Friday, December 21, 2012

Who painted this? #9

This week I thought we'd have a seasonal image - but then I though why stop at one - why not have a few?

However this is big - and I've had to provide a bigger image for "Who painted this?" this week.  Which means it won't stretch on this page but it does if you open it up.  It can be accessed by right-clicking on the image and opening in a new tab

Who Painted This? #9
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Who painted this? #8 - The Answer
The person who won last week's challenge was Roger Brown (Art Of The Wild by Roger Brown)

Who Painted This? #8

Title of the artwork: Still life with oysters, flowers, fruits and animals

Name of the artist who created this artwork:  Jan van Kessel the Elder (1626-1679)

Date it was created: second half of 17th century

Media used: oil on copper; Height: 41.9 cm (16.5 in). Width: 76.9 cm (30.3 in).

Where it lives now: The Cadmo Room, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome

Jan van Kessel the Elder painted still lifes around about about the same time as Vermeer was painting people in his studio.  van Kessel painted with the extreme levels of representation associated with a miniaturist, although his works were not small.  He seems to be very fond of natural things - including animals.  I very much like his paintings which combine botanical subject matter with natural history in much the same way Maria Sybilla Merian did.  This is a man who liked painting collections of items - his paintings of birds assemble a great number of different birds all in one spot!

This is a link to more of his still life paintings on Wikimedia Commons which you can view as a slideshow

This one was more difficult and I also received some partial answers in addition to the ones below.  However here are the other people who also got it right in the order of comments made
  1. Speedy Sue Smith 
  2. Ruth Bosveld
  3. Irene
  4. Sophie
  5. Colours and Textures
  6. Jean-Baptiste Pelardon
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  1. A search on Google for nativity paintings brought this image up on page 16.

    The Nativity
    Rogier van der Weyden
    Tempera and oil on panel
    Mid 15th century
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

  2. I don't know who painted this but it sure is lovely!

    1. Agreed - I looked at a few before settling on this one.

  3. Good morning Katherine. I so look forward to this on Sat. mornings. So this is what I have come up with...I started my search on google with the phrase "large triptych of the nativity" and off I went. I found that the name of this piece is "The Nativity" painted in the mid 15th century in the workshop of Rogier van der Weyden. It is oil and tempura and it lives at the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  4. – The Nativity (polyptych, with Annonciation, Visitation, Adoration of the Magi etc.)
    – Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden (with maybe some touches of the master himself…)
    – Painted c. 1450
    – Oil and tempera on panel
    – Exposed in the Glass Gallery of the Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York)

    The first researches around Nativity polyptych leads me first to Rogier van der Weyden, and mainly to the central figure of Marie in contrapposto under the wood architecture : quite exactly the same that in the Bladelin's triptych by van der Weyden. The most difficult was done.
    And if I could say a word more : as a French who had the chance to see the Van der Weyden's Last Judgment polyptych in Beaune, it remains one of my strongest painting emotion.
    Thanks for the play – and merry end of the year!

  5. Hi Katherine, a very educational journey! Thank you.

    The work seemed obviously medieval (the style), an altarpiece (the folding frames) and a Nativity story (from the Annuciation on the left to the Adoration of the Magi on the right). So I Googled "old Christmas altarpiece".

    In the first page of image hits was what appeared to be the left hand side of your central panel, at It was identified as the Middelburg Altarpiece in the Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, painted by Rogier van der Weyden in c 1445-48. However, checking with the museum, which is in the Google Art Project, showed that this isn't the piece, rather its central panel uses a very similar composition, apparently by the same artist.

    So I looked up "Rogier van der Weyden" in Wikipedia. Among the images of his works is yours, captioned "Polyptych with the Nativity, Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden, Metropolitan Museum of Art". The MMA's website gives these further details:

    title of the artwork: only "The Nativity"
    name of the artist: attributed only to the "Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden", not to the man himself
    date created: only "mid 15th century", presumably near the date of the Middelburg Altarpiece
    media: tempera and oil
    where it lives now: the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Cloisters Collection

  6. This one was really difficult, I first thought 15th C and googled through lots of images using every keyword I could think of as well as eras and countries but to no avail. I was about to leaves a howl in the comments then
    tried a different tack of reading up on the subject instead.
    I finally ended up on wiki under Nativity of Jesus in Art and saw one with similarities by Rogier van der Weyden (Roger de Pasture was his original name in French) so went on the the page about him and there it was.

    Polyptych with the Nativity,
    by Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden -
    mid 15C
    Medium Tempera and oil

    Now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  7. PS It says on the Met website that 2 small outer wings were removed and are in private collection.

  8. Unlike #8, very few people got the answer to Who painted this? #9 - because (1) it was difficult and had some built-in "trip-ups" and (2) I guess you had a few other commitments over this last week. ;)

    I'm now getting picky on correctness.

    The first two answers from Speedy Sue and Irene were almost correct/complete but not quite.

    In fact, the first absolutely correct/complete answer came from Jean-Baptiste Pelardon who also spotted the fact that it was that unusual format - the polyptych - and was NOT painted in its entirety by Rogier van der Weyden!


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