Thursday, 24 September 2020

Red Geranium

Red Geranium - Oil on canvas panel (6" x 8") by Benoit Philippe

 

Thursday, 17 September 2020

My Coffee Mug

 

My Coffee Mug - Oil on canvas board (8" x 6") by Benoit Philippe 

Friday, 11 September 2020

Marco Del Re at the Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambrésis (France)

 For the temporary exhibition “Tout va bien monsieur Matisse” (Everything is well Mr. Matisse) 8 contemporary artists have produce works inspired by Matisse’s works. One of them is the Italian artist Marco Del Re.


 

Le Jardin d’Eden I – Monotype on Nepal paper by Marco Del Re

La chambre rouge I – Monotype on Nepal paper by Marco Del Re


Nature morte et artichauts – Oil on canvas (2010) by Marco Del Re


Elégie romaine – Oil on canvas (2012) by Marco Del Re

Le Jardin de Saint Paul – Oil on canvas (2012) by Marco Del Re

Chevelure II – Engraved plaster (2006) by Marco Del Re

Chevelure II (detail)

Allegorie de la peinture II - Oil on canvas (2013) by Marco Del Re

 

The Exhibition

Tout va bien monsieur Matisse (Everything is well Mr. Matisse)
11 juillet 2020 - 17 janvier 2021

Musée départemental Matisse
Palais Fénelon
Place du Commandant Richez
59360 Le Cateau-Cambrésis
France

Official site of theMatisse Museum 

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

103 Hokusai drawings acquired by the British Museum

The British Museum recently acquired a Series of 103 Preparatory drawings by Hokusai for an illustrated book titled: Banbutsu ehon taizen zu 万物絵本大全図 (Great Picture Book of Everything).

These drawings were produced in 1829. This was a difficult time for Hokusai. As indicated in the Curator's comments, Hokusai suffered a stroke in 1827 or 1828, and his second wife died in 1828;

The Picture Book of Everything was never published and this is why we still have these drawings today. The process of engraving Ukiyo-e (Woodblock print) involves sticking the block-ready drawings onto the cherry-wood printing blocks before cutting it. The drawing is destroyed in the process.

Great Picture Book of Everything, were owned Henri by Vever (a French Art Nouveau jeweller). The works were then sold at auction in Paris in 1948 and had been in private collection ever since. They were auctioned again in June 2019 and the British Museum acquired them.

 


Preparatory drawing (hanshita-e) for an illustrated book, mounted on card. Two cranes and two turtles climbing on lotus leaves. Ink on paper by Katsushika Hokusai (1829).© The Trustees of the British Museum – Used under (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license

 

Preparatory drawing (hanshita-e) for an illustrated book, mounted on card. Wu Zixu holding up a bronze vessel weighing 1,000 catties. Ink on paper by Katsushika Hokusai (1829).- © The Trustees of the British Museum – Used under (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license


Preparatory drawing (hanshita-e) for an illustrated book, mounted on card. Ke Dao, Cai Lun, Li Chao and his son Ting Zhi engaged in tasks associated with publishing (carving woodblocks, making paper). Ink on paper by Katsushika Hokusai (1829).© The Trustees of the British Museum – Used under (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license

You can see these works on site of the online collection of the British Museum 

Make sure you read the Curator's comments which are well written. For each entry, you can also read a translation of the text on the drawing.

Another remarkable feature is that you can zoom in and see the fine details of each drawing.


Monday, 1 June 2020

Cygnets - Watercolour

Cygnets - Watercolour (18 cm x 24 cm) by Benoit Philippe

I painted this watercolour from a photograph I took with my phone on a recent run in a local park.

The paper is Watercolour Studio by Fabiano (Cold pressed - 140lb). Paints are Sennelier and Windsor & Newton watercolour.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Raffaello Sanzio paintings at the Galleria Degli Uffizi in Florence

Portrait of Elisabetta Gonzaga, Duchess of Urbino - Oil on panel (52.9 x 37.4 cm) by Raffaello Sanzio 

Mary, Christ and the young John the Baptist, known as the “Madonna of the Goldfinch” - Oil on wood (107 x 77.2 cm) by Raffaello Sanzio 

Portraits of Agnolo Doni - Oil on basswood panel (63.5 x 45 cm) by Raffaello Sanzio 

Portraits of Maddalena Doni - Oil on basswood panel (63.5 x 45 cm) by Raffaello Sanzio 

The museum

Galleria Degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
50122 Florence, Italy

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Veronese paintings at the Galleria Degli Uffizi

The Annunciation - Oil on canvas (143 cm x291 cm) by Paolo Veronese 

Veronese birth name was Paolo Caliari (or Cagliari). He chose his artist name of Veronese because he was born in Verona. He was a famous painter of the Renaissance.

The Choice of Hercules or The Choice Between Virtue and Vice - Oil on wood, (19 cm x 17 cm) by Paolo Veronese 

Saint Agatha Crowned by Angels - Oil on canvas (219.1 cm × 169.5 cm) by Paolo Veronese 

The museum

Galleria Degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
50122 Florence, Italy

Thursday, 23 April 2020

The Battle of San Romano by Uccello the Galleria Degli Uffizi

Battle of San Romano - Tempera on wood (182 x 323 cm) by Paolo Uccello 

The Florentine forces lead by Niccolò da Tolentino were victorious over the Sienese troops and the alliance lead by the Duke of Milan.

This was one of three paintings to celebrate this victory. One of the other panels is now at the National Gallery in London (England), and the third panel is now at the Louvre Museum in Paris (France). 

Battle of San Romano (detail) 

Battle of San Romano (detail)

 Battle of San Romano (detail) 


The museum

Galleria Degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
50122 Florence, Italy

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Leonardo da Vinci paintings in the Galleria Degli Uffizi

Annunciation - Oil on wood (90 x 222 cm) by Leonardo da Vinci 


An interesting point made in the commentary to this painting: “Some anomalies can be found in the figure of the Virgin, whose right arm appears too long – perhaps a reflection of Leonardo’s early research into optics, which would have taken into account a lateral viewpoint (from the right) – and lowered, due to the original location of the painting, over a side altar in a church.” (Source: Uffizi site)

Adoration of the Magi San Donato in Scopeto - Drawing in charcoal, watercolour ink and oil on wood (244 x 240 cm) by Leonardo da Vinci 

This painting was a commission from the Augustinian monks. The panel was for the high altar in the church of San Donato in Scopeto, (just outside Florence’s city walls). Leonardo never finished the work. It is interesting to see the different stages and have a glimpse into Leonardo’s process. The sky consists of a white lead base coat and lapis lazuli (which was an expensive precious stone and was therefore used in thin transparent layers over the white background).

The Baptism of Christ - Tempera and oil on panel (177 x 151 cm) by Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci 

Leonardo was a pupil of Verrocchio. According to Giorgio Vasari (a mid-16th century historian best known for his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects), Leonardo painted the figure of the angel on the left with such skill that he upset the older Verrocchio.

Current studies consider that Leonardo’s work on the painting was more extensive and included the landscape, golden light and the figure of Christ.

The museum

Galleria Degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
50122 Florence, Italy

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Monday, 13 April 2020

Religious paintings in the Galleria Degli Uffizi in Florence

The Ognissanti Madonna – Tempera on wood by Giotto di Bondone

Virgin and Child enthroned, surrounded by angels (known as the Rucellai Madonna) Tempera on wood by Duccio di Buoninsegna 

Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus – Tempera on wood by Lippo Memmi and Simone Martini 

Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus (Detail) 

Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus (Detail) 

Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus (Detail)

 Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus (Detail) 

nnunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus (Detail) 

Lamentation over the Dead Christ – Tempera on wood by Giottino

Adoration of the Magi – Tempera on wood (300 x 282 cm) by Gentile da Fabriano 

Adoration of the Magi  (Detail)

Adoration of the Magi  (Detail)

Adoration of the Magi  (Detail)

Adoration of the Magi - Tempera on panel (171.5 cm diameter) by Domenico Ghirlandaio

 Adoration of the Christ Child – Tempera on wood by Filippino Lippi

Adoration of the Christ Child (Detail) 

Madonna and Child with Two Angels – Tempera on wood by Filippino Lippi 

Coronation of the Virgin – Tempera on wood by Filippino Lippi

 Adoration of the Christ Child with St Joseph, St Jerome, St HilarionSt Mary Magdalen and Angels – Tempera on wood by Filippino Lippi 

Adoration of the Christ Child with St Joseph, St Jerome, St HilarionSt Mary Magdalen and Angels (Detail)

Madonna and child Enthroned with Angels – Tempera on wood by Cosimo Rosselli 

Madonna and child Enthroned with Angels (Detail)

Adoration of the Shepherds – Tempera on wood by Giorgio Vasari 

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Francis, a Sainted Bishop, John the Baptist and St Mary Magdalene – Tempera on wood by Gherardo di Giovanni


Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Francis, a Sainted Bishop, John the Baptist and St Mary Magdalene (Detail)


The museum

Galleria Degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
50122 Florence, Italy