And then the Real Nature Showed Up: Emilie Clark on Rubens

And then the Real Nature Showed Up: Emilie Clark on Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens, Fox and Wolf Hunt, 1616, Oil on canvas, 96 5/8 x 148 1/8 inches, Metropolitan Museum of Art Last week I went to the Met to pick out a painting to write about for Painters on Painting. I had initially thought that I would write about a contemporary...
Raoul Middleman on Rembrandt

Raoul Middleman on Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburgh, 1642, Oil on canvas, 149.4 x 178.5 inches The most puzzling aspect of the The Night Watch is the figure of the small girl, the so-called mascot of the civic guard, located just left of...
John Bowman on Gian Antonio Fumiani

John Bowman on Gian Antonio Fumiani

Gian Antonio Fumiani, The Martyrdom and Apotheosis of Saint Pantalon, 1680-1704, San Pantalon, Venice Venice has a surfeit of amazing examples of painting, and one is reluctant to choose a favorite from the stunning array of this kind of art on view. One painted...
Margaret McCann on Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’

Margaret McCann on Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’

Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas, 1656, Oil on canvas, 125.2 in × 108.7 inches Sphinx-like, Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas (1656) questions more than it answers. Whether the picture is about the painter with a brush in the mirror, or the princess with her parents in the...