Art

The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice; Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaletto

Canaletto - The Grand Canal from the Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi towards S. Geremia RCIN 406982.jpg

The Grand Canal from the Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi towards S. Geremia, Source: Wikipedia

Return of the Bucintoro to the Molo on Ascension Day, painted 1729–32

Return of the Bucintoro to the Molo on Ascension Day, Source: Wikipedia

My favorite painter is Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768), better known as Caneletto. He was a Venetian painter, who was generously supported by Owen Swiny and Joseph Smith, wealthy British patrons. What is so fascinating about his artwork is his focus on details an the accuracy of the building structures.

Joseph Vernet, 1759, Shipwreck, Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanticism

Frederic Edwin Church, 1860, Twilight in the Wilderness, Source: Wikipedia

Albert Bierstadt, 1863, The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak. Source: Wikipedia

I also like 18th-19th  century Romanticist paintings that depict a version of nature. Nothing beats walking in the park and be surrounded by trees, but in the absence of being with nature one can admire the great paintings during that period. Romanticism is a broader movement that emphasized individualism, scientific rationality, the glorification of the past and nature.

Adam and Eve

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nude_(art)

Dancers and Flutists, Thebes ca 1400 BCE

Michelangelo, 1512, Creation of Adam

Another appealing art form is nude art. The female body has been a common source of artwork, which is not surprising given that most painters were male. Earlier forms of nude art by the ancient Greeks involved exclusively male figures, which Michelangelo revived in the 16th century.

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