Jean-Baptiste Descamps was born in 1715 in Dunkerque in the far north of France. His native tongue was Flemish, and it is abundantly clear from the publications that he wrote in French that he regarded himself as a Fleming.
The exhibition of Dutch genre painting from the third quarter of the seventeenth century, which opened in February 2017 and will have reached its third and final venue in the National Gallery of Art in Washington by the time this review appears, is certainly one of the most ambitious ever made.
In June 1981, Amsterdam’s College of Burgomaster and Aldermen decided that the city’s Stedelijk Museum should be allowed to buy Picasso’s late Nude in front of a garden, which according to the date inscribed on the back by the artist was completed in five days, from 29 August to 2 September 1956.
Apart from his well-known genre scenes, Jan Steen (1626–79) also produced approximately 70 history paintings. These lively and characteristic works make up an interesting part of his oeuvre and stand out from the work of his contemporaries.
It is widely accepted that the term pittoresco, meaning “painterly brushwork” following Philip Sohm’s definition, first emerges in Italian art literature in a letter by Salvator Rosa dated 20 July 1652.
It has become almost a convention among Latin American historians of art to associate infernal imagery of the colonial period (c. 1492–1821) with the phantasmal paintings of the Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516)