Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Diego Velazquez: Tavern Scene

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Diego Velazquez: Tavern Scene

This is a painting by Velazquez, a very famous Spanish artist. And the painting is titled “Tavern scene”. This is a typical topic and genre of the time. The painting was made in the first two decades of the 17th century; quite precisely around 1622. And this is the period of the Golden Age in […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Style of Goya

This is the time of Romanticism as far as the art historical period is concerned. A lot of people might be wondering why I call this painting itself Romantic. Goya is one of the most famous Romantic artists because by looking at the painting, you can see fight, you can see war, you can see […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Style of El Greco

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Style of El Greco

The composition is crowded. The Mannerist painters did not want to have the kind of harmony Renaissance painters were craving for. Mannerist artists and one of the most emblematic Mannerist artist is El Greco himself. He wanted to express religious, deep emotions, and devotion. This death of religiosity produces expressive colors and by saying expressive […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : El Greco: “The Agony in the Garden”

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : El Greco: “The Agony in the Garden”

This is a famous Mannerist painting by a very famous Mannerist painter called El Greco. El Greco is regarded as a Spanish painter and indeed he’s a Spanish painter although his name means “the Greek”, El Greco. And the reasons why we still regard him as a Spanish painter, because most of his time and […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Raphael: “The Esterhazy Madonna”

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Raphael: “The Esterhazy Madonna”

This painting was made in Florence. Raphael Sanzio actually spent four years in Florence. At the time, Florence was probably the most important art center in the world. In the 15th and early 16th century there were so many artists living in Florence, who basically revolutionized art in Europe. What you can see here, this […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Style of Titian

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Style of Titian

The Venetian painters, as opposed to the Florentine painters, as I mentioned before famous for their colors, as opposed to the Florentine precision of drawing, of course both in Florence and Venice, the famous and the well-known painters could draw as well as they could paint. But if we could make a comparison between the […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Giorgione: “Portrait of a Youth”

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Giorgione: “Portrait of a Youth”

Giorgione, whose painting we can see here is one of the most enigmatic artists in the Renaissance period. He was a contemporary of Raphael Sanzio, who actually died just as early as Raphael Sanzio. Both of them died in their thirties, and both of them achieved such greatness in painting that people can’t understand how […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Raphael: Portrait of Young Man

Next to this painting, you can see another very popular Renaissance genre, portraiture. This is a portrait by Raphael Sanzio as well. We don’t actually know who this young man is, but we know that he is a young man, that he knows that he must have lived in the early 16th century. We can […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Goya

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Goya

This is a popular topic on the painting by Goya, the famous Spanish artist. This is a scene from the Spanish War of Independence. So what you can see there, this is a war scene. You can see armed people against unarmed people. The question is who the armed ones are and who are the […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Raphael

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Raphael

We are looking at a painting by Raphael Sanzio, who was Renaissance artist. In fact, one of the great masters of High Renaissance. What we can see here, this is the very typical topic by him, Madonna, Jesus, and St. John the Baptist. That’s two babies. Raphael Sanzio is very famous for his Madonnas. He […]

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