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From 1515 To 1535

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Italian, Florence 1486–1530 Florence / The Met

    This is probably the "natural seeming and very beautiful" portrait of a canon from Pisa Cathedral that the biographer Giorgio Vasari describes in his Life of Andrea del Sarto.
    The canon was a close friend of the artist during his last years and helped him to secure his last commissions.
    He is shown holding a small prayer book, or Book of Hours.

Madonna and Child with Saints

Italian, Verona 1474–1555 Verona / The Met

    The painting is of the saints Catherine of Alexandria, Leonard, Augustine, and Apollonia.
    The painting was painted in about 1520 for the Augustinian church of San Leonardo nel Monte outside Verona.
    The painting was described at length by the sixteenth-century biographer Giorgio Vasari, who especially admired the landscape and enormous laurel tree.

The Annunciation

Netherlandish, Cleve ca. 1485–1540/41 Antwerp / The Met

    The painting is set in a richly furnished interior that would have been familiar to sixteenth-century viewers.
    The painting is influenced by Italian art, and Joos appropriated a new canon of beauty, a new repertory of rhetorical gesture, and a striking grace of movement in his figures.

From 14th Century To 15th Century

From 14th Century To 15th Century

During the 14th and 15th centuries, artists in Europe began to break away from the traditional Gothic style. They began to experiment with new techniques and styles, resulting in a period of great creativity and innovation in the arts. Some of the most famous artworks from this period include the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, and the sculptures of Donatello. Box with Romance Scenes     This coffret illustrated with scenes from Arthurian and other courtly literature of the M
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From 1819 To 1826

From 1819 To 1826

The 19th century was a time of great change in the world of art. Artists began to experiment with new styles and media, and the art world was forever changed as a result. Some of the most famous artists of the time include Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso. The Falls of Niagara     The painting is of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side.     The painting is based on a vignette of the falls from a map of North America published by Henry S. Tanner in 1822. Heroic Landscape w
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From 1787 To 1800

From 1787 To 1800

The 18th century was a time of great change in the world of art. New styles and genres emerged, and artists began to experiment with new techniques and materials. The art of the 18th century reflected the changing times, and the growing interest in the natural world and the human form. Elizabeth Farren (born about 1759, died 1829), Later Countess of Derby     The Irish actress Elizabeth Farren made her London debut in 1777 and soon became one of the most popular comic performers of the day.  
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