Paintings at the Met – 18th Century

October 20th, 2017|

613. French Women
Best: Marie Denise Villers, Marie Josephine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (1801). Of all the eyes looking at me in this gallery, hers are the ones that hold me. Light and shadow define the plain dress and spartan room, and we see a courting couple through a broken window pane. The composition is so […]

Paintings at the Met – Spain

October 20th, 2017|

610. Velazquez
Best: Velazquez, Juan de Pareja (1650). A masterpiece of world portraiture: Velazquez’s consummate brushwork comes through the unfortunate glazing, capturing light reflecting off the Moor’s forehead, texturing his skin, revealing itself in the lace color and rich gray background. Note the single red dot that marks the right ear.
Worst: Bartolome Esteban Murillo, A Knight […]

Paintings at the Met – 16th Century

October 19th, 2017|

607. Venice
Some periods are just better than others. 16th c. Venice – with Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Lotto – is one. The next gallery – 16th c. Northern Italy – is not.
Best: Paolo Veronese, Mars and Venus United by Love (1570s). A topflight work (along with its companions at the Frick) by a consummate artist: […]

Paintings at the Met – before 1500

October 10th, 2017|

602. Gold Ground
Best: Lorenzo Monaco, David (1405-10). David strikes a commanding pose, holds a ‘cither’ realistically on his knee, and has the most human face in the gallery. The gold background sets off the beautiful green, pink and blue of David’s robes.
Worst: Cenni di Francesco di Ser Cenni, St. Catherine Disputing and Two Donors (1380). […]

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