source: http://www.wga.hu POLLAIUOLO, Antonio del (b. 1431/32, Firenze, d. 1498, Roma) Portrait of a Young Woman c. 1475 Tempera on wood, 55 x 34 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence As the old attributions to Piero della Francesca, to Domenico Veneziano and to Verrocchio were discarded, the critics have been long undecided between an attribution to Antonio or to Piero del Pollaiuolo. After the recent restoration of the painting – which has been very damaged by former washing – the attribution to Antonio has assumed much greater probability. The profile of the lady, who is not of classical beauty, is perfectly defined by a sharp line that separates it from the delicate lapis-lazuli blue background. The woman, with her colourful complexion and fashionable hairstyle, has a distinctly human appearance. The artist has paid particular attention to her clothes. The various materials and textures of the precious dress have all been carefully considered, from the imperceptible veil that adorns her hair to the shining crimson velvet and lavish brocade.1 note | source picture | Reblog
source: http://www.wga.hu MELENDEZ, Luis (b. 1716, Napoli, d. 1780, Madrid) Still-Life of Fruit c. 1765 Oil on canvas, 36 x 49 cm Private collection This still-life depicts quinces, pears, a plum, a bunch of red grapes, green grapes, a terracotta jug and a ceramic cup, all arranged upon a table top. It is painted entirely within the artist’s own personal and distinctive style and bears all of the characteristics for which Melendez is today ranked among the finest still-life painters of the 18th century.0 notes | source picture | Reblog
source: http://www.wga.hu OLIVIER, Ferdinand (b. 1785, Dessau, d. 1841, Mьnchen) View of Salzburg and the Hohensalzburg Fortress fom the Mцnschberg 1818 Pencil, 326 x 406 mm Albertina, Vienna Some of the greatest of all Nazarene landscape drawings were done by Ferdinand Olivier, a friend and teacher of Schnorr. Olivier”s view of the region around Salzburg made the area famous and are reminiscent of Old German drawings in silver point. These drawings form a series in which landscape and figurative elements also conveys religious themes. This view of Salzburg shows his brother and sister-in-law gripped by Romantic awe in the presence of Nature’s wonders. Both figures are wearing “plug hats” typical of pious country folk.2 notes | source picture | Reblog
I plucked pink blossoms from mine apple tree
And wore them all that evening in my hair:
Then in due season when I went to see
I found no apples there.
With dangling basket all along the grass
As I had come I went the selfsame track:
My neighbours mocked me while they saw me pass
So empty-handed back.
Lilian and Lilias smiled in trudging by,
Their heaped-up basket teazed me like a jeer;
Sweet-voiced they sang beneath the sunset sky,
Their mother’s home was near.
Plump Gertrude passed me with her basket full,
A stronger hand than hers helped it along;
A voice talked with her thro’ the shadows cool
More sweet to me than song.
Ah Willie, Willie, was my love less worth
Than apples with their green leaves piled above?
I counted rosiest apples on the earth
Of far less worth than love.
So once it was with me you stooped to talk
Laughing and listening in this very lane:
To think that by this way we used to walk
We shall not walk again!
I let my neighbours pass me, ones and twos
And groups; the latest said the night grew chill,
And hastened: but I loitered, while the dews
Fell fast I loitered still.
Christina Georgina Rossetti
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source: http://www.wga.hu LOCHNER, Stefan (b. ca. 1400, Meersburg am Bodensee, d. 1451, Kцln) Madonna of the Rose Bush c. 1440 Oil on panel, 51 x 40 cm Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne This small panel which employs several iconographic models is an especially charming remnant of Cologne Gothic. It depicts the “humble Madonna” (Madonna dell’ Umiltа) as Mary is sitting on the ground or on a pillow placed on the ground, gently holding an infant in her lap.1 note | source picture | Reblog
source: http://www.wga.hu HONDECOETER, Gillis Claesz. d’ (b. ca. 1575, Antwerpen, d. 1638, Amsterdam) Cattle Resting in a Dune Landscape - Oil on panel, 17 x 23 cm Private collection The panel is signed with initials lower left: G. DH.9 notes | source picture | Reblog
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