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Description of Pictures: Art of the Portrait (1500 – 1850)
The development of the European portrait is traced in this gallery from Giorgione’s exquisite and revolutionary portrait of 1506 to Goya’s thoroughly modern Duque de la Roca of 1795. During the Renaissance in Italy and northern Europe, artists and patrons began to prize the naturalistic likeness in portraiture, emulating earlier periods such as Roman antiquity. Following the Renaissance, a new era emerged around 1600, known in both Spain and the Netherlands as the Golden Age, that saw the dramatic emergence of a new type of patron: the wealthy merchant class. Previously, patronage in Europe was confined primarily to the nobility and religious or civic institutions.
Pioneers in this new artistic climate included Frans Hals, who revolutionized the genre in the Netherlands by depicting his subjects in more relaxed, informal settings, and by exploring the psychological makeup of the sitter. A generation later, Van Dyck’s lengthy residence and popularity in Great Britain shaped an entire national school through the seemingly effortless refinement and elegance of his depictions. Later, Goya reached new heights of naturalism with an unflinching approach as the world around him rapidly transformed from Enlightenment to modernity.
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SDMAPO_170724_01.JPG: European Art
SDMAPO_170724_02.JPG: Frans Hals
Portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa, c 1635
SDMAPO_170724_06.JPG: Flemish Artist
Portrait of a Man, c 1480-90
SDMAPO_170724_14.JPG: Bartolome Esteban Murillo
Portrait of Don Diego Felix de Esquivel y Aldama, c 1655-60
SDMAPO_170724_18.JPG: Anton Raphael Menge
Portrait of Don Luis de Borbon
Portrait of a Venetian, c 1550
SDMAPO_170724_25.JPG: Alessandro Mattia da Farnese
Portrait of Prince Augusto Chigi, 1664
Portrait of a Man, 1506
SDMAPO_170724_36.JPG: Rosalba Carriera
Portrait of a Lady, c 1735
SDMAPO_170724_59.JPG: Marie-Guillemine Benoist
Portrait of a Lady, c 1799
SDMAPO_170724_66.JPG: Thomas Gainsborough
Portrait of Lady Anne Furye, nee Greenly, c 1762
SDMAPO_170724_79.JPG: Pompeo Girolamo Batoni
Etienne-Rene, Cadinal Potier de Gesvres, 1758
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Wikipedia Description: San Diego Museum of Art
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The San Diego Museum of Art opened as the Museum of Fine Arts on February 28, 1926. The funders turned over ownership of the building to the City of San Diego. It is located in Balboa Park. The museum building was designed by architect William Templeton Johnson.
The Museum's collections are encyclopedic in nature, with pieces ranging in date from 5,000 B.C. to 2001 A.D. The museum's strength is in Spanish works by Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera and El Greco.
There is a small eclectic Asian art gallery, a couple Impressionist era paintings, some Georgia O'Keefes (although these are not always on display) and a number of interesting modern pieces.
Additionally, they have works by Italian masters Giorgione, Giotto, Veronese, Luini and Canaletto. Works by Rubens, Hals and van Dyck represent the Northern European School.
The museum regularly hosts touring exhibits and has lately been working to display its standard collection in new ways (including an upstairs gallery discussing information which can be gathered by looking on the back of the canvas).
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