The following list, taken haphazard, of a few well-known works of art, with brief remarks about their painters, is fairly representative:— Ambassadors, The.
Painted by Hans Holbein (145)8-1554), a German of Basel, who, at the instance of Erasmus, came to England in 1526. the picture, in the National Gallery, is signed with a strange cryptogram.
Bacchus and Ariadne, by Titian (Tiziano Vecelli di Cadore), the Great Master of the Venetian School, who, born in 1477, lived to the year 1570, and was painting right up to his death.
One of the first important pictures purchased by the National Gallery.
Birth of Venus, by Botticelli (Sandro Filipepi)the famous Italian painter who also painted Spring (Primavara). These pictures are in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, and were in London at the Italian Exhibition some time ago.
Boy Blue, by T. Gainsborough (1727-1788), the most versatile of English painters, happy in landscape as portraiture. This picture was discovered some years ago in an appalling state and the restoring practically amounted to repainting.
In spite of this the picture was sold for a fabulous amount.
Bubbles, by Sir John Millais. This popular picture was sold by the artist for a large sum to Messrs. A. & F. Pears (of soap fame) ; used by them as an advertisement.
Captive Andromache, by Lord Leighton, the popular R.A., who also painted The Last Watch of Hero.
Derby Day, and The Railway Station, were painted by W. Frith, whose mid-Victorian groups will, in years to come, provide useful evidence of the costume of the period.
Dignity and Impudence and The Monarch of the Glen were painted by Sir Edwin Landseer, whose animal studies are probably the greatest in existence.
Henry VIII presenting the Charter to the Barber Surgeons Company, by Hans Holbein. This picture is in the hall of the Royal College of Surgeons, and is regarded as Holbein’s best work.
Horse Fair, by the famous French woman painter, Rosa Bonheur.
Love and Death and Mammon are both by the great G. F. Watts, whose mystical studies made him the most popular artist of the late Victorian era.
Madonna Ansidei, by the great Raffacl Sanzio, better known as Raphael (148:5-1520), is said to be the only perfect painting. It is in the National Gallery.
The Milkmaid (La Laitiere), by Grenze (152G-1805). This French painter is said to have rescued France from the slough of artificiality into which she fell. Mill, The, is one of the famous masterpieces of Rembrandt van Ryn, the greatest of the 17th century Dutch school. Rembrandt was the most versatile of painters.
Raffael Cartoons, a series of scriptoral drawings for tapestries, by Raffacl, were purchased by Charles I at the instance of Rubens in the 17th century. They are now at Hampton Court.
Rape of the Sabines, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), the
Flemish painter who settled in England before the Civil War, and was the friend of Charles I.
This is a painting of the famous French actress painted by /. L. David (1756-1825) the painter of the French Revolutionary period. It is one of the treasures in the Louvre at Paris.
Salisbury Cathedral, by John Constable (1776-1837) the greatest English landscape painter. This picture admirably depicts the artist’s fondness for framing his subjects in aureoles of trees.
Salome, by Carlo Dolci (1606-1686), the last of the great Florentine painters. Was one of the exhibits at the Italian Exhibition.
This great masterpiece of Thomas Gainsborough, is a portrait of the greatest of English actresses.
Temeraire, The Old, and Ulysses deriding Polyphemus are both by the great W. J. M. W. Turner, the most popular painter of the early nineteenth century.
This lovely composition by the famous Venetian painter Giorgione (1478-1511) was one of the outstanding features of the Italian Exhibition. It is the property of Prince Giovanelli.