Jacques Louis David (30 August 1748 – 29 December 1825) is one of the most famous French neoclassic painters and perhaps the most important one. Alongside his astounding work, he was a leading member of the Jacobins (the revolutionary political movement of the French Revolution) and closely connected to Napoléon Bonaparte who appointed him First Painter to the Imperial Court.
The soft colored Louis XVI style room, the elegant light pink evening gown and the classic pose add to the graceful result. Although the painting seems still and the pose conventional, the lady is actually moving while trying to fit one of her gloves, giving the impression that Lévy was there only to capture this moment.
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) was a Greek artist whose painting and sculpture helped define the Spanish Renaissance and influence various movements to come. “The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Infant John” is one of El Greco’s many inventions that is not described in the Bible and portends Christ’s eventual death and resurrection.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) is considered to be one of the greatest painters and etchers in the history of art, and he definitely is the most important from the Netherlands. He is the prevailing artist of what is called the Dutch Golden Age, alongside Vermeer, Jacob van Ruisdael and Frans Hals. Rembrandt prevailed over the other artists of the Baroque movement, the prominent artistic style in Europe at the time, with his unique and simple style.