Pieta (1498 – 1499)- Michelangelo

In the Pieta, Michelangelo approached a subject which until then had been given form mostly north of the Alps, where the portrayal of pain had always been connected with the idea of redemption: it was called the "Vesperbild" and represented the seated Madonna holding Christ's body in her arms. But now the twenty-three-year-old artist presents … Continue reading Pieta (1498 – 1499)- Michelangelo

Almond Blossom (1890) – Vincent Van Gogh

In painting the Almond Blossom, Van Gogh was not out to revive his own optimism but to make an offering to his ever-caring brother. In spring 1889, Theo had married Jo Bonger, and in February 1890 she gave birth to their son, whom they named Vincent after the boy's godfather. The Blossoming Almond Tree was … Continue reading Almond Blossom (1890) – Vincent Van Gogh

Irises (1889) – Vincent Van Gogh

"Irises" held the record for the most expensive artwork 1987 when it sold for $53.9 million USD, which would be around $100 million in the current economy. The painting was among nearly 130 artworks Van Gogh completed during his stay in a mental institution at Saint-Remy the year prior to his death. "Irises" was the … Continue reading Irises (1889) – Vincent Van Gogh

Starry Night Over the Rhone : 1888 – Vincent Van Gogh

http://www.vincentvangogh.org Starry Night Over the Rhone was painted at a spot on the banks of the river which was only a minute or two's walk from 'The Yellow House' on the Place Lamartine which Van Gogh was renting at the time.  The challenge of painting at night intrigued Van Gogh. The vantage point he chose … Continue reading Starry Night Over the Rhone : 1888 – Vincent Van Gogh

Café Terrace at Night – Vincent Van Gogh (1888)

https://www.vincentvangogh.org A close study of the painting reveals that the main characters include one central figure with long hair surrounded by 12 individuals, plus a cross shines in the background of the composition, and Van Gogh has included additional cross-like shapes throughout the artwork. A shadowy figure slipping through the doorway may symbolize Judas. A … Continue reading Café Terrace at Night – Vincent Van Gogh (1888)