Salvador Dali's "Guernica", his answer to the war in Spain.
Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884 featured at the The Chicago institute of Art.. one of my favorites.. not really a war painting but one that encompasses the soul i believe..
Yikes, deleted my first reply to you, VJ Zombie, sorry. Be checking that Seurat painting out for sure, thanks.
AP.....About an hour's drive from where I currently live is The James Pendergrast Library in Jamestown, NY, Chautauqua County. The history of the Pendergrast family and the building of this library is quite interesting. The original reason for it's erection, was to house the many many historic paintings that had been donated by their wealthy owners.
Because I have actually seen this exquisite art work as it exists, rather than just photographs, a few of them are etched in my mind as my favorites.
"Sleep Baby Sleep," Leon Brazile Perrault (1884) and "Fatima," Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1883)
There is also a particular work of art in the Rotunda of the U.S Capital Buidliing, that I especially love... "Baptism of Pocahontas," (1839) John Gadsby Chapman.
And of all the famous Historic paintings, I was fortunate to visit the Louvre in Paris France, where of course is "The Mona Lisa."
Well, I was going to say 'David' by Michelangelo, but that is a sculpture.
My favorite paintings cannot be put on HubPages, well they can, but ads will be disabled. I love Sandro Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus." and other similar paintings of the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology. Some of my favorite are on my hub about Psyche and Eros -- Francois Gerard's painting of Eros (Cupid) kissing Psyche is so beautiful.
I am not weird really and do not have an obsession of the human body, I just like the times when people were portrayed naturally which is their true, pure selves. The paintings I like of nudes are classic and tasteful.
I also love Albrecht Durer's self portrait and his 'Hands' (praying hands). Durer's painting of 'Idealistic Male And Female Figures (or Adam And Eve)' is marvelous.
Well, you asked, Alastar....
I love just Van Gogh's Starry Nights. It creates a wonderful mood for me.
I like a lot of different art works and styles. I like Goya's Saturn devouring his children, I like the Birth of Venus by Botticelli
I like works from the Romantic period a lot, stuff by Delacroix, William Blake Ancient of Days.
I like symbolist/symbolism works too!!, stuff by Gustave Moreau (he has some creepy work of arts) Redon, Gauguin (even though he's a creep). Works by the Nabis/Paul Sérusier... Too much to talk about ..........
I like it because of the history behind it. I am a lover of history and it's interesting to hear and see the politics and history behind the art work. Thanks for asking!!!
They can go on and on can't they, deecoleworld. I like the Romantic period too. Believe it was Delacroix who painted the one here, Liberty Leading the People. You brought up some artists i'm not all that familiar with, thank you! O Blake a fave, too.
The painting above is a Delacroix painting. The artists you can google them, most of them are French artists.
Hans Holbein and Eugene Delacroix as they often depict historical figures and scenes
The classics.. The Last Supper by Da Vinci, The Transfiguration by Raphael, the Creeation of Adam by Michaelangelo.
I also LOVE the works of Mort Kunstler and Don Troiani who both do fantastic paintings of the Civil War.
There is one very earthy painting of John the Baptist, of which I do not recall the name of the artist. Love the work of Winslow Homer, too. My favorite painter overall is vanGogh, and I also love the Birth of Venus by Boticelli. :0)
Thanks for asking. This was a fun question to answer.
So many paintings of John the Baptist, many of them superlative works of art. Winslow Homer, a great American painter. And the Birth of Venus is a fave here, too, Seafarer Mama! This going to be really tough choosing a best -whew!
A.P.......Busting in here to ask you to keep your eyes open for the next "Sunshine Times." I thought of you in particular when I tweeted a great article with several B&W photos.."After the War" (WWII). I know you will appreciate them!
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