Saturday, October 6, 2012

Claude Lorrain

"The Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba" by Claude Lorrain 1648.

Flemish Influences - Paul Bril in Amsterdam and in Rome

Self portrait by Paul Bril.
"Fantastic Mountain Landscape" by Paul Bril, he uses the same ultramarine blue as Jan Breughel the Elder did in that one spectacular painting of the sailboats.
"Jonah and the Whale" by Paul Bril.
"The Voyage of Jonah" by Paul Bril. "Paul also did small cabinet paintings on copper, some of which are signed with a pair of glasses (a pun on the Flemish word 'bril' which means 'glasses'). A prolific draftsman, his drawings were popular with collectors and were copied by the many students who worked with him in his studio, which was a popular destination for Netherlandish artists visiting Rome. He often collaborated on paintings with Johann Rottenhammer, who according to a dealer's letter of 1617 painted the figures in Venice and then sent the plates to Rome for Bril to complete the landscape. He also collaborated with his friends Jan Brueghel the Elder and Adam Elsheimer, whom he both influenced and was influenced by. His collaboration with Elsheimer is shown in a painting now in Chatsworth House. Agostino Tassi may have been Paul's pupil. Tassi later became the master of Claude Lorrain. The Bril Brothers form one of the links between the panoramic views of Joachim Patenier, and the ideal landscape evolved by Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain. In 1621, Bril became head of the Accademia di San Luca, the artists' academy in Rome." Both Jan Breughel the Elder and Nicolas Poussin are mentioned in connection with Paul Bril.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Willem van de Veldes II - Maritime artist

"Man of War in Distress off a Rocky Coast" by Willem van de Veldes II.

Ships in Distress by Ludolf Backhuyzen

"Ludolf Bakhuizen (or Backhuysen) (28 December 1630 – 17 November 1708) was a German-born Dutch Golden Age painter who was the leading Dutch painter of maritime subjects after the two Willem van de Veldes (father and son) left for England in 1672."
Ships in Distress - 4 paintings by Ludolf Backhuyzen.
Shipwreck of the Apostle Paul.
Christ and the Apostles on the Sea of Galilee.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Moonlit Seascape

"Moonlit Seascape" by Claude Joseph Vernet 1754. (Click to enlarge).

The 2 paintings of Francoise Gasc

"In December 2012, a new discovery was reported by Françoise Gasc, great great grand daughter of Henri Gasc. Henri Gasc was at one time the resident priest and guardian of Notre Dame de Marceille and mentor of the enigmatic Henri Boudet. Mrs. Gasc reported she had in her possession two paintings that had belonged to Henri Gasc that had been in her family for a long time.... Source: Rennes-le-Chateau Research and Resource". Mrs. Gasc compares the hidden parchments found by Sauniere at Rennes-le-Chateau which were written by Henri Boudet to the symbols in her two paintings. She thinks that these masterpieces may have been part of the collection of Nicolas Fouquet who fell out of favor with the King Louis XIV and was imprisoned by him. Thursday, April 12, 2012 "Two Poussin Paintings Discovered in France?" The post from Francoise Gasc: "Two unknown Poussin's paintings discovered: the Key of Poussin's secret and Rennes le Chateau Mystery. How two family paintings have given me the key of this mystery. All is explained on Le secret de it has been six years, the two paintings were given to me at my mother's death which was the beginning of my discoverings. Two coded paintings - we discovered Poussin's paintings, which came from my priest ancestor, the priest was from near the Rennes- le- Chateau area." Limoux is near to Rennes-le-Chateau. Some researchers say that the description of RLC (Rennes-le-Chateau) called also "Rhedae" actually fits Limoux. This blog presents the style of the painter Poussin as well as painters of seascapes.

Nicolas Poussin Paintings and Seal

"The Holy Family on the Steps" by Nicolas Poussin - Poussin was not a painter of seascapes.
"The Shepherds of Arcadia II" by Nicolas Poussin. "The château of Nicolas Fouquet, Superintendent of Finances to King Louis XIV, was lavish, refined, and dazzling to behold, but these characteristics proved tragic for its owner: the king had Fouquet arrested shortly after a famous fête that took place on 17 August 1661 where Molière's play 'Les Fâcheux' debuted." "Coincidentally, in 1665, the same year in which Nicolas Fouquet was imprisoned, Nicolas Poussin died. For the next twenty years, King Louis jockeyed for possession of what he regarded as Poussin’s most important work: The Shepherds of Arcadia. When he finally got a hold of it, he did not put it on public display, but hid it away in his private quarters, and let no one view it without his expressed permission."
The window in the church at Mt. Bugarach, the symbol of the ship and the helm as the Wheel of Fortune. A sample of the analysis by Francoise Gasc of the Jonah painting which she links to Jason and the Argonauts: "Jason, in this image, having been swallowed by the snake-Dragon, is recraché by him, like Jonas recraché by the great fish on the shores of Nineveh, or sainte Marguerite from the Dragon and St. Ursula of the bear: symbolically the hero, the Prophet, the saint or Holy having mastered the telluric energies is transformed, living 2nd birth - the result of Initiation, by the grace of the celestial energies, Athena for Jason who is the hero of the adventure. ATHENA is linked to the seal of POUSSIN which I referred to in my site... (below, last photo.)"
"The Golden Calf" by Nicolas Poussin.
"The Inspiration of the Poet" by Nicholas Poussin (circa 1630.)
The seal of Nicolas Poussin - a galleon ship. The Priory of Sion also uses nautical symbolism, their leader is called "Le Nautonnier". Francoise Gasc compares the ship on this seal to the ships in her paintings.

Monday, August 27, 2012

"Jonah and the Whale" by Gaspard Dughet

Jonas sortant de la Baleine - Esquisse de paysage Dughet Gaspard.
Gaspard Dughet was the brother-in-law of Nicolas Poussin. This painting is in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II of England. "Gaspard Dughet (15 June 1615 – 27 May 1675), also known as Gaspard Poussin, was a French painter born in Rome. A pupil of Nicolas Poussin, Gaspard Dughet was the brother of Poussin's wife. He devoted himself to landscape painting and rendered admirably the severer beauties of the Roman Campagna." The two paintings of Francoise Gasc could possibly be by this "Poussin".

Friday, August 24, 2012

Paintings of Lake Gennesaret

Vasily Polenev - Lake of Gennesaret - 1888.
Photograph of a reconstucted 1st Century fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee (also Lake of Gennesaret, Lake Kinneret or Sea of Tiberias).
Tiberias (Gennesaret) Lake - two versions by Vasily Polenov, c.1882 Sea of Galilee.
"Christ on the Lake of Gennesaret" two versions by Eugène Delacroix.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The "Jonah and the Whale" theme in Fine Art

Michelangelo painted this fresco depicting the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It is just one of many images he created on the walls and ceiling of this papal chapel.
Carlo Antonio Tavella (Milan 1668-1738 Genoa) "A Stormy Seascape" - Tavella was also in Milan, like Jan Brueghel I who was there in the 1590s.
"Jonah Leaving the Whale" by Jan Brueghel the Elder.
A storm at sea "MARINESZENE MIT SCHIFF IN SEENOT" by Carlo Antonio Tavella who painted the Jonah and the Whale, the last painting below.
"Jonah and the Whale" by Carlo Antonio Tavella 1700.

Ships in a Storm - Seascapes by the painter Ivan Aivazovsky

Compare the seascape style of Ivan Aivazovsky who painted during the years of the 1850s - 1870s to the seascape style of Jan Brueghel I.

The Red Dragon of Gasc

Medieval sea map with a fearsome red sea serpent.
The red dragon, symbol of the year 2012 - The Dragon Dance on Chinese New Year.
Traditional Chinese red dragon carving - "Red Dragon Holding a Red Ball".
Biblical seascape, a Jonah and the Whale piece with a whale that resembles a Chinese red dragon - the Gasc painting discovered in the storehouses of Notre Dame de Marceille in Limoux, SE France. Article on Google: "Sauniere and Lovely Limoux - the Secret Vaults" for more information on the historic secret vaults of Limoux where treasures were hidden in times of trouble such as the invasion of the Moors and the French Revolution.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Painting Style of il Vecchio

"The Storm at Sea with Shipwreck", one of the most famous High Renaissance Oil Paintings painted by artist Jan Brueghel il Vecchio.
Sailing scene in ultramarine blue by Jan Brueghel I, il Vecchio. "Because of his fondness of certain subjects and glowing enamel paint, Jan, the second son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, was given the nickname “Velvet” or “Flower” Brueghel. The first lessons he received from his grandmother, painter-miniaturist Mayken Verhulst Bessemers, who gave direction to his interests and technique further developed by his teachers including Pieter Goetkint and Gillis van Coninxloo (1544-1607). About seven years, 1589-1596, Brueghel spent in Italy. He worked in Naples (1590), Rome (1592-94), and then in Milan (1596) for Cardinal Federigo Borromeo, who became his patron."

Geneseret by Brueghel

"Christ Asleep in the Boat on the Sea of Geneseret" - one of the masterpieces recently discovered at the Cathedral of Limoux in the secret storehouses there. This painting belonged to the priest Gasc.
Jan Brueghel was known for his Biblical paintings, floral paintings, seascapes, and Biblical seascapes such as this one, "Christ Asleep in the Boat on the Sea of Geneseret". One of the Gasc paintings has this same theme.

Paintings by il Vecchio - Jan Brueghel the Elder.

"Handmade oil painting reproduction of Coastal Landscape with the Tomb of Scipion, one of the most famous Renaissance-High Oil Paintings painted by artist Jan Brueghel il Vecchio."
"This is Jan Brueghel the Elder’s (1568-1625) “Large Fish Market” of 1603 presently in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. Jan Brueghel was the youngest son of the brilliant and idiosyncratic Pieter Brueghel. His older brother, Pieter II, is mainly known as a copyist of his father's works, but perhaps because his father died when he was an infant, Jan developed a very different style. He was a skilled landscapist and still-life painter, often collaborating with other artists when there was a need to put figures into the foreground of a scene."
"Harbour Scene with Christ Preaching" – 1597 – Jan Brueghel the Elder.
"The Burning Troy" (circa 1595) by Jan Brueghel the Elder.