In Amuze Art Lecture #13, we discuss one of the most famous paintings in the world: La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli in the Uffizi Museum. The painting contains over 500 individual flowers and between 170 and 200 different varieties. But more prominent are the nine mythological figures in the foreground, each of whom is discussed in our lecture.
Amuze Art Lecture #12 discusses The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David. The original version of this enormous painting is on display in the Louvre and an almost identical copy is on display in the Palace of Versailles. The video discusses who the main figures in this work are, and how Napoleon used this painting as propaganda.
The 11th Amuze Art Lecture discusses the most ambitious work by Paul Cézanne. The Large Bathers is on display in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cézanne worked on it for the last decade of his life, and the work is still unfinished. Throughout his career, Cézanne was obsessed with painting nude bathers and he painted over 200 versions of them. In this video, it is explained what this ultimate version shows, why many consider this to be such a masterpiece, and how this work has influenced the development of Modern Art.
Washington Crossing the Delaware is arguably the most famous painting about American history. In the tenth Amuze Art Lecture, we discuss this painting by Emanuel Leutze in two minutes. Painted in 1851, it shows a scene from the night of December 25-26, 1776 when George Washington surprises the opponent in the American Civil War by crossing the icy Delaware River. The German-American Leutze captures this scene in all its glory and romanticizes it a bit. He includes people from all walks of life in the main boat in the foreground to show which kind of people would be part of the United States of America when it was formed some years later. In the video, it will become clear who is who in this painting and in which areas Leutze bended the truth a bit.
The ninth Amuze Art Lecture discusses in 2 minutes arguably the most famous fresco painted by Raphael. The School of Athens is painted on the wall of the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican Museums. The room is part of the Raphael Rooms and the Stanza della Segnatura was designed to function as the library of Pope Julius II. The idea was to organize the books of the pope in four categories: law, philosophy, poetry, and theology. The fresco of the School of Athens is full of ancient philosophers and thus represents the philosophy theme.
Amuze Art Lecture #8 discusses The Artist’s Studio by Gustave Courbet. This enormous painting (361 cm × 598 cm or 142 in × 235 in) is located in the Musée d'Orsay and is more fully known as The Painter’s Studio: A Real Allegory Summing up Seven Years of My Artistic and Moral Life.
We have just released a new virtual tour about the evolution of portrait painting. It is available in the Amuze – Museum Audio Tours app (iOS and Android) The genre of portrait painting has a long history with known examples from over 3000 years ago. Like most genres, the Renaissance meant a big step forward in the realism of these portraits. It is not surprising that our tour starts with a wedding portrait by one of the most famous artists of the Early Renaissance: Jan van Eyck. He painted an incredibly detailed portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife which is on display in the National Gallery.
We just released Amuze Art Lecture #7 which discusses the largest painting in the Louvre. There will be few paintings in the world that can hang in the same room as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and still get plenty of attention. But that is exactly what happens with The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese. It is the largest painting in the largest museum in the world, painted by one of the masters of the Late Renaissance, and it is full of spectacular colors and details.
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a important diagonal road in the center of Philadelphia. The city hall is located at the beginning of the street. If you look down the road from the city hall, you get a great view of this street with at the end the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When you arrive to this museum via the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, you have to opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Rocky and climb the famous Rocky Stairs.
On top of the stairs, you have a wonderful view of the city of Philadelphia. And if you turn around, you can experience more history by entering the large Philadelphia Museum of Art. And you can now enjoy this museum using our latest highlights audio tour which is available for free in the Amuze – Museum Audio Tours app (available on Android and iOS).
For the sixth Amuze Art Lecture, a masterpiece by Peter Paul Rubens is discussed in two minutes. Daniel in the Lions’ Den is one of the highlights of the National Gallery of Art. It shows Daniel praying in the center of the lions’ den surrounded by nine Barbary lions (a type that is now extinct in the wild).