Tag Archive for: Dutch painting

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Titian’s gift

  Titian, Portrait of a Man (1510) National Gallery, London Every once in a while someone paints a masterpiece which is so important that it disrupts the art of the future. Paintings of the Renaissance are obviously great examples…
Elias vd Broek
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Hidden delights: small animals in 17th C Dutch paintings

Elias van den broek, detail of Still Life with Roses (1670 - 1708) Rijksmuseum (click to zoom right in on the museum's website)   The 17th century saw a keen interest in science and naturalism and empirical research of the natural…
Nicolaes Gillis
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Bread on the 17th century table

I love going back to my books on 17th C paintings time and time again: just looking at pictures provides such inspiration. I have a few books on paintings of food: while they show beautiful paintings they also provide great insight into the…
Zomerschoon 1620 Fritillaria meleagris and forget-me-nots Tanja Moderscheim

The Dutch Tulip: heritage cultivars

The Dutch Tulip: heritage cultivars From my garden: Zilver Standaard Dutch tulip, 1760   One of the latest Dutch heritage tulips to surface in my garden is also one of my favourites: the Zilver Standaard, a Dutch tulip which…
Rembrandt detail
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Old Masters: painting tricks

Rembrandt van Rijn Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Maria Trip (1639) Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam I often paint dark backgrounds. Learning about old techniques, I aspire to approximate those incredible backgrounds of 17th…
Floris van Dijck 1620
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Strange things in old Dutch paintings

Osias Beert. Still life of porcelain vessels containing sweets, pewter plates bearing sweets and chestnuts, three pieces of glassware and a bread roll on a table draped with a mauve cloth. 1600-1619, private collection.   In…
Rachel Ruysch portrait
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Old pigments painting blog: Vandyke Brown

Rembrandt van Rijn,  Saskia van Uylenburgh As Flora, 1641 Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden - Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister inv./cat. no. 1562; Image credit: The Rembrandt Database. Old pigments…
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Skating in Holland

     Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters (circa 1608) Hendrick Avercamp Rijksmuseum Amsterdam   Doe je schaatsen aan! (Put your skates on!) Skating in Holland - Hendrick Avercamp was one of many to paint the Dutch winter and…