Visual metaphor is common in advertising. Such images succeed in bringing together two apparently unrelated subjects, using the one to position the product favourably in the mind of the beholder.
Just as we are practised and skilled at reading beyond the literality of words, we need tools to see beyond pictures. This is the start of a journey to acquire those tools, and achieve visual literacy.
Instead of depicting her as an erotic nude in a scene of lust and voyeurism, Rembrandt reveals Bathsheba’s inner conflict, and transforms the technique of painting.
In his later years, Poussin turned more to landscape painting. This is one of his most sublime and pure landscapes, idealised rather than representing any view of the real world, and one of the greatest landscape paintings.
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This watercolour landscape would not look out of place alongside the works of Turner and other masters 300 years later. It is one of many pioneering works by the versatile genius of the Northern Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer.
We are often led to believe that oil paints were invented in Northern Europe, shortly before the first […]
As the Masters in the South got to grips with linear perspective, those of the Northern Renaissance explored the new medium of oil paints and their power in representing surface textures and the effects of light. This remarkable work is a landmark in the development of Western painting, and an early triumph of realism, which opened the way for landscape as a new genre.
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If you research art history, you know how hard it can be to track down an image of […]