Ambassadors” painting memorializes two wealthy, educated and powerfu…

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Jan van Eyck – The Arnolfini Marriage

Jan van Eyck (before c. 1395 – 1441) was a Flemish painter active in Bruge and considered one of the best Northern European painters of the 15th century.”The Arnolfini Marriage” is a painting believed to be a portrait of the Italian merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife , presumably in t…

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Hieronymus Bosch – The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch was a Dutch painter, born c. 1450 and died August 1516. Little is known of his life and training since he left behind no letters or diaries.”The Garden of Earthly Delights” art work is a triptych comprising a square middle panel flanked by two rectangular wings that can close ove…

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