Masterpieces

Las Meninas By Diego Velázquez

Las Meninas By Diego Velázquez

The iconic Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez gives us an intimate perspective on a secret world. This portrait of Spain’s King Philip IV reveals the inner court with resonant details.

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit by John Singer Sargent

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit by John Singer Sargent

Sisters dwell in distinct developmental stages for The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. This famous John Singer Sargent painting holds viewers rapt in a sisterhood spell.

Frozen River by Hendrick Avercamp

Frozen River by Hendrick Avercamp

Mute painter Henrick Avercamp sings an icy opera with Frozen River. In fact, his expressions range from delight to death here. Without a word spoken, Avercamp tells us a complex emotional story.

Approaching Storm by Eugène Boudin

Approaching Storm by Eugène Boudin

Nature versus Man whips like wind through the painting Approaching Storm. Eugène Boudin often painted the moneyed and middle class. Their fancy finery struck a wry contrast with Mother Nature.

The UnderCliff by Richard Parkes Bonington

The UnderCliff by Richard Parkes Bonington

Waves crash The Undercliff painting with foreboding. This makes sense. After all, Richard Parkes Bonington painted it one month before dying.

EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II by Frank Auerbach

EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II by Frank Auerbach

The painting EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II presents us with seductive obscurity. Frank Auerbach was a true romantic and it shows here. This painting may seem blunt at first. But the piece demands a deeper look.

Death and Fire by Paul Klee

Death and Fire by Paul Klee

War and Death ruled Paul Klee’s life when he painted Death and Fire. Torn asunder by World War II and a seering case of scleroderma – Klee suffered while painting this. His pain shows.

Nude in the Bath by Pierre Bonnard

Nude in the Bath by Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard painted four versions of Nude in the Bath. It wasn’t an obsession – just routine. In fact, the habit was not even his. Bonnard’s wife, Marthe de Méligny, loved bath time best.

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

The Annunciation marks a critical inflection point for Christianity. Keeping that in mind, painter Fra Angelico uses a golden laser beam to direct viewers’ eyes.

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street; Rainy Day gives us a slice of life. It’s an unromantic, realistic painting during peak Impressionism. At the same time it captures 19th century Paris with a fresh allure.

Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel

Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel

Clarity and purpose shine through Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel. Its sharp cold bite make this more than a landscape. But on the most basic level it’s one of the best landscapes ever.

Unconscious Rivals by Lawrence Alma Tadema

Unconscious Rivals by Lawrence Alma Tadema

Cupid’s off to the side in Alma Tadema’s painting Unconscious Rivals. That’s because love plays a mere supporting role in this portrait. But pay no attention to the title, it’s not about rivalry either. This is a painting about friendship.

Snap the Whip – Winslow Homer

Snap the Whip – Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer’s Snap the Whip delights in joyful nostalgia. No matter the life we’ve led, at some point we all had a moment like this. These scampering bare feet sing to us of freedom.

Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Birth of Venus serves up instant recognition. We’re all familiar with Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece. But have we looked at it? It’s a birth – messy baby business. But this portrait shows neither mess nor baby, only beauty.

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri – George Bingham

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri – George Bingham

George Caleb Bingham’s painting, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, dwells in romanticism. The work reminds us that romance in art takes many forms.

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

Marcel Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even” has two frames. They create a symbolic opposition that permeates the work.

Apollo and Daphne – Antonio Pollaiuolo

Apollo and Daphne – Antonio Pollaiuolo

Antonio Pollaiuolo’s 15th century Italian masterpiece explores the myth of Apollo and Daphne. It’s the classic tale of unrequited love, with a laurel-scented twist.

Lady With a Drawing of Lucretia – Lorenzo Lotto

Lady With a Drawing of Lucretia – Lorenzo Lotto

Lorenzo Lotto’s lady in an ornate dress refers to the tale of Lucretia from Livy’s History of Rome. Both Lucretias in the painting are bold, though trapped by public opinion.

Death of Marat – Jacques-Louis David

Death of Marat – Jacques-Louis David

Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David proves that Masterpieces have baggage too. This well-known piece speaks to us from the French Revolution. Unfortunately, it doesn’t speak the truth.

Here Comes The Diesel by Leon Kossoff

Here Comes The Diesel by Leon Kossoff

Here Comes the Diesel by Leon Kossoff feels like a fight. Viewers must battle our way through the choppy chaotic brambles to even see the title’s train.

Wealth by Simon Vouet

Wealth by Simon Vouet

Baroque painters, like Simon Vouet with his painting Wealth, reveled in allegory. They swam in it, like Scrooge McDuck in his pool of gold coins.