Painter/Artist: Luigi Vivarini

Early Venetian School. Son of Antonio. His largest and most important works are the unfinished altar-piece at the Frari, Venice, and two in the Berlin Museum. LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY THE VIRGIN AND CHILD The Virgin, in a blue mantle over a crimson robe, stands behind a parapet facing us. Her left hand holds a cushion […]

Painter/Artist: Frederick Walker

LONDON,NATIONAL GALLERY THE PLOUGH Two grey horses drawing a wooden plough to left across a field separated from us by a small stream, and backed by a chalk cliff which glows pink in the sunset. A man is driving the plough; and a boy is at the near horse’s head. The sunlight also catches a […]

Painter/Artist: Antoine Watteau

French School. “Watteau was not only the inventor of Fetes galantes, and the most exquisite colourist among French artists of the eighteenth century. He was a poet-painter who transfigured the frivolities of his time into dream-like scenes.” (Sir Claude Phillips.) LONDON, WALLACE COLLECTION FETE IN A PARK In the foreground on the right is a […]

Painter/Artist: George Frederick Watts

LONDON, TATE GALLERY PSYCHE Full length, nude, facing us. A young girl standing beside her couch, her hands at her sides, looking down in despair at a feather from the wing of Eros, who has flown away. Painted and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1880. Purchased by the Chantrey Trustees, 1882. MAMMON The god […]

Painter/Artist: Rogier van der Weyden

ANTWERP THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS Three panels representing the nave and side aisles of a church seen from the western end. From the foreground in the centre rises a lofty crucifix, the Saviour’s body being on a level with the clerestory and triforium, at the foot of which are ;grouped St. John supporting the Virgin, and […]

Painter/Artist: James Whistler

Born at Lowell, Massachusetts; lived at Chelsea the greatest part of his life. LONDON, TATE GALLERY OLD BATTERSEA BRIDGE A single pier and part of two spans of the old wooden bridge seen from the east side at low tide at night. A rocket rises from Cremorne Gardens on the right and another has just […]

Painter/Artist: Philips Wouverman

Dutch School. A most prolific painter of landscapes enlivened with horsemen, etc. Eleven examples are in the National Gallery. LONDON, WALLACE COLLECTION THE HORSE FAIR “This very capital picture exhibits an open country divided in the middle distance by a river, whose course is lost among the distant mountains. The principal scene of activity is […]

Painter/Artist: Paolo Uccello

Florentine School. Paolo di Dono, called Uccello from his fondness for birds. An enthusiastic student of perspective. LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY THE ROUT AT SAN ROMANO Till lately called ” The Battle of St. Egidio.” Two other pictures of the same dimensions and dealing with other incidents in the same battle are in Paris (Louvre, 1273) […]

Painter/Artist: David Teniers

Flemish School. Influenced by Rubens and Brouwer. A most brilliant painter of small pictures of genre. A great many of his pictures are in public galleries, especially at Madrid and Petrograd. PARIS, LOUVRE THE PRODIGAL SON AT DINNER A group of ten figures in contemporary Dutch costume. The table is set at a tavern door […]

Painter/Artist: Don Diego Velasquez

Spanish School. One of the very greatest painters of portraits and figure subjects. Most of his works are at the Prado, Madrid. LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY PHILIP IV. (OLD) Bust length, slightly to right; broad outstanding collar, black silk tunic, gold chain round the neck, with the Order of the Golden Fleece. Grey background. From the […]