Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Rogier van der Weyden


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 15th Century artist, Rogier van der Weyden [Flemish, 1399?-1464] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Weyden_Rogier_van_der

Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400–1464), was a South-Netherlandish painter, chronologically halfway up the list of mediaeval West-European innovators, ranking between Jan van Eyck and Hugo van der Goes, known as the Flemish primitives.


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The Annunciation

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Francesco d’Este

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Braque Family Triptych Right Panel

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Portrait of a Lady

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Fra Carnevale


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 15th Century artist, Fra Carnevale [Italian, c.1445-1484] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Fra_Carnevale

Fra Carnevale (active in Florence, 1445; died in Urbino, 1484), Bartolomeo Corradini, was an Italian painter. On 28 November 1445 he was described as a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi. He was active in his home town of Urbino by 1451, when he received payments on behalf of the syndics of S Domenico for the doorway and glazed terracotta lunette commissioned from Maso di Bartolommeo and Luca della Robbia in Florence. He was absolved from painting an altarpiece in 1456. From 1461 he was parish priest at San Cassiano di Cavallino, near Urbino, but he appears to have been active in Urbino, where in 1467 he received payments for an altarpiece of the Birth of the Virgin for S Maria della Bella. This was his most famous work, which Vasari said influenced Bramante. The picture was confiscated by Cardinal Antonio Barberini in 1631 and has been identified with two panels from his collection (New York, Met., and Boston, MA, Mus. F.A.). Carnevale is listed in a later memoria among the engineers and architects of Federigo II da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino.


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Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

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Madonna and Child

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The Annunciation

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The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Gentile Massi


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 15th Century artist, Gentile Massi [Italian, 1370?-?1427] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Massi_Gentile

Italian painter in the International Gothic style. Originally named Gentile di Niccolò di Giovanni di Massio, he was named after his birthplace, Fabriano in the Marches. He carried out important commissions in several major Italian art centres and was recognized as one of the foremost artists of his day, but most of the work on which his great contemporary reputation was based has been destroyed. It included frescos in the Doges’ Palace in Venice (1408) and for St John Lateran in Rome (1427). In between he worked in Florence, Siena, and Orvieto.


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Presentation of Christ in the Temple

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Four Saints of the Poliptych Quaratesi

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Pilgrims at the Tomb of St Nicholas of Bari

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The Adoration of the Magi

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Fra Filippo Lippi


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 15th Century artist of the Early Renaissance movement, Fra Filippo Lippi [Florentine, 1406-1469] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Lippi_Fra_Filippo

The Italian painter Fra Filippo Lippi (ca. 1406–1469) was an important link between the early and late 15th-century Florentine painters. He was born in Florence and took his vows in 1421 in the monastery S. Maria del Carmine, where Masaccio frescoed the Brancacci Chapel in the church (1426–1427). By 1430 Lippi is mentioned in church documents as “painter.” Masaccio’s influence, as well as Donatello’s, can be seen in Lippi’s early works, such as the Tarquinia Madonna of 1437 (National Gallery, Rome) and the Annunciation (S. Lorenzo, Florence) and Barbadori Altar (Louvre, Paris), both begun in 1437–1438. However, the severity of Masaccio and Donatello was mitigated by Lippi, who was instrumental in salvaging from the Gothic past the lyrical expressiveness of a linear mode which Masaccio had all but given up for modeling in chiaroscuro.


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Madonna and Child with Two Angels

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The Annunciation

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Annunciation with two Kneeling Donors

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Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels, St. Frediano and St. Augustine

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Fra Angelico


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 15th Century artist, Fra Angelico [Italian, 1387-1455] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Fra_Angelico

Fra Angelico (Fra Giovanni da Fiesole) (Guido di Pietro) (c. 1400-55). Florentine painter, a Dominican friar. Although in popular tradition he has been seen as ‘not an artist properly so-called but an inspired saint’ (Ruskin), Angelico was in fact a highly professional artist, who was in touch with the most advanced developments in contemporary Florentine art and in later life travelled extensively for prestigious commissions. He probably began his career as a manuscript illuminator, and his early paintings are strongly influenced by International Gothic. But even in the most lavishly decorative of them all — the Annunciation in the Diocesan Museum in Cortona — Masaccio’s incluence is evident in the insistent perspective of the architecture. For most of his career Angelico was based in S. Domenico in Fiesole (he became Prior there in 1450), but his most famous works were painted at S. Marco in Florence (now an Angelico museum), a Sylvestrine monastry which was taken over by his Order in 1436. He and his assistants painted about fifty frescos in the friary (c.1438-45) that are at once the expression of and a guide to the spiritual life of the community. Many of the frescos are in the friars’ cells and were intended as aids to devotion; with their immaculate coloring, their economy in drawing and composition, and their freedom from the accidents of time and place, they attain a sense of blissful serenity.


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Konrad Witz


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 15th Century artist, Konrad Witz [German-Swiss, c.1400-1446] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Witz_Konrad

Konrad Witz, (born ca. 1400, Rottweil, died ca. 1446, Basel), was a German-born painter from Rottweil in Swabia, active in Switzerland and generally considered a member of the Swiss school. He entered the painters’ guild in Basle in 1434 and apparently spent the rest of his career there and in Geneva. Little else is known of him and few paintings by him survive. These few, however, show that he was remarkably advanced in his naturalism, suggesting a knowledge of the work of his contemporaries Jan van Eyck and the Master of Flémalle. In place of the soft lines and lyrical qualities of International Gothic we find in Witz’s work heavy, almost stumpy, figures, whose ample draperies emphasize their solidity.


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The Miraculous Draught of Fishes

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The Adoration of the Magi

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The Annunciation

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St Bartholomew

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Filippino Lippi


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 15th Century artist of the Early Renaissance movement, Filippino Lippi [Florentine, 1457-1504] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Lippi_Filippino

Florentine painter, the son and pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi. who died when the boy was about 12. The boy completed his father’s work (or at least cleared up his estate) in Spoleto (the final receipts for Filippo’s frescoes in the Spoleto Cathedral was signed by Filippino) and he set off alone for Florence on 1 January 1470. He also studied with Botticelli and learned much from his expressive use of line, but Filippino’s style, although sensitive and poetic, is more robust than his master’s. The first certainly datable work by Filippino is the Annunciation on two tondi (1483–84, San Gimignano).


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The Adoration of the Child

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Tobias and the Angel

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Self Portrait (detail)

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Double Portrait of Piero del Pugliese and Filippino Lippi

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Andrea Mantegna


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Today’s Featured Artist at the e.Gallery is a 15th Century artist of the Early Renaissance movement, Andrea Mantegna [Italian, 1431-1506] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Mantegna_Andrea

Mantegna, Andrea (1431?-1506). An Italian painter and engraver, Mantegna painted heroic figures, often using a dramatic perspective that gives the viewer the illusion of looking up from below. The effect is somewhat the same as looking up from ground level at statues mounted on a pedestal.


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The Agony in the Garden

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Calvary

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The Lamentation over the Dead Christ

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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Sandro Botticelli


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Today’s Featured Artist at the e.Gallery is a 15th Century artist of the Early Renaissance movement, Sandro Botticelli [Italian, 1445-1510] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Botticelli_Sandro

Original name ALESSANDRO DI MARIANO FILIPEPI (born 1445, Florence [Italy] – died May 17, 1510, Florence), Florentine early Renaissance painter whose Birth of Venus (c. 1485) and Primavera (1477–78) are often said to epitomize for modern viewers the spirit of the Renaissance. His ecclesiastical commissions included work for all the major churches of Florence and for the Sistine Chapel in Rome. His name is derived from his elder brother Giovanni, a pawnbroker, who was called Il Botticello (“The Little Barrel”).


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The Adoration of the Magi

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The Cestello Annunciation

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Primavera

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St. Augustine

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Gentile Massi


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Today’s Featured Artist at the e.Gallery is a 15th Century artist, Gentile Massi [Italian, 1370?-?1427] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Fabriano_Gentile_da

Italian painter in the International Gothic style.
Originally named Gentile di Niccolo di Giovanni di Massio, he was
named after his birthplace, Fabriano in the Marches. He carried out
important commissions in several major Italian art centres and was
recognized as one of the foremost artists of his day, but most of the
work on which his great contemporary reputation was based has been
destroyed. It included frescos in the Doges’ Palace in Venice (1408)
and for St John Lateran in Rome (1427). In between he worked in
Florence, Siena, and Orvieto.


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Presentation of Christ in the Temple

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Four Saints of the Poliptych Quaratesi

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Pilgrims at the Tomb of St Nicholas of Bari

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The Adoration of the Magi