The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda or La Joconde) is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.” The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. It is on permanent display at the Musee du Louvre in Paris since 1797. The ambiguity of the subject’s expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic, the monumentality of the composition, the subtle modeling of forms and the atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work.
Walter Crane Two Swans (1875)
This is one of Walter Crane’s earliest designs for wallpaper. Flowers and animals were the most common decorative elements of The Arts and Crafts Movement.
Hieronymus Bosch The Garden Of Earthly Delights (1500)
The Garden of Earthly Delights is the modern title given to a triptych painted by the Early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch. It has been housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid since 1939. Dating from between 1490 and 1510, when Bosch was about 40 or 50 years old, it is his best-known and most ambitious, complete work. It reveals the artist at the height of his powers; in no other painting does he achieve such complexity of meaning or such vivid imagery. The triptych is painted in oil on oak and is formed from a square middle panel flanked by two other oak rectangular wings that close over the center as shutters. The outer wings, when folded, show a grisaille painting of the earth during the biblical narrative of Creation. The three scenes of the inner triptych are probably (but not necessarily) intended to be read chronologically from left to right. The left panel depicts God presenting Eve to Adam, the central panel is a broad panorama of figures, fantastical animals, oversized fruit and hybrid stone formations. The right panel is a hellscape and portrays the torments of damnation.
Gustav Klimt – Tree of Life Detail – Lebensbaum
A symbolic painting from Gustav Klimt’s golden phase completed in 1909.
Blue Moon Silk Stockings Vintage Advertisement
Blue Moon Silk Stockings, 1920s US vintage advertisement, featuring a beautiful blonde, sitting on a crescent moon. The painting is an interpretation of the masterpiece by Gustav Tenggren.