Thursday, June 9, 2011

At the Met (again)

-By Donato

In preparations for another round of painting, I stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art last week to check in on some friends. Blissfully absorbing their beauty, you cannot help but be transported back in time, back to the studio, to the place, where and when the artist was applying that stroke of paint on that surface. Very few things in life touch me as deep as does art worked by the human hand. As you know, I have not been much of words lately with thin posts here on MuddyColors. Rather I will let the pictures say it all, for that is all we have left.

Rembrandt, Portrait of a Young Man, Oil on panel 1632

Jules Bastien-Lepage, Joan of Arc, Oil on Canvas 1880


  1. Rembrandt's skin tones just make me drool- WOW! I just found my "Master Study of the week" - thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Thank You for the wonderful closeup! How jealous I feel of those of you that have access to the MET!

  3. The Met is one of my favorite places on the planet, and one of the reasons why I'll never leave NY.

    I first met Sargent's "Madame X" there, and she completely stopped me cold. She still does.

    Homer's "Northeaster" is another. Amazing.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. That Lepage Joan of Arch has long been one of my favorite paintings at the Met. The mastery of all the different surfaces from the garment to the flesh and foliage is breathtaking.

  5. here's another high res portrait by the all time master

    just love that google art project! It's like (well, almost) having a museum right at home :-)

    By the way, Donato, I recently got your DVD, It's amazing, I'm learning a LOT from it! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  6. As masterfully done as humanly possible, I'd say. (However, I wonder if they misplaced the title of Rembrandt's piece. A young man...?)


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