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Diego Velazquez - Las Meninas (detail)Las Meninas (detail)Diego Velazquez

This baroque painting is considered one of the most important of all-time. The central figure is the young Margarita Teresa of Spain but the painting also shows the artist himself, an image of the king and queen, several servants, two dwarfs, and a dog.

Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain)
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Rembrandt Van Rijn - Night WatchNight WatchRembrandt Van Rijn

The Night Watch or The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq (Dutch: De Nachtwacht) is the common name of one of the most famous works by Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. The painting may be more properly titled The Company of captain Frans Banning Cocq and lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch prepar...

Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
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Jan Vermeer - The Girl with a Pearl EarringThe Girl with a Pearl EarringJan Vermeer

The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks and, as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. Today the painting is kept in the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as 'the Mon...

Mauritshuis (The Hague, Netherlands)
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Jan Vermeer - A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman and The Glass of WineA Lady Drinking and a Gentleman and The Glass of WineJan Vermeer

Vermeer was about 27 when he painted The Glass of Wine, and according to the critic Walter Liedtke, 'No analysis of artistic conventions can suggest the sheer beauty and extraordinary refinement of a painting like The Glass of Wine, which may be considered one of Vermeer's first fully mature works'....

Gemäldegalerie (Berlin, Germany)
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Jan Vermeer - The AstronomerThe AstronomerJan Vermeer

The Astronomer is a painting finished about 1668 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. It is on display at the Louvre, Paris.Portrayals of scientists were a favourite topic in 17th century Dutch painting and Vermeer's oeuvre includes both this astronomer and the slightly later The Geographer. Both ...

Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)
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Jan Vermeer - The MilkmaidThe MilkmaidJan Vermeer

The Milkmaid (De Melkmeid or Het Melkmeisje), sometimes called The Kitchen Maid, is an oil-on-canvas painting of a 'milkmaid', in fact a domestic kitchen maid, by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. It is now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which regards it as 'unquestionably one of the...

Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
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Jan Vermeer - The Art of PaintingThe Art of PaintingJan Vermeer

The Art of Painting has all the characteristics of Vermeer’s artistic genius, but, moreover, it stands apart from his other works, as it is the largest and more complex of all of them. In the painting we see a seventeenth-century Dutch interior illuminated by diffused light and exquisitely painted d...

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
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Diego Velazquez - The Surrender of Breda (Las Lanzas)The Surrender of Breda (Las Lanzas)Diego Velazquez

La rendición de Breda (English: The Surrender of Breda, also known as El cuadro de las lanzas or Las lanzas) is a painting by Velázquez, painted during the years 1634–35, and inspired while Velázquez was visiting Italy with Ambrogio Spinola, the Genoese general who conquered Breda on June 5, 1625. I...

Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain)
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Jan Vermeer - Girl Reading a Letter at an Open WindowGirl Reading a Letter at an Open WindowJan Vermeer

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window is an oil painting by Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer. Completed in approximately 1657–1659, the well-preserved painting is on display at the Gemäldegalerie in Dresden. For many years, the attribution of the painting—which features a young Dutch woman r...

Gemäldegalerie (Dresden, Germany)
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Nicolas Poussin - A Roman RoadA Roman RoadNicolas Poussin

This landscape has been identified as Poussin's canvas of 1648, recorded by Andr‚ F‚libien (1685) in the collection of Philippe de Lorraine in Paris. F‚libien described the picture as 'a landscape where there is a broad road.' This 'broad road' divides the scene in half, and a series of small figure...

Dulwich Picture Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
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Nicolas Poussin - The Poet-s InspirationThe Poet's InspirationNicolas Poussin

The Inspiration of the Poet is an oil-on-canvas by artist in the classical style Nicolas Poussin, painted between 1629 and 1630. It is currently held and exhibited at the Louvre in Paris. This painting seems to be the one which was in the Cardinal Mazarin Collection in 1653. It was acquired by the L...

Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)
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Diego Velazquez - Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor) or the Royal FamilyLas Meninas (The Maids of Honor) or the Royal FamilyDiego Velazquez

Las Meninas (Spanish for The Maids of Honour) is a painting of the Spanish Golden Age. The work's complex and enigmatic composition raises questions about reality and illusion, and creates an uncertain relationship between the viewer and the figures depicted. Because of these complexities, Las Menin...

Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain)
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Rembrandt Van Rijn - The Anatomy Lecture of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp [1632]The Anatomy Lecture of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp [1632]Rembrandt Van Rijn

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp is a 1632 oil painting by Rembrandt housed in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, the Netherlands. Dr. Nicolaes Tulp is pictured explaining the musculature of the arm to medical professionals. The corpse is that of the criminal Aris Kindt, strangled earlier t...

Mauritshuis (Den Haag, Netherlands)
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Rembrandt Van Rijn - The Feast of Belshazzar [c. 1635]The Feast of Belshazzar [c. 1635]Rembrandt Van Rijn

Belshazzar's Feast is a painting by Rembrandt van Rijn created in about 1636 - 38. The source for the painting is the story of Belshazzar and the writing on the wall in the Old Testament Book of Daniel. The Netherlands prior to the end of the Eighty Years' War was part of the Holy Roman Empire and t...

National Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
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Diego Velazquez - The Fable of Arachne (Las Hilanderas)The Fable of Arachne (Las Hilanderas)Diego Velazquez

Las Hilanderas is a late masterpiece by the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, painted for Don Pedro de Arce, huntsman to King Philip IV. The private patronage of the painting has caused it to be shrouded in some mystery, one uncertainty being its date of creation. Stylistic elements, such as the ligh...

Prado (Madrid, Spain)