14 Paintings That Revolutionized Art
The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel). circa 1665, oil on canvas, is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks and, as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. Today the painting is kept in the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa." Wikipedia.
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
The reappearance of Waterhouse's Boreas in the saleroom in the mid 1990s caused a sensation as it had been lost for 90 years. Called Boreas after the north wind in Greek mythology, the work shows a young girl in a windswept landscape. In 1904 the Royal Academy notes described the subject as: "In wind-blown draperies of slate-colour and blue, a girl passes through a spring landscape accented by pink blossom and daffodils". Since then, the picture's whereabouts have been unknown and it was refe...