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Trace Bradley

Trace is an amateur painter who turned her hobby into a lovely obsession. She is keen to learn everything about the most famous artworks ever created and aims to apply their techniques to her works. She documents her findings on Art-Facts to help you understand every aspect of paintings and other forms of art and gets back to her easel shortly after.

The Disembarkation at Marseilles by Rubens – Top 8 Facts

One of the leading Baroque artists of the 17th century was in high demand in the highest circles of European society. One of the commissions that Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) earned in the early 1620s came straight from Marie de Medici, the former Queen of France and widow of King Henry IV of France. It’s …

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The Basket of Apples by Paul Cézanne – Top 8 Facts

Fruit hasn’t been the most popular subject matter for painters. It has been regarded as too simplistic to be transformed into a masterpiece. Caravaggio (1571-1614) had a brief spell in which he realistically depicted fruit, some of it rotten such as in his famous Basket of Fruit. He was one of the few Old Masters …

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Rain, Steam and Speed by J.M.W. Turner – Top 8 Facts

Very few paintings in the oeuvre of J.M.W. Turner define the artist’s career as this remarkable masterpiece of the Romantic era. Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was an English artist who defined the world of art. He managed to convey a special atmosphere into his works which made him stand out from other Romantic artists …

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Top 10 Famous Surrealist Paintings

Surrealism is an art movement that emerged in the aftermath of World War I and which continued to flourish well into the 1950s. Surrealist artists developed a technique that allowed the unconscious mind to produce the painting. This resulted in paintings with an illogical subject matter. André Breton (1896-1966), a French writer and poet, wrote …

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The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt – Top 8 Facts

Many of the paintings of Rembrandt, one of the greatest Dutch artists in history, feature a clear subject matter. One of the paintings that Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) produced during the final years of his life might not exactly depict what the title of the work describes. In this article, we’ll take a closer look …

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Top 10 Famous Auguste Rodin Sculptures

Just about every innovation in the world of art was heavily criticized in the beginning. The same applied to this famous French artist. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is considered to be the founding father of modern sculpture because he was one of the first artists who went against conventional ideas of sculpture. His talent and unique …

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The Cardsharps by Caravaggio – Top 8 Facts

Although the life story of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), better known as simply “Caravaggio,” reads like a thriller, the talent of this Baroque master was undeniable. He had to flee from both Milan and Rome and painted numerous incredible masterpieces in between his rowdy escapades. Let’s take a closer look at some of the …

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A Man with a Quilted Sleeve by Titian – Top 8 Facts

Most of the images we see from Tiziano Vecelli (1488-1576), a Renaissance artist better known by his nickname Titian, are those of an old man. That’s mainly because he lived a very long life and many of his most famous paintings were produced when he had reached a respectable age. His talent, however, was already …

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Woman with a Parasol by Claude Monet – Top 8 Facts

Claude Monet (1840-1926) was the founding father of Impressionism. He developed the technique of painting what he perceived, often including a sense of motion using visible brushstrokes. His painting “Impression, Soleil Levant” or “Impression, Sunrise,” coined the term for this important art movement of the 19th century. One of the most distinctive Impressionist paintings ever …

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Elephant and Obelisk by Gian Lorenzo Bernini – Top 8 Facts

When Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) moved with his family to Rome in the early 17th century, he was amazed by the city’s architecture. His big dream as a child was to decorate the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica that he had visited with his father. The reality far exceeded the child prodigy’s wishes. Very few Baroque …

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