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The 1000++ Artworks created around 1650

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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 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 - 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 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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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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Rembrandt Van Rijn - The Feast of BelshazzarThe Feast of BelshazzarRembrandt 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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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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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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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)
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Diego Velazquez - Mercury and ArgusMercury and ArgusDiego Velazquez

Mercury and Argus is a oil painting by the Spanish painter Diego Velazquez. Mercury was a messenger and a god of trade, the son of Maia Maiestas and Jupiter in Roman mythology. In Greek mythology, Argus Panoptes or Argos, guardian of the heifer-nymph Io and son of Arestor, was a primordial giant who...

Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain)
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Rembrandt Van Rijn - The Return of the Prodigal SonThe Return of the Prodigal SonRembrandt Van Rijn

The Baroque artist Rembrandt Van Rijn had painted many scenes from the Bible. In his self-portraits, he had depicted himself as a spoilt child and so it seems fitting that he painted The Return of the Prodigal Son towards the end of his life. The image shows the father and son in expressive light, a...

The State Hermitage Museum (Russia)
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Diego Velazquez - The Toilet of Venus (The Rokeby Venus)The Toilet of Venus (The Rokeby Venus)Diego Velazquez
122 x 177 cm, (1651)

The Rokeby Venus (/ˈroʊkbi/; also known as The Toilet of Venus, Venus at her Mirror, Venus and Cupid, or La Venus del espejo) is a painting by Diego Velázquez (1599–1660), the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age. Completed between 1647 and 1651, and probably painted during the artist's visit to...