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The 1000++ Artworks created around 1550

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo - Summer 1Summer 1Giuseppe Arcimboldo

In 1562 Arcimboldo left his country and joined the Emperor's court, where he was liked and treated well and received with great kindness, and the Emperor gave him a good salary worthy of his merits and also showed his affection in many other ways. And so our Arcimboldo lived a very fulfilling and ho...

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo - AutumnAutumnGiuseppe Arcimboldo

Autumn, from a series depicting the four seasons, commissioned by Emperor Maximilian II (1527-76) 1573 (oil on canvas) by Arcimboldo, Giuseppe (1527-93).

Art Museum (Denver, United States)
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo - AirAirGiuseppe Arcimboldo

The Four Elements is a series of paintings by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo in 1566 during the Renaissance. They were commissioned by Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor. The portraits display figures in profile formed by different animals or objects. Earth is represented by land animals, Air by ...

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo - The LibrarianThe LibrarianGiuseppe Arcimboldo

The Librarian is an oil on canvas painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo in the collection of Skokloster Castle in Sweden. It is thought to be a portrait of Wolfgang Lazius, a humanist and historian who served Holy Roman Emperors of the House of Habsburg. Arcimboldo became official portraitist to Emperor M...

Skoklosters Slott (Sweden)
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Albrecht Altdorfer - The Battle of Alexander at IssusThe Battle of Alexander at IssusAlbrecht Altdorfer

he Battle of Alexander at Issus (German: Alexanderschlacht) is a 1529 oil painting by the German artist Albrecht Altdorfer (c. 1480–1538), a pioneer of landscape art and a founding member of the Danube school. It portrays the 333 BC Battle of Issus, in which Alexander the Great secured a decisive vi...

Alte Pinakothek (Munchen, Germany)
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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - The Hunters in the Snow (Winter)The Hunters in the Snow (Winter)Pieter Bruegel The Elder

The painting is part of the permanent collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The Picture Gallery was developed from the art collection created by the House of Habsburg. It is one of the more important collections of European paintings in the world and focuses on paintings between th...

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
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Jacopo Carucci (Pontormo) - VisitationVisitationJacopo Carucci (Pontormo)
(1528)

his early Visitation makes an interesting comparison with his painting of the same subject (at right), which was done about a decade later for the parish church of St. Michael in Carmignano, about 20 km west of Florence. Placing these two pictures together—one from his early style, and another from ...

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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - Christ Carrying the CrossChrist Carrying the CrossPieter Bruegel The Elder

This is the second-largest known painting by Bruegel. It is one of sixteen paintings by him which are listed in the inventory of the wealthy Antwerp collector, Niclaes Jonghelinck, drawn up in 1566. It was Jonghelinck who commissioned the Months from Bruegel and he may also have commissioned this wo...

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
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Pieter Bruegel The Elder - The Triumph of DeathThe Triumph of DeathPieter Bruegel The Elder

The painting is a panoramic landscape of death: the sky in the distance is blackened by smoke from burning cities and the sea is littered with shipwrecks. Armies of skeletons advance on the hapless living, who either flee in terror or try vainly to fight back. Skeletons kill people in a variety of w...

Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain)
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