"West wing - Paintings from 1500 to 1600." The National Gallery Tip by breughel
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The highlights of this 16th c. department of the National Gallery are the Italians:
Raphael, 'The Madonna of the Pinks',
Titian, 'Bacchus and Ariadne',
Michelangelo, 'The Entombment',
Leonardo da Vinci, 'The Virgin of the Rocks',
All of the begin of the 16th c. This century continues the tradition of the large religious paintings, but portraits as well official as private get more and more importance. Mythology is also a main subject of paintings.
Among all these classical Italian paintings one work from Bronzino surprises by its "cool" eroticism "the Allegory with Venus and Cupid" (±1545). The concept of this painting is an enigma with symbols and emblems from mythology and heraldry (pic 1).
In total contrast with the Italians is a work from Pieter Bruegel the Elder " The Adoration of the Kings" (1564). Surprising is the person on the extreme right wearing spectacles. It is an ironic manner of Bruegel to show the inability of the assistants to see the significance of Jesus. The soldiers reflect the Spanish occupation of the Netherlands in that period. (pic 2 & 3)
A remarkable portrait in this department is the "Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling" (1526) (pic 4) and, of course, "The Ambassadors" (room 4) from Hans Holbein the Younger.
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