Color me textured!
June 6, 2010 10:57 PM   Subscribe

Looking for beautiful paintings for a presentation.

Looking for beautiful, colorful Renaissance and Baroque paintings that are textured and layered, to be used in a presentation.

The ideal painting should covey a sense of loneliness and waiting.

I understand that this is an open-ended criteria, but this is really the only requirement I have as I intend to use them for visual effect.
posted by howiamdifferent to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recommend you meet this lady.
posted by hermitosis at 11:18 PM on June 6, 2010

I can give you beautiful, colorful, Renaissance, and layered. No loneliness or waiting, though, and I'm not sure I know specifically what you mean by textured, but this one is very clean looking. It's my favorite painting. It's in or near the Hall of Maps in the Vatican. I'm not sure if Michelangelo did it or not. I can't link right to the image, so scroll down to the 10th picture - a rainbow-winged angel and a guy with a shovel. I'd call that layered all right, in terms of foreground, mid, background - unless you mean layers of paint.
posted by Askr at 11:40 PM on June 6, 2010

There are plenty at the ARC Museum: A Coign of Vantage, Egyptian Water Carrier, etc.
posted by shii at 11:49 PM on June 6, 2010

Pietro Rotari (1707-1762)
posted by fire&wings at 2:34 AM on June 7, 2010

How about Van Gogh's At Eternity's Gate?
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:04 AM on June 7, 2010

Saints in contemplation often have the demeanour you might want. I like this Magdalene by Caravaggio, as well as his St. Jerome. Rembrandt's Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem may be too dark, but is very evocative (here's a lighter but less powerful version).
Poor Eleanora di Toledo has always seemed very lonely to me. Also Ranuccio Farnese, pictured here at 12 after being made a prior of a monastery by his ambitious family. Poor kid.

Old Woman with a Candle, or Self-Portrait by Gerrit Dou
Portrait of a Man by Titian
Holbein's neglected-looking family (I think it's his own, anyway)
He's outside of your requested time period, but Kramskoy captures loneliness in many of his portraits, and certainly in his Christ in the Wilderness.
posted by notquitemaryann at 4:56 PM on June 7, 2010

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