Posts tagged "jan"
VERMEER'S HANGOVER

VERMEER’S HANGOVER

    It’s been Dutch painting for me over the last few months and one interesting thing I noticed is the huge contrast between the work of Jan Steen, who was born in Leiden in 1626, and Jan Vermeer who was born in Delft – some ten miles from Leiden – six years later. Two...
JAN VAN EYCK IS A REAL ARTIST!

JAN VAN EYCK IS A REAL ARTIST!

    Jan van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ is a fascinating painting in so many ways that I won’t attempt to enumerate even the most obvious ones… Actually, maybe I will give it a little try: That wonderful degree of photographic realism that has survived the 579 years since it was painted and still creates the...
LIFE IN THE CAMERA OBSCURA

LIFE IN THE CAMERA OBSCURA

    Wherever there is a discussion about the use of optics in Western painting the name Johannes Vermeer never takes long to arise. It’s easy, and even fun from our perspective as people who came to a world saturated with photographs, to spot recognisable characteristics of photographic images in Vermeer’s paintings: people caught in...