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THE WORLD STILL ISN’T READY FOR PICASSO

The World Still Isn't Ready For Picasso Picasso's Women of Algiers (Version O) broke all barriers for the sale price of a painting at auction when it went under the hammer in New York recently, fetching $179m (around £115 million) at Christie’s amid high demand from...

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NICHOLAS HILLIARD

Nicholas Hilliard's unusual portraits We've looked at some unusual self-portraits in a previous post, and this one isn't a self-portrait (we actually don't know who the subject is) but it is certainly one of the most unusual portraits you'll come across. It's a tiny...

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UNUSUAL SELF PORTRAITS

A look at some unconventional self-representations in art history Writing a recent post about my new discovery - the Peale family of artists from nineteenth century Massachusetts I came across a striking self portrait by Rembrandt Peale. The main reason it's unusual...

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TROMPE L’OEIL PAINTINGS

The art of Trompe l'œil (paintings which 'deceive the eye') I recently wrote about the Peale family of American late 18th/ early 19th century artists and specifically about one Rembrandt Peale. His father, an illustrious artist and naturalist who named all of his many...

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RUBENS PEALE AND HIS GERANIUM

'Rubens Peale With A Geranium' by Rembrandt Peale, 1802 I love discovering new great paintings that I'd never come across before. Studying art history at university we mostly only covered artists I'd heard of already, with a few exceptions (neglected female artists,...

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