Friday, October 04, 2013

Who Painted This? #47

Who painted this? #47
This week there are two changes to the normal challenge.
  1. This is another crop of a painting. Remember the rules - you can only use WORDS to identify this painting via a database of paintings.  
  2. You need to tell me - as a comment on this blog - who this is, which painting she features in and who painted her.  Tell me also what you can find out about this artist. 
This week the winner will be the person with the BEST answer rather than the first to respond - so you don't have to rush and have got time to do some research.

For those who've not risen to the challenge before please take a minute to read the rules - see below.  The questions which need answering don't stop at "Who painted this?"

How to participate in "Who painted this? #47"

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  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer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 NOT THIS WEEK the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know. It's the person who provides the BEST answer (see above)

Who Painted This #46 - The Answer

Self-portrait by Albrecht Durer, Prado Museum Madrid
Self Portrait (1498) by Albrecht Durer
Museo Nacional del Prado
This is an In-depth analysis of Dürer's Self-Portrait, 1498 providing discussions about:
  • Composition discusses the influences on the composition and his use of miniaturist techniques for the background
  • Iconography. The Artist as “gentiluomo”  Focuses on the clothing, the eyes and the hands.  Here's what is has to say about the eyes - which a lot of people commented on in their responses to last week's post
The eyes from Durer's 1498 self-portrait
Dürer’s restrained, calmly proud gaze indicates his desire to convey his social status. He has focused the eyes in two slightly different directions in order to enliven the figure’s gaze. His left eye, which is further away, looks directly out at the viewer while his nearer, right eye, looks into the distance. This slight disjunction was used by later portraitists including Hans Holbein the Younger.
In order to paint his Self-portrait, Dürer used a flat mirror which he could have acquired on his first trip to Venice (1494-1495), where it is known that they could be found in the late 15th century. As a result and for the first time the artist was able to completely invert his body and his left arm (which appears to our right) is as visible as the right.

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #46? - the change in approach threw up some new people responding to the challenge.  Hence why we're continuing with this approach this week.

Paschalis Dougalis was first to name the artist correctly but did not follow through with the rest of the information for quite a bit later.

Bernadette Madden yet again was the first person to come up with the correct answer.

Others who got it correct were:

Interestingly, Wiki tells me that this painting once belonged to Charles I of England, and was acquired by Felipe of Spain at auction. Poor Charles lost both his head and his Durer.
Now don't forget - this week it's not first past the post - it's the "best" answer.  See if you can work out what I will find interesting.......