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14 Paintings That Revolutionized Art

Johannes Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer Girl with A Pearl Earring Mauritshuis, The Hague Detail

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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

Pearls of Aphrodite, Herbert James Draper

Zinaida Yusupova by Francois Flameng (1856 - 1923)

Several sketches have been drawn by Leonardo Da Vinci that lead to a final painting, the Virgin and the Child with St. Anne. On this sketch of possibly St. Mary, Leonardo employed Sfumato (a technique to apply smoke for forms rather than edges to separate light and shadow). There’s no edge. It should disappear by blending same tone throughout. This also shows the master’s methodology of keeping his sketches in notes way before he was given a commission to work on a big project

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 using a degree of detailed realism that makes objects seem almost tangible."