Friday, May 10, 2013

Who painted this? #27

Apologies for the lack of a Who Painted this? last week - but last Friday was the day after my eye surgery and I needed a break (see Normal vision will be resumed as soon as possible) because it wasn't very to look at the screen.  This post takes quite a long time to set up as I seem to look at an awful lot of images before settling on one - so I decided to skip a week - and a few days of posting!

Anyway, I have a very nice image for you this week.  Not your usual sort of painting - but then you wouldn't expect anything too easy would you?

I suspect this will be either a "get it straight away" or "lots of searches and blind allies - and lots of learning about art history" - which is of course why I do this!  You might also learn a bit about dogs on the way! ;)
Who painted this? #27

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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  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer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
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  • 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
Self Portrait attributed to
Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Who Painted This #26 - The Answer


  • Title of the artwork: Self Portrait
  • Name of the artist who created this artwork: Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • Date it was created: c.1630
  • Media used: chalk on paper 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Where it lives nowAshmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

Who guessed correct?

A lot of you fell into my artistic "mantrap".  Yes - he did indeed look very much as if he might be Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez - but in reality this answer was the wrong country and wrong man - but very much the right sort of time.

This self-portrait drawing by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680) was done in Italy whereas Velasquez (1599 – 1660) was born in Spain.  Maybe the moustache and haircut were both a style of the time?

You can see self portraits by the two artists on Wikimedia - these are Bernini's self-portraits and these are Velasquez self portraits

Congratulations to Barbara Jackson (Painting with Pencil) who got the complete correct answer first.

Others who also got the correct answer were:
Ilaria Rosselli del Turco and Treeshark both got the name of the artist right.