Portrait of a Young Noble Beauty

17th Century


Height: 18 1/2 inches (approximately 46.5cm)            Width: 15 3/4 inches (approximately 39.5cm)

                                 This outstanding Baroque oil on canvas painting in the period frame is a wonderful work of art by a Spanish or Italian old master depicts a beautiful young noble beauty in a XVII century attire. Her dress is adorned by a very fine lace, and there are some fresh red carnations in her curls. But, most of all, the spectator's attention is drawn to the painting by the remarkably rendered jewelry she is wearing - a necklace of large and perfectly round white pearls that forms a chocker around her neck; another, very intricate longer necklace, embellished with diamonds and other precious stones; and, in conclusion, a pair of magnificent earrings with large pear-shape white pearls. The painting has been meticulously restored, relined, and has period frame.


Northern European Baroque

~ Mother with Child ~

Ca. 1800

Dimensions: 12 1/4 in. H x 9 1/2 in. W

                The Baroque period in art and architecture followed the Renaissance, approximately from the mid 1500s, overlapping the Renaissance until the mid 1800s. Some experts give the mid 1700s as the end of the period, but a number of them have extended the timeline to include the early 1800s. Officially it is characterized by ornate details, although many of the artists do not fit this classification, especially the Spanish painters. The hallmark of the period is emotion, rather than the stylized effect of the previous Renaissance. This occurred because the original Baroque movement was a reaction to the Protestant revolution or Counter-reformation, in defense of the Council of Trent and Catholic apologists from that time forward. Most Baroque artists who painted religious figures were Catholic, but there are exemptions, such as Rembrandt. Some of the works of the late 1700s and into the mid 1800, bridge the overlapping period between the Baroque and the subsequent Neo-Classic period. Interspersed between these styles arose what was called the Nazarene or Biblical period, Protestant religious painting. While these artists are not officially listed under the banner of Baroque, they occurred just at the onset of the Neo-Classic style. In general, the Baroque works of the Protestants were secular and those of the Catholics, religious and highly emotive inspiring the Faith. Baroque means irregularly-shaped pearl, from barocco in Portuguese, first used during the mid-1700s.The term does not have any relation with pearls but is an epithet for a style that did not comply with the artistic standards of the preceding Renaissance era, tending to awe with grandeur. Near the end of the period a sub-specialty, referred to as rococo, developed in France. The artist François Boucher belongs to this genre. The style was so popular that even Protestant artists, from Northern Europe, mainly, adapted it for their own. Baroque art began in Italy and spread north throughout most of Europe. One of its Italian originators was Michelangelo da Caravaggio (1565-1609), whose bold and "light-bathed naturalism" impressed many northern artists. The Italian influence was evident in many paintings of this period - sober, detailed, and warmly soft in the use of colors, such as reds, yellows and browns.