July 20, 2015

Above: "Pompeii Scene", by Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Artists like Bougereau, Cabanel and Alma-Tadema were quite popular in the 1800's, creating
immaculately crafted Academic, classical-styled paintings that collectors wanted and paid handsomely for, but they fell out of favour in the 1900's for being
rehashes of classical painting styles. Some museums (like D'Orsay in Paris) have only recently begun displaying them again as audiences warm up to them.

Below: Picture 1 shows the statue of Spanish artist Goya in front of the Prado.

Picture 2 shows "David and Goliath", by Italian Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Caravaggio pioneered intense realism and dramatic lighting in his work, paralleling
his turbulent personal life, which included jailed on several occasions, vandalizing his own apartment, drinking like a fish and he ultimately had a death warrant
issued for him by the Pope after killing a young man. He died at 38 mysteriously after a reported fever, just on his way to Rome to receive a pardon for the murder.

Picture 3 is "Saturn Devouring His Son", by Francisco Goya, painted during his "black paintings" period after the death of his
friend and his declining health. These 14 paintings were murals on his home walls. He never wrote about them or intended for
them to be displayed, but they were painstakingly transferred to canvas and are now all on display at the Prado.

Picture 4 is one of three, and probably the best "The Immaculate Conception", by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
Picture 5 and 6 is first Peter Paul Rubens version of the "The Immaculate Conception", and second his version of the "Three Graces".
In the later painting on the left is his wife Helena Fourment, whom he married at 16 when he was 53 years old.

Picture 7 is "Portrait of a Cardinal", by Raphael.
Picture 8 is "The Fall of Man", by Italian master Tiziano Vecelli (Titian).
Picture 9 is the full view of the painting "Las Meninas", by Diego Velázquez.
Picture 10 is a Charlie Chaplin at the Puerta del Sol.

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