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
How to participate in "Who painted this? #9"

PLEASE make sure you read the rules before posting a comment - and ONLY POST ON THIS BLOG what you think is the answer.

Click this link to read THE RULES for participating in this challenge (this saves having to copy them out for each post!).

In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog
    • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
    • if wrong it will be published
  • do not leave the answer on Facebook!
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know
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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