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