Anonymous, active first quarter 17th century
Still Life, ca. 1610-10
oil on canvas, 65.7 x 48.3 cm (25-7/8 x 19 in.)

The selection of subjects for this painting and the way they are depicted indicate that the artist may be commenting on the brevity of life. The straw on the wine bottle is broken and uncoiled. The flowers are wilted. The butterflies, like the flowers, are also short-lived.


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Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, 1467-1516
Portrait of a Youth Holding an Arrow, ca. 1500-10
Oil on wood panel, 49.7 x 35.4 cm (19-5/8 x 14 in.)

Born in Milan to a noble family, Boltraffio entered the school of Leonardo da Vinci in 1491 and remained with him until around 1498 or 1499.


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Luca Carlevarijs, 1663-1730
The Piazzetta at Venice, ca. 1700-10
Oil on canvas, 96.5 X 195.3 cm (38 x 76-7/8 in.)

Luca Carlevarijs was the first painter of Italian origin to specialize in views of Venice. The artist's many precise renditions of the city reveal his early training as a mathematician.


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Guercino (born Giovanni Francesco Barbieri), 1591-1666
The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1654-55
Oil on canvas, 155.6 x 146.1 cm (61-1/4 x 57-1/2 in.)

The parable depicted by Guercino (a nickname meaning "squint-eyed") is the one most frequently represented in Western art as teaching repentance and forgiveness.


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Luca di Tommè, unknown-after 1390
The Trinity and the Crucifixion, with Scenes from the Life of Christ, ca. 1355
Tempera on panel, 56.9 x 54.4 cm (22-3/8 x 21-3/8 in.)

This triptych, or three-part altarpiece, is remarkable for being a compendium of narrative motifs more typically seen in larger format.

 


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