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Giuseppe Arcimboldo - AirAirGiuseppe Arcimboldo

The Four Elements is a series of paintings by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo in 1566 during the Renaissance. They were commissioned by Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor. The portraits display figures in profile formed by different animals or objects. Earth is represented by land animals, Air by ...

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo - AutumnAutumnGiuseppe Arcimboldo

Autumn, from a series depicting the four seasons, commissioned by Emperor Maximilian II (1527-76) 1573 (oil on canvas) by Arcimboldo, Giuseppe (1527-93).

Art Museum (Denver, United States)
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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - Christ Carrying the CrossChrist Carrying the CrossPieter Bruegel The Elder

This is the second-largest known painting by Bruegel. It is one of sixteen paintings by him which are listed in the inventory of the wealthy Antwerp collector, Niclaes Jonghelinck, drawn up in 1566. It was Jonghelinck who commissioned the Months from Bruegel and he may also have commissioned this wo...

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo - The LibrarianThe LibrarianGiuseppe Arcimboldo

The Librarian is an oil on canvas painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo in the collection of Skokloster Castle in Sweden. It is thought to be a portrait of Wolfgang Lazius, a humanist and historian who served Holy Roman Emperors of the House of Habsburg. Arcimboldo became official portraitist to Emperor M...

Skoklosters Slott (Sweden)
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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - The Hunters in the Snow (Winter)The Hunters in the Snow (Winter)Pieter Bruegel The Elder

The painting is part of the permanent collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The Picture Gallery was developed from the art collection created by the House of Habsburg. It is one of the more important collections of European paintings in the world and focuses on paintings between th...

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
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Jacopo Carucci (Pontormo) - VisitationVisitationJacopo Carucci (Pontormo)
(1528)

his early Visitation makes an interesting comparison with his painting of the same subject (at right), which was done about a decade later for the parish church of St. Michael in Carmignano, about 20 km west of Florence. Placing these two pictures together—one from his early style, and another from ...

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Albrecht Altdorfer - The Battle of Alexander at IssusThe Battle of Alexander at IssusAlbrecht Altdorfer

he Battle of Alexander at Issus (German: Alexanderschlacht) is a 1529 oil painting by the German artist Albrecht Altdorfer (c. 1480–1538), a pioneer of landscape art and a founding member of the Danube school. It portrays the 333 BC Battle of Issus, in which Alexander the Great secured a decisive vi...

Alte Pinakothek (Munchen, Germany)
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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - The Tower of BabelThe Tower of BabelPieter Bruegel The Elder

The Tower of Babel is a oil paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. They depict the construction of the Tower of Babel, which according to the Book of Genesis in the Bible was a tower built by a unified, mono-lingual humanity as a mark of their achievement. Bruegel's depiction of the architecture of ...

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
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Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Nikolaus KratzerPortrait of Nikolaus KratzerHans Holbein The Younger

Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer (1528) is a artwork (oil and tempera on oak) by the German painter and printmaker Hans Holbein the Younger. The painting (83 × 67 cm) is in the Louvre, Paris.

Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)
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Hans Holbein The Younger - Darmstadt MadonnaDarmstadt MadonnaHans Holbein The Younger

The Darmstadt Madonna (the Madonna of Jakob Meyer zum Hasen) (1526 and 1528–30) is a artwork (Oil and tempera on limewood) by the German painter and printmaker Hans Holbein the Younger. The painting (146.5 × 102 cm) is in the Schlossmuseum, Darmstadt.

Schlossmuseum Darmstadt (Germany)
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Tintoretto (Jacopo Comin) - The Miracle of St Mark Freeing the SlaveThe Miracle of St Mark Freeing the SlaveTintoretto (Jacopo Comin)

The Miracle of St Mark Freeing the Slave is a painting by Tintoretto (Jacopo Comin). Currently housed in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, northern Italy. It portrays an episode of the life of St. Mark, patron saint of Venice, taken from Jacopo da Varazze's Golden Legend. The scene shows, in th...

Gallerie dell'Accademia (Venezia, Italy)
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Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of the Merchant Georg GiszePortrait of the Merchant Georg GiszeHans Holbein The Younger

Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze (1532) is a artwork (Oil and tempera on oak) by the German painter and printmaker Hans Holbein the Younger. Holbein painted this large portrait at the beginning of his second period in England in search of work, and it may be intended as a virtuoso showpiece for ...

Staatliche Museen (Berlin, Germany)
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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - Magpie on the GallowMagpie on the GallowPieter Bruegel The Elder

The painting shows a woodland clearing containing three peasants dancing to a bagpipes, next to a gallows upon which a magpie is perched. The gallows stands in the centre of the picture, dividing the painting in two, a Mannerist composition with the right side more 'open' and left more 'closed', wit...

Hessisches Landesmuseum (Darmstadt, Germany)
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Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Anne of ClevesPortrait of Anne of ClevesHans Holbein The Younger

Anne of Cleves (1515–57), a daughter of John III, Duke of Cleves, was the fourth wife of Henry VIII. Holbein was sent to paint her at Düren in summer 1539, so that Henry could appraise her as a possible wife. Holbein posed Anne square-on and in elaborate finery. Henry was disappointed with her in th...

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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - Netherlandish ProverbsNetherlandish ProverbsPieter Bruegel The Elder

Netherlandish Proverbs (also called The Blue Cloak or The Topsy Turvy World) is a 1559 oil-on-oak-panel painting which depicts a land populated with literal renditions of Flemish proverbs of the day. The picture is overflowing with references and most of the representations can still be identified; ...

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany)
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Lucas Cranach The Elder - Cupid complaining to Venus.Cupid complaining to Venus.Lucas Cranach The Elder

The Reclining River Nymph at the Fountain (1518, Leipzig) inaugurated a long series of paintings of Venus, Lucretia, the Graces, the judgment of Paris, and other subjects that serve as pretexts for the sensuous female nude, in which Cranach appears as a kind of 16th-century Francois Boucher. The nai...

National Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - The Corn Harvest (August)The Corn Harvest (August)Pieter Bruegel The Elder

The painting is one in a series of six works, five of which are still extant, that depict different times of the year. As in many of his paintings, the focus is on peasants and their work. Notably, some of the peasants are shown eating while others are harvesting, a diachronic depiction of both the ...

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, United States)
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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - Peasant weddingPeasant weddingPieter Bruegel The Elder

The Peasant Wedding is a 1567 painting by the Flemish Renaissance painter and printmaker Pieter Brueghel the Elder, one of his many depicting peasant life. It is currently housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. The bride is under the canopy, and the groom is uncertain, but may be the man in...

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - The \Little\-- Tower of Babel--The \Little\'' Tower of Babel''Pieter Bruegel The Elder

The 'Little' Tower of Babel, c. 1563, is in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. They depict the construction of the Tower of Babel, which according to the Book of Genesis in the Bible was a tower built by a unified, mono-lingual humanity as a mark of their achievement. Bruegel's depictio...

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
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Lucas Cranach The Younger - JustitiaJustitiaLucas Cranach The Younger

From 1529 Lucas Cranach the Elder, and his son Lucas the Younger depicted the Christian virtue of Love, Caritas or Caritas, in some dozen different versions. It happened only in individual pictures, where Caritas (Charity) does not appear in the company of the seven (or more) virtues and vices. It i...

Fridart Stiftung (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
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Lucas Cranach The Elder - The Fountain of YouthThe Fountain of YouthLucas Cranach The Elder

Cranach's painting is about the human yearning for immortality and eternal youth. Human beings dream of being young again, of leaving the worn outer shell and exchanging it for a new one. The notion of the cleansing power of the elements, especially of water, is as old as humankind itself. The centr...

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany)