List of illustrations

  • Holy Family, known as the Doni Tondo
  • The Milkmaid
  • Calling of Saint Matthew
  • The Tempest
  • Coronation of the Virgin
  • Christ and the Samaritan Woman
  • Oedipus and the Sphinx
  • A Burial at Ornans
  • Coronation of the Virgin
  • The Virgin and Child Enthroned among Angels and Saints
  • Coronation of the Virgin
  • The Crucifixion with the Virgin, Saint John, Saint Jerome, and Saint Mary Magdalene
  • Annunciation
  • Last Supper and Resurrection (Sant'Apollonia)
  • Resurrection (sinopia)
  • Perugia Altarpiece
  • Perugia Altarpiece, detail
  • Tarquinia Madonna
  • Virgin and Child with Saints Francis, John the Baptist, Zenobius, and Lucy
  • Madonna with the Child and Scenes from the Life of St. Anne
  • Cartoon for Madonna and Child with Saint Anne
  • Cartoon of a Head
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Famous Men
  • A Muse (Calliope?)
  • The Annunciation
  • Saint James Altarpiece
  • Adoration of the Shepherds, central panel of the Portinari Altarpiece
  • Madonna and Child with Angels
  • Saints Benedict and Apollonia
  • Spring (Primavera)
  • Virgin and Child, and Angels (Madonna of the Magnificat)
  • Baptism of Christ
  • Lamentation over the Dead Christ
  • Vision of Saint Bernard
  • Pietà
  • Lamentation over the Dead Christ
  • Virgin and Child with Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist
  • Madonna with Child, Saints
  • Madonna and Child with Saints Paul and George
  • The Alba Madonna
  • The Madonna of the Basket
  • The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
  • The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist
  • Parnassus
  • The School of Athens
  • Samples of pozzolana showing a range of color
  • Pietà
  • Raising of Lazarus
  • Prophet Daniel
  • Holy Family of Francis I
  • Stoning of Saint Stephen (cartoon)
  • The Holy Family or The Pearl
  • Flagellation
  • Pope Clement VII and Justice
  • Deposition
  • Dead Christ with Angels
  • Visitation
  • Entombment
  • Alexander Cutting the Gordian Knot
  • The Muses Erato and Thalia and the Blinding of Elymas
  • Death of Saul
  • Trumpeting Allegory
  • Gathering Manna
  • Lamentation over the Dead Christ
  • Madonna and Child with Saints (Fugger Altarpiece)
  • Sala dei Giganti, detail
  • Bacchanal of the Andrians
  • Danäe
  • Crucifixion
  • Happy Union
  • Venus and Adonis
  • Venus, Cupid and Mars
  • Visitation
  • Susanna Bathing
  • Crucifixion
  • Institution of the Eucharist
  • The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew
  • Venus with Mercury and Cupid (The School of Love)
  • Judas Repentant
  • The Toilet of Bathsheba
  • Bathsheba at Her Bath
  • Saul and David
  • Saul Attacking David
  • Portrait of Susanna van Baerle
  • Reinhold Altarpiece
  • Reinhold Altarpiece
  • Reinhold Altarpiece, infrared reflectograph of Christ before Pilate
  • The Sciences and the Arts
  • Mountainous Landscape with Saint Jerome
  • Landscape with the Flight into Egypt
  • View of Dordrecht from the Dordtse Kil
  • The Bedroom
  • Forest Scene
  • Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba
  • Landscape with Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Crucifixion
  • Henry IV in the Battle of Paris
  • View on the Oude Maas near Dordrecht
  • The Sacrifice of Isaac
  • Danaë and the Shower of Gold, detail
  • Return of the Prodigal Son
  • Return of the Prodigal Son, detail
  • Midas and Bacchus Washing at the Source of the Pactolus
  • Holy Family on the Steps
  • Eliezer and Rebecca at the Well
  • Madonna di Foligno
  • Samson and Delilah
  • The Capture of Samson
  • Samson and Delilah (sketch)
  • The Last Supper (sketch)
  • Arrival in Marseilles (sketch)
  • Arrival in Marseilles
  • The Judgment of Paris
  • Judgment of Paris, x-ray
  • Madonna and Child
  • Hercules Punishing Busiris
  • The Triumph of Alexander
  • Passions of the Soul
  • Passions of the Soul
  • Hall of Mirrors
  • The King Governs Alone
  • Apollo and Tethys
  • Martyrdom of Saint Stephen
  • Stoning of Saint Stephen
  • Pilgrimage to Cythera
  • The Judgment of Paris
  • Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour
  • The Setting of the Sun
  • The Bath of Venus
  • Diana and Actaeon
  • The Village Bride
  • Servant Returning from Market
  • The House of Cards
  • Return from the Market
  • Ceiling
  • Allegory of the Planets and Continents
  • America
  • Allegory on the Birth of Marie-Zéphirine of France in 1750
  • Death of Socrates
  • Happy Accidents of the Swing
  • Fabricius Refuses the Presents the Ambassadors from Pyrrhus Had Been Ordered to Offer Him
  • Larger Baths, central room
  • Parnassus
  • The Sale of Cupids
  • Combat between Minerva and Mars
  • Antiochus and Stratonice
  • Last Supper
  • Belisarius Begging for Alms
  • Oath of the Horatii
  • Oath of the Horatii, detail
  • Death of Socrates
  • The Death of Socrates
  • The Intervention of the Sabine Women
  • The Execution of Lady Jane Grey
  • Hémicycle, detail
  • The Execution of Lady Jane Grey
  • The Execution of Lady Jane Grey
  • The Massacre at Chios
  • Death of Sardanapalus
  • The Apotheosis of Homer
  • Madame Moitessier
  • Indian man harvesting cochineal
  • Bathers at La Grenouillère
  • The Umbrellas
  • Hillside in Provence
  • The Artist's Garden in Giverny
  • Pig's bladder for oil paint
  • Grinding stone for preparing pigments
  • Portrait of Père Tanguy
  • Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On)
  • War. The Exile and the Rock Limpet
  • Departure of the Fleet
  • Impression, Sunrise, Le Havre
  • Peasants under the Trees at Dawn
  • Luncheon on the Grass (Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe)
  • The Pastoral Concert
  • Birth of Venus
  • Olympia
  • Music in the Tuileries
  • The Pont de l'Europe
  • Dancers Practicing at the Barre
  • Absinthe
  • Women Ironing
  • Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil
  • Manufactured brushes with metal ferule
  • Woman with a Parasol—Madame Monet and Her Son
  • Study Nude in the Sunlight
  • La Loge
  • Two Sisters (On the Terrace)
  • Mont Sainte-Victoire
  • Portrait of Madame Matisse: The Green Line
  • Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel)
  • Day of the God (Mahana no atua)
  • Tahitian Pastoral
  • Manaò tupapaú (Spirit of the Dead Watching)
  • Night Café (Le café de nuit)
  • Woman Rocking a Cradle; Augustine-Alix Pellicot Roulin, 1851–1930 (La Berceuse)
  • The Sower
  • The Starry Night
  • A Sunday on the Grande Jatte—1884
  • Parade de Cirque
  • Red Room (Harmony in Red)
  • Luxe, Calme et volupté
  • The Joy of Life (Le Bonheur de Vivre)
  • The Water Lilies: Setting Sun
  • The Scallop Shell: Notre Avenir est dans l'Air
  • Street, Dresden
  • Evening on Karl Johan Street
  • Painting with White Border (Bild mit weißem Rand)
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~This book has taken a scholarly lifetime to conceive, but its present form has been given shape in the past five years with the aid of Temple University and many generous people. A grant from Temple’s Humanities and Arts Program Award defrayed the cost of images and permissions, and a sabbatical leave in 2016–17 provided me with the free time to write. I...
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~~Contemporary artists often help us understand how their work is made by revealing their creative process. But this was not always the case, and it can be difficult to reconstruct how a painting was made centuries ago by just looking at it. Other painters could always use their experience to speculate, but it is only with the advent of...
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~~At the dawn of the Quattrocento, a Gothic coloring system matched the Christian culture. Abundant gold symbolized the celestial sphere; a white gesso ground enhanced the brilliance of the pigments bound in egg, which were used in their pure form to maximize their luminosity. As the humanist view gradually gained ground, Christian...
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~~By 1500 painters had for the most part settled on oil as their medium of choice, enabling them to move further away from the received template and closer to a personal version of their subject, first by exploring its transparency and then its variable texture. We know that compared to egg, oil is...
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~~With the seventeenth century we enter a new era in which the market could make or break an artist. It was always true that a painter who chose to run a shop needed to be a good businessman, but now a new clientele and new economic conditions controlled the artist more than ever before. We will discuss making,...
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~~The eighteenth century sees the definitive politicization of art, which would ultimately come to play a role in the wrenching events of the French Revolution. Louis XIV’s takeover of the art establishment in the service of the state, beginning around 1660, laid the foundation for what followed. Crucial to Louis’s...
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~~After playing a role in visualizing the French Revolution, color was subject to its own upheaval in the nineteenth century, first in materials, then in making. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, chemistry had replaced alchemy. Building on the classification of the elements and using modern experimental scientific methods,...
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~~Beginning in the 1880s, painters introduced color that did not represent visual reality. Turning away from materialism and what they often described as decadent urban society, these painters delved inside themselves for ways to express the values they held dear. Although disassociated from institutional religion, Paul Gauguin and...
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~~Across the five centuries we have traversed, we have seen color evolve in ways that mirror the shift from reliance on a Christian worldview to an inner, personal search for meaning. The quest for spiritual values has moved from external and universal to internal and individual, but throughout, the painters have been...
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