Friday, September 25, 2020

Masters

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This painting by Georges Michel dates to the 1830s and is titled Landscape With Castle.


The Tomb Of General Brock, Near Queenston, Lake Ontario, Upper Canada is a dramatic landscape by Thomas Cole, painted in 1830. It depicts the tomb and monument of Isaac Brock, who died at the Battle of Queenston Height during the War of 1812, defending this place against an American attack.


Here we have a landscape painting by J.M.W. Turner, titled Mercury And Argus, depicting a mythological meeting between a giant and the messenger god that ended in the death of Argus. The painting dates to 1836.


The Gallery has several works by Claude Monet; unfortunately a couple of them have no photos policies on the panel. This one, however, is Waterloo Bridge: Effect Of Sunlight In The Fog, and it dates to 1903.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Dance

This marble sculpture is my favourite sculpture in the National Gallery. Dancer was carved by Antonio Canova between 1818-22. This is the second version of the work; the first is in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. She's graceful and life-like in her expression and sense of movement.


In a couple of the above shots this painting can be seen, with a show stopper of a name. Erneste Bioche de Misery is an 1807 portrait by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Vision

Here we have another Rubens, a painting titled Stormy Weather, circa 1635-36. Again, because of the light of the internal courtyard behind me, it was only really possible to photograph from the side. It's different seeing it in the evening.


Bernado Cavallino painted The Vision Of Saint Dominic circa 1640-45. That deep blue colour particularly draws the eye.


Here we have a look down into the courtyard, with the reflecting pool below.


For today I finish off with Benjamin West's masterpiece The Death Of General Wolfe, dating to 1770. West did several versions of this work (one hangs in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto), but this is considered the primary version. It depicts the British general James Wolfe, mortally wounded during the Battle Of The Plains Of Abraham at Quebec City during the French and Indian War. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Venice

Yesterday I left off with a painting depicting Venice. Here we have another one. The Campo di Rialto And The Church Of Saint James is by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) and dates somewhere between 1740-60.


Here we emerge into a large, long gallery space with a wealth of paintings and sculptures. My favourite sculpture is at the far end. I slipped into a side gallery before taking in this area.


Anthony Van Dyck painted Let The Children Come To Me around 1618-20.


I had to photograph from the side with this one, as behind me was an opening into the interior courtyard. This is The Entombment by Peter Paul Rubens, done between 1612-14 by the master.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Prodigal

Another Dutch painting, here we have Salomon Van Ruysdael's work River Landscape, circa 1650. 


A couple of Rembrandt paintings are part of the permanent collection. This is Heroine From The Old Testament, dating to 1632-33.


Jan Weenix gives us another take on the New Testament parable in this 1668 painting, The Return Of The Prodigal Son


And for today I finish with this Italian work. Francesco Guardi painted The Church Of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice around 1780-85.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Holy Grail

Still in the Baroque Room, this is Christ And The Woman Of Samaria, by Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri), done in 1647.


This is one of the busts in the room. Antonio Novelli sculpted Alfonso Altoviti around 1630. This was originally commissioned by Altoviti's family for his tomb, but its craftsmanship was such that a copy was placed in the tomb and the bust remained in the family's collection. Today it resides here at the National Gallery.


I left the Baroque Room and continued into the main galleries. Mary Magdalene seemed to be following me around on this visit, as I was drawn to several works depicting her. Mary Magdalen dates to around 1620-25, and is by the artist Domenico Puligo. Those of you who have read the somewhat preposterous tales of Robert Langdon will get the Holy Grail reference. 😉


The Gallery has a sizable collection of Dutch masters. Castle By A River is by Jan Van Goyen, and dates to 1648.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Baroque Room

Today we're having a look at some of the paintings inside the Baroque Room. Nicolas Poussin painted Landscape With A Woman Washing Her Feet around 1650.


Claude Lorrain, aka Claude Gellee, painted Landscape With A Temple Of Bacchus, around 1644.


This is a work by Veronese and his workshop, titled The Rest On The Flight Into Egypt, circa 1572, depicting the Holy Family.


Another work by Veronese, this is The Repentant Magdalen, done between 1565-70. 


And for today we finish off with The Return Of The Prodigal Son, by Salvator Rosa. Done circa 1655-65, it depicts the New Testament parable.