Google Art Project currently has 20 or so paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger on display. Very handsome works. Many of these works are quite wonderful but you might need to zoom in to see just how much. Try the portrait of Jane Seymour, Queen of England and one of Henry VIII's ill-fated wives. Jane was not a terribly attractive woman but the painting, seen up-close, is simply marvelous.
The Google Art Project offers terrific resolution on most of the thousands of works now displayed at its site. There are 164 works, though, that are rendered in 'gigapixels,' the Project's highest level of resolution. Feast your eyes!
The Belles Heures of the Duc de Berry was written and illuminated c. 1410. I've posted here before about the Metropolitan Museum's exhibition not too many years ago.
This page displays thumbnails of all of the pages at the Metropolitan Museum's special exhibition site. It doesn't include every leaf of the original but is still a sumptuous selection.
As it happens, I have inexpensive prints of the Annunciation and the St. Michael the Archangel pages, culled from a calendar printed in connection with the exhibition. They've been sitting around waiting to be framed for several years. Yesterday I finally took them to the local artist's shop to have proper mats cut. That's what brought them to mind this morning and gave rise to this post. Happy end-of-summer to all!
I came across this painting entirely by accident, and I'm so glad that it happened. It is owned by the Birmingham Museum of Art. As you can see, it has the Madonna and Child with Angels and Saints, c. 1380, by Tommaso del Mazza. There are two female saints, namely Catherine and Lucy; and four male saints, i.e., Peter, James, Anthony Abbot and Paul.
This painting might initially not look like much but, on closer examination, perhaps you will like it as much as I do. The rabbits, the plants, the bird at the top. And good old doughty Jerome, sitting at his book, so fit and alert. By Giovanni Bellini, 1505, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
P.S. At first I thought this work was missing St. Jerome's lion, a most regrettable omission. But look - there he is after all, in the lower right corner.
Ever since discovering them through the Internet, I've loved drawings in metalpoint, i.e., in silver and gold. So it was great to discover that the National Gallery of Art has an online feature devoted to this genre!
It's been a long time since I posted a link to an ''ordinary" book of hours. Here's one of my favorites, at the wonderful Digital Scriptorium -- HM 48. Strongly recommend you try the Medium or, better yet, Large images.
Trinity College, Dublin, owns the massive, marvelous Book of Kells. After years of being notably stingy with its images, Trinity has at long last placed every single page of the Book online.
Start here and feast your eyes. (Note: if these early "canon tables" don't strike your fancy, just stick with it and your patience will be rewarded.)
One of the most colorful pages is the portrait of St. Matthew, at the beginning of the Gospel attributed to him.
There are two pages (here and here) where an anonymous colorist started to add decoration to the pages but left them incomplete.
This portrait of a grieving Mary Magdalene is unusual for the close attention paid to her face and expression. The detail and sumptuousness of her clothing are also remarkable. This painting was done by Colijn de Coter c. 1500. It hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary.
I've been feeling quite depressed for the last few days. It occurs to me that a trip to NYC might be a good antidote. And since I've been thinking about taking out a one-year membership in one of New York's fine museums, perhaps this would be a good time and place to look into their upcoming exhibitions.
Having looked last week at quilts, it seems only logical to take a look at samplers this week. Google Art Project has a total of 230 examples of this quintessentially female art form. The great majority of those come from the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.
Quilts have been recognized as a long under-appreciated women's art form. I was therefore excited to find that the Internatiional Quilt Museum has 96 entries at the Google Art Project site. To me it's very moving to see all this painstaking, attractive work done by women in bygone decades.