Elaine Stainton examines three 18th century views of the Thames and discusses the influence that Venetian artist Canaletto's residency in London had on English depictions of the great river.
Jacques Stella (1596-1657) became famous for his diminutive oil paintings executed on stone. Specialist Elaine Stainton profiles the French artist and his exquisite work that attracted the patronage of Cosimo de’ Medici, Pope Urban VIII and Louis XIII of France.
Taking root at the turn of the 20th century, German Expressionism rejected the traditional goal of depicting reality in favor of portraying deeper psychological complexities and political truths. Artists often utilized bold color, texture and abstraction to incite an emotional response from their viewers, thus tapping into the volatility that defined German society through the Weimar era. Director of Paintings Elaine Stainton provides insights into this influential philosophy and its leading artists.