Who painted the paintings in the study?
|If you haven't discovered already, you can change the painting on the wall in the
study to any of these paintings. This section will show you who painted each picture and a
little bit of information about the artist.
"Courtyard of Innsbruck Castle"
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) was a German painter and
print maker. He was a the most prominent and influential Northern Renaissance Artist. He
was however more famous for his accomplishments in the graphic arts of woodcuts and
engravings, than his paintings. And was the first artist to achieve such recognition
"Old Man Praying"
Born in Leyden, Holland, in 1606. Rembrandt's paintings, drawings
and etchings have been admired and collected since the 17th century. With
more than 40 portraits commissioned in 1632-1633, Rembrandt was a prosperous artist. But
after the death of his wife in 1642 his fortunes began to decline. Though Rembrandt still
received some important commissions until his death in 1669.
"Danseuse sur Scene"
Edgar was a French painter and sculptor born in 1834, he
had an interest in Photography and Japanese prints, which probably influenced much of his
work in his composition, use of unusual viewpoints and the way he portrayed movement. In
the last 20 years he was almost blind and kept very much to himself creating lithe wax
sculptures that were later cast in bronze. He died in 1917 and is now one of the most
popular 19th century artists.
"Portrait of a Young Man"
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh is the most well know of the postimpressionist painters.
He used vibrant colours and thick paint to create patterns of lines across the surface of
his pictures. Unfortunately Vincent was not recognized in his lifetime and lived in
poverty, depending on his brother, Theo for money. Suffering from depression, Vincent
eventually committed suicide in 1980. But his influence on artists of the early 20th
century was enormous.
Leonardo da Vinci
Born in 1452, Leonardo is perhaps the most versatile
genius who ever lived. Not only was he one of the greatest Renaissance painters, but was
also an engineer, naturalist, anatomist, mathematician, philosopher, sculptor and
architect. Although Leonardo da Vinci is most famous for his artistic talents, he spent
the last 10 years of his life devoted to scientific research. Though this included a
considerable amount of scientific illustration.
"Ritratto di Giovane"
Born in Suffolk in 1727, Thomas Gainsborough was one of the most
accomplished portrait and landscape painters in England in the 18th century. In 1768,
Gainsborough became a founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Willem Velde is probably the most famous name in Marine
painting. He was born in 1633 from a family of Dutch painters and worked with his father
in England under the patronage of King Charles II. His paintings are recognized for their
accuracy and detail. Some drawings were even made from boats in actual naval battles. His
work has had great influence on the development of seascape painting in England.
The Louvre, Paris
The National Gallery, London