The Goldfinch, 1654, oil on panel by Carel Fabritius, Dutch, 1622-1654.
This painting figures in the 2013 novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. Fabritius was the most promising of the students of Rembrandt. While the master’s canvases were dark with images spotlighted, Fabritius turned to light textured backgrounds and a luminous style of painting.
Only about a dozen of his paintings survive as Fabritius’s studio was destroyed in the Delft gunpowder magazine explosion of 1654 which destroyed a third of the city and killed 100 people including Fabritius.
This painting is in the Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, Netherlands.
Powerscourt , County Wicklow, Ireland, oil on canvas by George Barret. Barret was born in Dublin in 1723 and died in London in 1784.
He was a landscape artist, a founding member of the Royal Academy in London and father of four sons who were also painters.
This painting is in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, USA., and was used as cover art for the book, The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth, in the Penguin Classics series.
Venetian Passageway, 1905, watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper by John Singer Sargent, American, 1856-1925.
Sargent was active in England as well as America and was known for his portraits of social celebrities. He was educated in Italy, France and Germany and was a pianist.
This painting is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York.
The Ford in the River, 1647, oil on canvas by Jan Weenix, 1621-1660, Dutch Baroque painter
Weenix was noted for his detailed style, ancient buildings and figures in modern dress, and had studied in Italy for four years. This painting is in The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Two Watermills and an Open Sluice near Singraven, oil on canvas by Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruysdael (or Ruisdael), (1628 or ‘29 - 1682.) of Haarlem, Netherlands.
Ruysdael was mainly a landscape artist, and the figures which occasionally appear, such as the one in the background near the left wheel, are from the brushes of other Dutch painters.
Of the Dutch Golden Age, he was among four family members painting landscapes. The works are difficult for even experts to identify the artist. This painting is in the collection of the National Gallery in London, England.
The Halt at the Inn, 1644, oil on canvas by Salomon van Ruysdael, 1602-1670, Haarlem, The Netherlands.
Ruysdael was a landscape painter of the Dutch Golden Age. He devised a way of sculpturing ornaments so they looked like marble. These decorations were used on chests and picture frames. After his technique was discovered, it was widely copied.
This painting is in the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide.
The Sonnet, oil on panel by William Mulready, Irish-born genre artist, 1786-1863.
The young lady reads her lover’s sonnet in silence while he suffers agonies wondering what she thinks of it.
Mulready moved with his family to London when he was 14 years old and this is considered to be one of his important paintings. During his career, he was admitted to the Royal Academy and was awarded the French Legion d’honneur.
The painting is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
The Bridge at Avignon by British impressionist artist Dawson Dawson Watson, 1864-1936.
Watson came from an artistic family and was considered a child prodigy. He was accepted at the Royal Academy of Art in London at age 16.