Detail from 'Saint George and the Dragon'. The fleeing princess from Saint George and the Dragon reveals how Tintoretto explores a reoccurring motif in Renaissance painting: flowing drapery. Flying, flowing drapery allowed Renaissance artists to fill dull passages, unite different groups, and frame elements. In comparison to other Renaissance artists, Tintoretto subordinates drapery to the design as a whole, not allowing it to become the centrepiece.

Auguste Rodin, Orpheus and Eurydice, 1893, detail 7 by DeBeer, via Flickr

Rembrandt. detail

The Undergrowth in the Forest of Saint-Germain: Claude Monet, 1882

Rembrandt - Archangel (detail) 1637

Tintoretto, Maddalena, 1598.

Rembrandt, Portrait of a Lady with an Ostrich-Feather (detail), ca. 1658

love Albrecht Dürer

"Dance in the City": Renoir

Michelangelo, Isaiah, Detail from the Sistine Chapel ceiling, 1511-2

Hugo Grenville. Adore.

"Princess Marthe-Lucile Bibesco of Romania", 1911 ~ by Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)

Michelangelo Merisi, detto il Caravaggio (1571-1610) The Inspiration of Saint Matthew, 1602 (detail) Rome, San Luigi dei Francesi

16th Century Venetian Gown

Peter Paul Rubens’ Saint Sebastian, c. 1614

Gaston Bussière "Isolde" 1911

Archangel Gabriel icon, at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

whistler - harmony in grey and green, miss cicely alexander - 1872-74 - tate gallery, london.

Four Dancers Edgar Degas

John Waterhouse 'Saint Cecilia' (detail) 1895. John William Waterhouse [British Pre-Raphaelite Painter, 1849-1917]

Mars detail from 'Venus and Mars'. This Mars detail from Venus and Mars by Botticelli shows us the artist’s focus on expressiveness, contrary to other Renaissance artists who aimed for geometrically accurate representations. Mars’ expression of utter relaxation sets the painting in a certain spirit, which would be destroyed by straight, geometric lines. Botticelli’s soft technique enhances Mars’ beauty, taking us to a calm space in time where we can relax. Who wouldn’t like that?