Who is your favorite Old Master in painting?

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  1. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
    Phyllis Doyleposted 5 years ago

    Who is your favorite Old Master in painting?

    The Old Masters painted some amazing images in their day. There are many famous ones. Who is your favorite and which painting of this Master is your favorite?


  2. Alastar Packer profile image81
    Alastar Packerposted 5 years ago

    Any Old Master that painted a sexy Venus lol. No, seriously, how about Hogarth? Would he be considered an Old Master? Guess not. Reuben's then!

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
      Phyllis Doyleposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ahhh - you like Venus, yes? Birth of Venus is one of my favs. I really like the works of Rubens. His paintings are beautiful. 'The Fall of Man' and 'The Three Graces' are lovely. Thanks, Alastar, for participating.

  3. chef-de-jour profile image99
    chef-de-jourposted 5 years ago

    I've been with a Dutch partner for decades now and she has me hooked on Vermeer, old Jan of Delft.
    He only painted about 30 pictures in his life but what masterpieces - most of them interiors with subtle tones and extra special light, often streaming in through a window.

    The most famous of his paintings is Girl With a Pearl Ear-ring (recall the movie of the same name?) but I prefer The Milkmaid, a beautiful study of a girl pouring milk into a jug ready for breakfast. A master of his genre and, unlike Rembrandt, he never painted a self portrait so no-one knows what he looked like.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
      Phyllis Doyleposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Andrew. I love The Milkmaid painting. I had a print of that years ago and it somehow disappeared during a relocation to Nevada. I love the old Dutch Masters paintings. Thanks so much for answering.

  4. sockii profile image79
    sockiiposted 5 years ago

    Picking a single favorite is very difficult for me, but I probably have to go with the Venetian artist Jacopo Tintoretto. The unique ways he used perspective and composition are fascinating to study, especially as they challenged much of what was traditional and expected of the time. All of his work at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco is breathtaking, and my single favorite work of his is there, his version of The Crucifixion:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter … 70951.html

    As a side note, the painting you've selected for this question is by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, who is NOT an Old Master artist but a 19th century academic painter and traditionalist. "Old Master" is a term used for artists working in Europe before 1800.

    1. Alastar Packer profile image81
      Alastar Packerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Then Hogarth is an Old Master- hooray!

    2. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
      Phyllis Doyleposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Nicole, I know it is not by an Old Master - I just love it anyway. My gosh, I have never seen Tintoretto's The Crucifixion before. I checked out your link - that is truly a masterpiece - beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing that.

  5. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 5 years ago

    Phyllis, I enjoy the work of many old masters but Edgar Degas is one of my favourite, especially his ballerina paintings. One I am particularly fond of is "Yellow Dancers in the Wings."

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
      Phyllis Doyleposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      OMGosh, Jodah, I love Edgar Degas' ballerinas. They are so delicate and feminine, so lovely. I remember 'Yellow Dancers in the Wings'. I had to do an essay on that in Art History. Thanks for being here, Jodah.

  6. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
    Phyllis Doyleposted 5 years ago


    My favorite Old Master is Albrecht Durer. I love his Adam and Eve. Durer could put so much detail in his work, like the Young Hare, that it actually looks real. I studied him a lot over the years. His Melancolia engraving has always fascinated me.

    Melancolia, wiki Public Domain

  7. Rachel L Alba profile image94
    Rachel L Albaposted 5 years ago

    If Michael Angelo is considered an old master of paintings, then he is my favorite.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
      Phyllis Doyleposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Michaelangelo was an Old Master, Rachel. I love his work. Thanks for participating here.

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