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Pieter Brueghel - The Return Of The Hunters
Hundreds of tiny people are scattered over a vast frozen landscape. We look from a hilltop, over miles of snow, to a jagged mountain range.
Jordaens - The Bean-King's Feast
At this traditional festival, once a year in the Netherlands, a cake was cut, and whoever found the bean that had been baked in it was king of the feast.
Rubens - Landscape With Philemon And Baucis
One of many outlets for the prolific energy of Rubens was the painting of landscapes. In this field, as in others, he was a dominating influence in the Europe of his day.
Vermeer - The Artist In His Studio
The illusion of reality is immediate and surprising. One is suddenly looking into an actual room, full of solid furniture and hangings, in which a painter in Dutch costume sits motionless for an instant to glance at his model.
Albrecht Durer - Knight, Death And Devil
Darer's high rank in this medium is much more secure than in painting. His color is often acrid and harsh, and at best adequate in a conventional way.
Rembrandt - Eulenspiegel
Where the first Darer emphasized the music of line, and the second that of masses, this Rembrandt etching emphasizes light.
Gruenwald - Christ Mocked
This is less monumental than the many-winged Isenheimer Altar at Colmar, which ranks Grunewald among the greatest of German painters.
Pieter Brueghel (The Elder) - Fool's Paradise
Pieter Brueghel; however, could win the nick-name of Droll Pieter for his rustic humor, and yet express his jokes in well-organized pictorial form.
Rubens - The Rape Of The Daughters Of Leucip
The traveller. through Europe's galleries is apt to be amazed, and in time rather wearied, by the enormous number of pictures by Rubens which he encounters everywhere.
Edouard Manet - The Boat
Manet in his early works had revived the Spanish style of painting, that of Velazquez, in long, broad, rough, abbreviated strokes, with a tendency to flatten out the masses least important in the picure.
Cezanne - Still Life
Whether Cezanne painted a head, a mountain, or a piece of fruit on a table, his tendency was to change it into some-thing more colorful, more plain, massive and rhythmic in shape, than it was in nature.
Vincent Van Gogh - View Of Arles
Van Gogh's early works are heavy, muddy imitations of Millet and Courbet. Later, he learns from the impressionists the secret of broken color, and with it paints landscapes full of natural, sparkling sunlight.
Giorgione - The Sleeping Venus
The Sleeping Venus of Giorgione is one of the great works whose power must be traced to its perfect inner harmony, rather than to any particular distinctive feature.
Courbet - The Stone Breakers
This was an epoch-making picture when first exhibited, and it sums up, more clearly than his larger pictures in the Louvre, the distinctive features of Courbet's art.
Petrus Cristus - Portrait Of A Young Girl
The miniature perfection of early Flemish painting is present in the smooth, enamel-like modelling of the face, and in the tiny details of the necklace and hat-band, studded with small lustrous pearls.
Lucas Cranach - Apollo And Diana
Like Mantegna's, Cranach's later works show the mellowing influence of Renaissance paganism. In both cases, the change is not wholly for the better.
Rembrandt - The Man With The Gold Helmet
As usual in a Rembrandt portrait, this is a combination of keen psychological analysis with a subtle, powerful music of lights and shadows.
Titian - Venus With The Organ Player
This is not one of Titian's greatest pictures, but it represents a mature stage of his development, and it is in an excellent state of preservation.
Correggio - Leda And The Swan
Correggio is one of those painters who rely for a large part of their appeal on exaggerated smiles and languidly graceful gestures.
Bosch - The Temptation Of St. Anthony
Bosch is one of the painters who are creative in the subject-matter they represent, as well as in purely visual qualities of form.
Rembrandt - The Night Watch
This is Rembrandt's most complex and elaborately developed composition. It applies his consummate mastery of light and shade to the task of organizing many figures into a design in deep space.
Pieter De Hooch - The Pantry
Some of the seventeenth century Dutch, especially Vermeer, de Hooch and Terborch, developed a pleasing and distinctive style in portraying the every-day life of plain people, usually in household or tavern interiors.
Salomon Van Ruysdael - The Bridge
This is Dutch landscape at a wellbalanced moment of transition between the patterned artificiality of early Flemish work such as Patinir's, and the patternless, photographic naturalism of the later Dutch school (e.g., Jacob van Ruysdael, his nephew).
Painting In Russia
TOURIST travel to Russia is not yet large, but is increasing each year, as the outside world discovers its safety and exceptional interest.
Where To Go Abroad
The first obvious question of the prospective traveler is where to go. This depends on many things. It depends on your temperament, your tastes, your reading, your personal interests, and a host-of other things.
When To Go Abroad
Seville or the Riviera are especially gay at Easter time. The visitor to China will do well to time his trip to catch the Chinese New Year, somewhere around the first of February.
How To Go Abroad
Tourist agencies have many advantages. They know when holidays abroad will make too crowded traveling, when local festivals that are worth seeing take place, whether such an express runs daily or only three times a week.
Preparing To Go Abroad
Classes of accommodation on steamships to most parts of the world are really more than three in number. In first class there is everything from the deluxe suite on the fastest and most expensive liners to the minimum-price inside cabin of the slower and more comfortable ships.
The Cost Of Going Abroad
For those with brief vacations, a pleasant two weeks' trip to Puerto Rico may be made for as little as $150. Minimum accommodations on certain steamers are available for a tour of the main islands of the West Indies at $240.
What To Take Abroad
Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and a few minor places are the only ones into which any American, not a member of a ship's crew, may be admitted without such credentials. If there is any possibility whatever of your American citizenship being in any way questionable, begin your passport negotiations months beforehand.
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