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Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

This master piece created by Leonardo Da Vinci is well known every where. It's painted during the 16th century using oil on poplar panel. This painting uses a simple pyramid design popular during the renaissance. The colours of this portrait is mild and calm. The women's face and hands are the only bright objects to draw attention. This painting is among the first to have an imaginary background, which appears to be mountains and rivers.


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Girl with the Pearl Earring

Girl with the Pearl Earring

This painting by the Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer, is oil on canvas. It is painted during the late 17th century. It is referred as "Mona Lisa of the North", yet very little is known about the painting and the artist. Mona Lisa draws people in with her mysterious smile, whereas this girl draws people in with her surprised and startled looks. The back ground is dark so eyes are drawn to the lady. The subtle lighting and reflection of light from her eyes granted her the same curiosity as Mona Lisa.


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Arnolfini Portrait

arnolfini portrait

This painting is by Jan van Eyck, who is considered the best of Northern European painters during the 15th century. This painting is oil on oak panel. The details of this painting is astonishing for the 15th century. From the small mirror on the back wall we can see the backs of the couple. The lighting of this painting is quite different from the later paintings, yet it undoubtly depicts a room with space and people. There are many different opinions as to what this painting is for, most believe it's a legal contract of marriage between the two people.


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Starry Night Over the Rhone

Starry Night Over the Rhone

This is an 1888 painting by Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch post-impressionist. It shows the night scene at a quay of south France, Arles. This picture makes good use of colour and shows the reflections of gas light in the water. It captures the contrast between starlight and electric light, which is new at the time. This is also oil on canvas.


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