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William Holman Hunt - The Hireling ShepherdThe Hireling ShepherdWilliam Holman Hunt

The Hireling Shepherd (1851) is a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt. It represents a shepherd neglecting his flock in favour of an attractive country girl to whom he shows a death's-head hawkmoth. The meaning of the image has been much debated. Hunt painted the picture when h...

Manchester Art Gallery (Manchester, United Kingdom)
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Jean-François Millet - The AngelusThe AngelusJean-François Millet

A man and a woman are reciting the Angelus, a prayer which commemorates the annunciation made to Mary by the angel Gabriel. They have stopped digging potatoes and all the tools used for this task – the potato fork, the basket, the sacks and the wheelbarrow – are strewn around them. In 1865, Millet s...

Musée d'Orsay (Paris, France)
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John Everett Millais - Autumn LeavesAutumn LeavesJohn Everett Millais

Malcom Warner's excellent entry for this painting in the 1984 Tate catalogue points out that 'with 'Autumn Leaves' Millais set out to paint 'a picture full of beauty and without subject', a work in which the very specific story-telling that plays such a part in his paintings of the early-1850s is re...

City Art Gallery (Manchester, United Kingdom)
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Eugène Delacroix - Arab Horses Fighting in a StableArab Horses Fighting in a StableEugène Delacroix

Arab Horses Fighting in a Stable is a 1860 painting by the French painter Eugene Delacroix. The painting portrays two arab horses fighting inside a stable while three men are trying to calm the horses.

Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)
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Edouard Manet - Music in the Tuileries GardenMusic in the Tuileries GardenEdouard Manet

One of Manet’s earlier paintings, Music in the Tuileries shows the influence of Frans Hals and Diego Velázquez on Manet’s artistic style. The quick visible brush strokes seemed to some to indicate that the painting was not finished, but it is a true representation of what the Tuilerie gardens were l...

The Hugh Lane (Dublin, United Kingdom)
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Alexandre Cabanel - Fallen AngelFallen AngelAlexandre Cabanel

A reproduction of the masterpiece by Alexandre Cabanel, “Fallen Angel”, 1868. This artist won the Prix de Rome in 1845 and won several commissions from the emperor Napoleon III. This magnificent work is a depiction of the fierce resentment of one of the fallen angels. The artist died in 1889 at the ...

Musée Fabre (Montpellier, France)
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Frederic Edwin Church - Twilight in the WildernessTwilight in the WildernessFrederic Edwin Church

Thanks to some eagle-eyed collecting by Sherman Lee, who led the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1958 to 1983, the institution bought Church's 1860 'Twilight in the Wilderness,' one of his greatest paintings, in 1965. The big panorama, which depicts a fiery sunset over a mountain lake in Maine, can usu...

Cleveland Museum of Art (United States)
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Thomas Cole - Expulsion. Moon and FirelightExpulsion. Moon and FirelightThomas Cole

Expulsion, Moon and Firelight (1828) is oil on canvas painting by the founder of the Hudson River School and American artist Thomas Cole. This enigmatic painting of visionary character is probably a version of another work by the artist, entitled The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden...

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid, Spain)
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Jean-François Millet - Man With A HoeMan With A HoeJean-François Millet

Man With A Hoe (1860 - 1862) is by the French painter Jean-François Millet. The man in the picture was considered brutish and frightening by Parisian bourgeoisie. The Industrial Revolution had caused a steady exodus from French farms, and Man with a Hoe was interpreted as a socialist protest about t...

Getty Museum (Los Angeles, United States)
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Charles François Daubigny - HarvestHarvestCharles François Daubigny

The Harvest (French: la récolte) is an oil on canvas painting by one of the painters of the Barbizon school, Charles-François Daubigny. It was completed in 1851 and is based on Realism style by use of landscape painting genre. The dimensions of the painting is 196 by 135 centimeters and is housed at...

Musée d'Orsay (Paris, France)
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Thomas Cole - View of Florence from San MiniatoView of Florence from San MiniatoThomas Cole

View of Florence from San Miniato is an oil on canvas painting by American artist Thomas Cole. It was completed in 1837 and is currently housed at Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art (United States)
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Ivan Aivazovsky - The Ninth WaveThe Ninth WaveIvan Aivazovsky

The Ninth Wave is perhaps the most impressive and well-known painting by Russian marine painter Ivan Aivazovsky; it was painted in 1850. It depicts a sea after a night storm and people facing death attempting to save themselves by clinging to debris from a wrecked ship. The painting has warm tones i...

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Franz Xaver Winterhalter - FlorindaFlorindaFranz Xaver Winterhalter
178 x 246 cm, (1853)

This painting depicts an episode from the legend of Roderick, the last king of the Spanish Visigoths. After spying on his maids of honor to determine the fairest among them, the king chose Florinda (at center left), who became the object of his love. In revenge, Florinda's father called the Arabs in...

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, United States)
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Jean-François Millet - Harvesters RestingHarvesters RestingJean-François Millet

Millet considered this painting to be his masterpiece. This painting marked many milestones for the artist. He worked on this painting longer than any other painting. He also conceived the painting to rival the great works of Michelangelo and Poussin. This painting marked his departure of simple por...

Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, United States)
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Katsushika Hokusai - Fuji, Mountains in clear Weather (Red Fuji)Fuji, Mountains in clear Weather (Red Fuji)Katsushika Hokusai

'This was one of the prints published in Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji that helped secure Hokusai’s fame and popularity within Japan and overseas. It depicts Mount Fuji in a deep, saturated red; thin white lines of snow tracing lines down from the tip of the peak. Small clusters of clouds fill the ...