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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My Favorite Paintings

I've created a booklet of some of my favorite works of art (10MB PDF) – 21 works of art, spanning 500 years. I tried to make the paintings as large as possible on letter-sized paper. It looks fairly good when printed on a black-and-white laser printer. Also available as a Flickr Set.

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Check out Hieronymus Bosch's painting below. Rather contemporary looking, wouldn't you think? This colorful and imaginative painting is over 500 years old.
Christ Carrying the Cross
Christ Carrying the Cross, Bosch (1490), oil on panel
www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/bosch/carrying/carrying.jpg



Below is Fra Angelico's Transfiguration. Check out the man in the lower-left corner. He's saying, "I must be going crazy – get me out of here."
Transfiguration
Transfiguration, Fra Angelico (1439-1443), fresco
www.wga.hu/art/a/angelico/09/cells/06_trans.jpg



Here's another colorful painting: Dürer's Christ Among the Doctors. Each of the faces is most interesting.
Christ Among the Doctors
Christ Among the Doctors, Dürer (1506), oil on panel
www.dl.ket.org/webmuseum/wm/paint/auth/durer/doctors.jpg



Michelangelo's Pieta is haunting and beautiful. Jesus' mother is portrayed as a young girl, which adds an interesting effect. This looks best at larger size.
Pieta
Pieta, Michelangelo (1499)
Photo by Ioja, www.flickr.com/photos/ioja/591752444/





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Here is the complete list of works I selected:

The Annunciation
The Annunciation, Tiepolo (1696-1749), pen and brown ink, brown wash
www.christies.com/LotFinder/LargeImage.aspx?image=/lotfin...

The Visit of Mary to Elisabeth
The Visit of Mary to Elisabeth, Giotto (1266-1337), fresco
www.wga.hu/art/g/giotto/padova/2virgin/mary10.jpg

The Nativity
The Nativity, Giotto (1304-06), fresco
www.wga.hu/art/g/giotto/padova/3christ/scenes_1/chris01.jpg

Adoration of the Shepherds
Adoration of the Shepherds, Ghirlandaio (1485), wood
i165.photobucket.com/albums/u59/teamrcia/shepher.jpg

Icon of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple
Icon of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, Andrei Rublev, 1405, tempera on wood
02varvara.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/entrnce-of-our-lord...

Christ Among the Doctors
Christ Among the Doctors, Dürer (1506), oil on panel
www.dl.ket.org/webmuseum/wm/paint/auth/durer/doctors.jpg

The Baptism of Jesus Christ
The Baptism of Jesus Christ, El Greco (1608), oil on canvas
www.wga.hu/art/g/greco_el/12/1208grec.jpg

The Marriage at Cana
The Marriage at Cana, Master of the Catholic Kings (1495), oil on panel
lh4.ggpht.com/_OGlO8jr4HxY/SAj-nTw-lZI/AAAAAAAAADk/Rjx5EL...

Jesus Preaching (“La Tombe”)
Jesus Preaching (“La Tombe”), Rembrandt (1652), etching
www.rembrandtpainting.net/rmbrndt_etchings/etchings_h/ima...

Transfiguration
Transfiguration, Fra Angelico (1439-1443), fresco
www.wga.hu/art/a/angelico/09/cells/06_trans.jpg

Institution of the Eucharist
Institution of the Eucharist, Fra Angelico (1450), fresco
www.museumsyndicate.com/images/3/23723.jpg

Agony in the Garden
Agony in the Garden, Botticelli (1500), tempera on panel
www.wga.hu/art/b/botticel/91late/12agony.jpg

Flagellation
Flagellation, Duccio (1308-11), tempera on wood
www.wga.hu/art/d/duccio/buoninse/maesta/verso_2/verso16.jpg

Christ Mocked (Crowning with Thorns)
Christ Mocked (Crowning with Thorns), Bosch (1495-1500), oil on wood
www.wga.hu/art/b/bosch/5panels/18mocked.jpg

Christ Carrying the Cross
Christ Carrying the Cross, Bosch (1490), oil on panel
www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/bosch/carrying/carrying.jpg

Crucifixion
Crucifixion, Giotto (1304-06), Giotto, fresco
lh6.ggpht.com/_j4Z6OyB0V_I/R2WSxyfpcNI/AAAAAAAABaY/h5MdV7...

Pieta
Pieta, Michelangelo (1499)
Photo by Ioja, www.flickr.com/photos/ioja/591752444/

The Resurrection
The Resurrection, El Greco, (1577-79), oil on canvas
www.seeingjesus.me/holyimage/5.resurrection/4/12.The%20Re...

Supper at Emmaus
Supper at Emmaus, Rembrandt (1648)
www.christusrex.org/www2/art/images/rembrandt03a.jpg

Ascension of Christ
Ascension of Christ, Russian, 16th century icon
campus.belmont.edu/honors/FestalIcons/16thRusAscension.jpg

Pentecost
Pentecost, Duccio (1308-11), tempera on wood
www.wga.hu/art/d/duccio/buoninse/maesta/crown_v/cro_v_h.jpg

Assumption of the Virgin
Assumption of the Virgin, Gherarducci (1365), tempera on wood
www.wga.hu/art/g/gherardu/assumpti.jpg

Madonna del Magnificat
Madonna del Magnificat, Botticelli (1480-81), tempera on panel
muvtor.btk.ppke.hu/reneszansz/Botticelli_1483-85%20Magnif...

The Last Judgment
The Last Judgment, Michelangelo (1534-1541), fresco
crossbr.googlepages.com/Michelangelo_Last_Judgement_Chris...

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Recognize any of these? What are your favorite works of art?

2 Comments:

  • I like Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. I don't know much about him but Heironymous is definitely a great first name! He also did a good Temptation of St. Anthony, as did Salvador Dali.

    Nothing by Da Vinci in your list?

    I think my favorite painting of all time is Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David.

    By Blogger Thomas David Baker, at 3/24/2009 11:11 AM  

  • I enjoyed checking out those paintings, Tom!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/24/2009 9:13 PM  

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