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14 Paintings That Revolutionized Art

From Gustav Klimt's gilded aesthetic to Hieronymus Bosch's devilish landscapes, the realm of art history has seen its fair share of radical painters. Today we accept the work of these artists as part of the canon, but at the time of their debut, masterpieces like "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" and "The Garde... • 45 weeks ago

14 Paintings That Revolutionized Art

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14 Paintings That Revolutionized Art

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How to Paint Like Vermeer, as Explained by a Techie - Picture: Johannes Vermeer, "A lady at the virginals with a gentleman (The Music Lesson)" (c 1662–65),oil on canvas, 28.9 x 25.4 in

Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa (La Gioconda)" (1503-1506) - "Leonardo's skill in creating the ambiguous expression, the subtle modeling of the forms, and the illusion of atmosphere are qualities that ...

Andrew Wyeth, "Distant Thunder" 1961

Paul Cézanne's "Montagne Sainte-Victoire" (1887) - "[Cezanne] was the first artist to dissect objects into simple geometric shapes and to treat nature 'by means of the cylinder, the sphere and the cone.'"

Jan van Eyck's "The Arnolfini Portrait" (1434) - "From the fabrics and the fur trimming of the clothes to the wooden window frame and the bull's eye windowpanes -- everything is depicted us...

John Singer Sargent's "Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)" (1884)

Painting--complementary colors... change as the sky changes.

Reverse-Engineering a Genius (Has a Vermeer Mystery Been Solved?) David Hockney & others have speculated—controversially—that a camera obscura could have helped the Dutch painter Vermeer achieve his photo-realistic effects in the 1600s.