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The Cardsharps

* Artist: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1594
 
 

Judith Beheading Holofernes

* Artist: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: circa 1598
 
 

It is interesting to compare Caravagio’s work with a later work by Gentileschi. Gentileschi’s version is a lot more visceral, with more blood, greater detail, and a more determined expression on Judith’s face. In Caravaggio’s depiction, Judith is of slight figure and bears an almost reluctant expression; despite the setting, there is little physical violence. By contrast, in the Gentileschi version, Holofernes holds the collar of Judith’s aide, holding her at bay.

Lutenist

* Artist: Orazio Gentileschi
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: circa 1626
 
 

The Waterseller of Seville

* Artist: Diego Velázquez
* Medium: oil on canvas (106 x 81cm)
* Year: 1623
 
 

Recommended reading

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author: Jonathan Brown,Carmen Garrido
asin: 0300101244
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asin: 0847828123

Los Borrachos

* Artist: Diego Velázquez
* Medium: oil on canvas (1.65 x 2.25m)
* Year: 1629
 
 

The Feast of Bacchus, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Recommended reading

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author: Jonathan Brown,Carmen Garrido
asin: 0300101244
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asin: 0847828123

The Count-Duke of Olivares on Horseback

* Artist: Diego Velázquez
* Medium: oil on canvas (3.13 x 2.39m)
* Year: 1634
 
 

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author: Jonathan Brown,Carmen Garrido
asin: 0300101244
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asin: 0847828123

The Surrender of Breda

* Artist: Diego Velázquez
* Medium: oil on canvas (3.07 x 3.67m)
* Year: circa 1635
 
 

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author: Jonathan Brown,Carmen Garrido
asin: 0300101244
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asin: 0847828123

The Garden of Earthly Delights

* Artist: Hieronymus Bosch
* Medium: triptych with shutters; oil on panel
* Year: 1504
 
 

The Garden of Earthly Delights is a large triptych named for the garden depicted in its central panel. According to one commentator, the triptych represents the history of the world and the development of Christian notions of sin. This history begins on the outside shutters with the creation story, followed by Adam and Eve (left panel) to the present day of sinful conduct (centre panel), forwards to a fiery vision of future damnation (right panel).  Read more »

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author: Larry Silver
asin: 0789209012

Self-Portrait at 26

* Artist: Albrecht Dürer
* Medium: oil on panel
* Year: 1498
 
 

I saw this in the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, January 2007.

Christ Among the Doctors

* Artist: Albrecht Dürer
* Medium: oil on panel
* Year: 1506
 
 
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