this thread, thanks for starting it.
You're welcome, I'm glad people are posting in it, I was afraid it was gonna fall to page2 unnoticed (my lobbying must have worked
I'll post some of my favorites:
Las Meninas by Velázquez
never particulary like this one, but I spend a good hour staring at it in the Prado Museum in Madrid last year.
I know what you mean, for once I'd like to know what painting, they're all staring at, and had the guy walking off, turning back to look at it some more
Some more paintings from my home country
Thanks Hema, very different styles those paintings, I think I like the last one best. But I'm disappointed, no Ajanta paintings
A remarkably modern painting by Goya (1746-1828) which has always disturbed me...
Saturn Devouring His Son
To keep in the tone : Rembrandt's Carcass of Beef
This is probably one of my favorites, by Botticelli
You'll probably like this one too : the birth of Venus
When I went to Italy, they were working on the David statue so it was not available for the public. I love sculptures (Rodin is a master as well) so I'd love to see it one day.
if you love Rodin you should go to the Rodin museum next time you come to Paris, all his most famous sculptures are there, the thinker
, the kiss
, and one of his gates of hell
. They're all exposed in a garden too, it's great to visit (when it's not raining that is
Pieter Brueghel, the Elder
The Tower of Babel (1563)
I'm usually not a fan of the flemish renaissance but Bruegel is the exception
I also love the fall of Icarus
The crazy world of Hieronymus Bosch
Triptych: The Garden of Earthly Delights (1503 - 1504)
...and when that triptych is shut, you get this painting on the shutters:
Bosch was crazy, but the good kind of crazy
Gustave Courbet (self portrait)
I know I'm sounding like a broken record, but I love that painting, there's an incredible intensity surrounding it. You almost feel like he's gonna snap any second now and yell or break something.
I also like the room with those huge paintings in Le Louvre:
Géricault (Le Radeau de la Méduse)
Delacroix (La Liberté guidant le Peuple)
All the rooms have huge paintings in the Louvres, you mst like the wedding at Cana
Géricault's a classic.
I like delacroix's for the way the light seems to to follow the flag while Marianne is surrounded by darkness.
And one of my fav things to do when I visit a museum that has antic sculptures is to look for sculptures of Antinous
I always spot him at first glance.
he was gay
It's great to have that kind of traditions, I looked at the URL of your pics you seem to have traveled a lot too