Category Archives: Featured Artwork

Featured Artworks – Unknown Designer and Embroiderers – The Bayeux Tapestry

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Thanks to Alan Mason for sending us this article for our featured artworks collection. Click here for a full picture of the Bayeux Tapestry. This artwork is probably the largest one that “deskarati” is ever likely to feature. It is 230 … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Andrea Del Verrocchio, Completed by Alessandro Leopardi – Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni

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Thanks to Alan Mason for sending us this article for our featured artworks collection. There are many equestrian statues, from the time of Classical Greece and Rome onwards, but this one is in a class of its own; it stands … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Guiseppi Verdi – Bella Figlia Dell’Amore – Rigoletto Quartet

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Featured Artworks – Caravaggio – The Sacrifice of Isaac

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The painting shows the moment when Abraham, about to sacrifice his son Isaac in obedience to God’s command, is stayed by an angel who offers him a ram in Isaac’s place. The scene is lit with the dramatically enhanced chiaroscuro … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Herbert Von Karajan’s Beethoven 9

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Featured Artworks – Pythokritos – Nike of Samothrake

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Thanks to Alan Mason for contributing to our ‘Featured Artworks’ category with this very enlightening post. Sculpture has been rather neglected in the deskarati collection of great artistic works, so the Nike of Samothrake (1) is presented to you. It … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Pablo Picasso – Portrait of Ambroise Vollard

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Ambroise Vollard is regarded as one of the most important dealers in French contemporary art at the beginning of the twentieth century. He is credited with providing exposure and emotional support to numerous notable and unknown artists, including Paul Cézanne, Aristide … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – M. C. Escher – Still Life and Street

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Still Life and Street is a woodcut print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher which was first printed in March, 1937. It was his first print of an impossible reality. In this artwork we have two quite distinctly recognisable … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Grayson Perry – Comfort Blanket

Grayson Perry tapestry Comfort Blanket, 2014

Grayson Perry’s latest tapestry, which goes on public view at the British National Portrait Gallery in London on Saturday is a portrait of a nation. As Grayson says “you could lay it out for a national picnic”.  The style is based … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Sandro – Photography

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Sandro Miller (1958) is an American portrait photographer (working professionally as “Sandro”) known for his expressive images, and his close work with John Malkovich and the other ensemble members of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. At the Cannes Lions International Festival … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Geographer and The Astronomer – Johannes Vermeer

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   The Geographer and The Astronomer are paintings finished about 1668 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. They are both oil on canvas, 51 cm x 45 cm (20 x 18 in) The Geographer is in Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt and The Astronomer is on display at … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Lady Godiva – John Collier

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The Honourable John Maler Collier (27 January 1850 – 11 April 1934) was a leading English artist, and an author. He painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, and was one of the most prominent portrait painters of his generation. Both his marriages were to daughters of Thomas Henry Huxley. … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Subway – George Tooker

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George Clair Tooker, Jr. (August 5, 1920 – March 27, 2011) was an American figurative painter whose works are associated with the Magic realism and Social realism movements. He was one of nine recipients of the National Medal of Arts in 2007. In 1943, Tooker began attending at the Art … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Lost Tracks of Time – Matthew Malkiewicz

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It’s not often that we include photographs in our ‘featured artworks‘ category. But when we saw this beautiful photo of an old steam train we couldn’t help ourselves. This amazing picture is from a collection of photos by Matthew Malkiewicz … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Homer and His Guide – William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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Carrying on the Neoclassical tradition of David and Ingres, William-Adolphe Bouguereau dominated French academic painting of the late 19th century. Before becoming identified with beautifully crafted, albeit sentimental, images of women and children, Bouguereau concentrated on elevated religious and mythological … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Lady of Shalott – John William Waterhouse

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The Lady of Shalott is an 1888 oil-on-canvas painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse. The work is a representation of a scene from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1832 poem of the same name, in which the poet describes … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Sistine Chapel Ceiling – Michelangelo

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Click to see a beautiful large picture of the masterpiece The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, at the commission of Pope Julius II, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the large Papal Chapel built … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Steps at Wick – L.S. Lowry

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This oil on canvas by Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976), titled ‘Steps at Wick’ is signed and dated ‘L.S. LOWRY. 1937’ and measures 43.2 x 53.3 cm. The steps pictured in Lowry’s image were part of Thomas Telford’s 1809 scheme … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Composition VII – Kandinsky

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Kandinsky a Russian painter and art theorist is credited with painting the first modern abstract works. Composition VII was painted when Kandinsky lived in Munich, Germany. It is the seventh of his ten Compositions, the first three survive only in … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Death in the Sickroom – Edvard Munch

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Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. Although he is mostly known for his 1893 painting  The Scream, our favourite is this, … Continue reading

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