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From 1628 To 1645

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From 1628 To 1645

The 17th century was a time of great change in the world of art. Artists began to experiment with new styles and techniques, and the art world was forever changed. Some of the most famous artists of the time include Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Caravaggio. If you're interested in learning more about the art of this period, there are plenty of resources available.

The Trojan Women Setting Fire to Their Fleet

French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome / The Met

    Claude Lorrain's luminous skies and atmospheric effects are milestones in European painting.
    Like his contemporary Poussin, Claude viewed landscape through a classical lens:he represents the women of Troy setting fire to their ships in an effort to end years of wandering after their city was seized by the Greeks.

Queen Henrietta Maria

Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London / The Met

    Henrietta Maria commissioned this painting as a gift for Cardinal Francesco Barberini.
    The painting was destined for a leading patron of the arts in Baroque Rome.

Rubens, Helena Fourment (1614–1673), and Their Son Frans (1633–1678)

Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp / The Met

    This painting is a portrait of the artist and his wife.
    The artist's son is also in the painting.

The Penitent Magdalen

French, Vic-sur-Seille 1593–1652 Lunéville / The Met

    This painting is a good example of La Tour's work at its most accomplished and characteristic.
    La Tour was much indebted to Caravaggesque painting, but tended towards even more simplified forms.

The Calling of Saint Matthew

Italian, Naples 1578–1635 Naples / The Met

    One of the outstanding figures of Neapolitan painting, Caracciolo was deeply influenced by Caravaggio, who worked in Naples in 1606 - 7 and again in 1610.
    The artist shows the moment when Jesus asks Matthew, an avaricious tax collector, to renounce his worldly possessions and follow Him (Matthew 9:9).
    Jesus's gaze and outward gesture present the viewer with the same quandary as Matthew's:whether to embrace Christ's invitation or the money bag at the edge of the canvas.

Landscape with a Cottage

Dutch, London 1595–1661 Haarlem / The Met

    This duneland scene is characteristic of a major shift in Dutch landscape painting of the 1620s.
    Painters began to render modest scenes of local topography in a somber palette of browns, grays, and greens.

A Roman Landscape with Figures

German, Cologne, born ca. 1590–95, died 1638–40 Calabria / The Met

    German by birth, Wals was a key figure in the generation of Northern painters who took the Roman countryside, with its ancient monuments and ruins, as their subject.
    These artists, Claude Lorrain most notable among them, made drawings from nature.
    Wals specialized in small-scale paintings, translating his drawings into highly evocative paintings that rarely have an identifiable narrative.

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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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