Frozen River by Hendrick Avercamp

Frozen-River---Hendrick-Avercamp-1620--landscape oil painting

Mute painter Hendrick Avercamp sings an icy opera with Frozen River. His expressions range from delight to death in this painting. Without a word spoken, Avercamp tells us a complex emotional story. It’s a dramedy.

Unconscious Rivals by Lawrence Alma Tadema

Unconscious Rivals - Sir 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 painting celebrates friendship.