My Art Picks of the Week: Johannes Vermeer, Guercino and More

Here are some artworks that have been rocking my world lately for you to feast your eyes on. This week’s list includes works by Johannes Vermeer, Guercino, Kunisada and more.

 

The Concert
Johannes Vermeer, c. 1665
from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Depicts a musical trio of a woman playing the harpsichord, a seated man with a lute and a woman singing an accompaniment. It was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and has not yet been recovered.

 

Vigil of Prayer, Right Part of the Triptych “St. Joan of Arc”
Nicholas Roerich, 1931
from the International Centre of the Roerichs, Moscow, Russia.

Nicholas Roerich called his works “artistic comment” on the Living Ethics.

 

The Righteous Shall Receive a Crown of Glory
Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1901
from the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, United States.

This window memorial celebrates victory over death and the joyous hope of resurrection and is more optimistic than similar contemporary artifacts.

 

The Eighteen Plays of the Ichikawa Clan: Actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as the Medicine Vendor Toraya Tokichi
Kunisada, 1852
from the Freer of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington D.C., Seattle, United States.

This print is part of a set of 18 designs, each portraying an actor of the Danjuro line in a role from “The Kabuki Eighteen,” the representative collection of great plays of the family repertoire compiled in 1840 by Ichikawa Danjuro VII.

 

Cowboy: Study for Cowboys in the Badlands
Thomas Eakins, c. 1887-1888
from the Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, United States.

Thomas Eakins was greatly inspired by cowboys and life in the badlands. He was also fascinated with guns, had a violent side and was known to use guns to make threats or to kill animals.

 

From the Skeleton Building, Looking West
Alfred Stieglitz, 1935-1936
from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, United States.

Stieglitz took this photograph from the 30th floor of the nearby Shelton Hotel, where he and Georgia O’Keeffe, his wife at that time, worked and lived from 1925 to 1935. It was taken in the early morning when the contrast of light could turn the Midtown Manhattan skyline into a dynamic sculpture.

 

The Woman Taken in Adultery
Guercino, c. 1621
from the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Depicting the famous scene of Christ rescuing an adultress from being stoned to death. Guercino was a master storyteller, largely self-taught and known for his powerful use of the chiaroscuro technique.

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