Hey, time to get off the beach -we got a wedding to go to tonight!

This is Van Eyck's wedding.  Quite a outfit the man (boy?) is wearing.  But at least the dame is willing.

The Top Three!

Mona Lisa by Da Vinci,                    Starry Night by Van Gogh                       and Demoiselles of Avignon by Picasso

This is Da Vinci's Lady with Ermine, and take a look at her hands.  He made Lisa's hands a little more prominent than they needed to be, and he takes that to an extreme here.   As art historians note, her little friend copies her gesture with its paw.

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God Almighty, what's going to happen to me when I die? is what he's thinking.

    Unlike Raphael's Pope Leo X and his boy toy cardinals, who have other thoughts and definite plans for the future, centered around money and power, more so than ecclesiatical matters.  As Medicis, they are rulers of the Florentine city-state. 

Georges la Tour's The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds is a more lighthearted treatment of the same subject.  The shady character is just that, but in this privileged whitest of white girls world, nothing too bad is going to happen.

First, let's meet the guides


The Fish with Booties says:

Welcome to The World's Greatest Paintings!


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Unlike this poor sap, who is (WInslow Homer's) Waiting for an Answer

Five Six hundred years ago, the Popes had kids.

Here is Velasquez's Pope Innocent the 3rd and his grandsons.  Are they trying to pull a fast one on him, or attending to his needs?   And is he wise to them or not?  This ambiguity is part of the power of this painting. 


Velasquez also painted the pope himself, which is a more polished portrait - the folds and shading of the fabric create a lot of visual interest. 

She had a little doggie just like me, and I would play with it and her ermine when the girls went out for Starbucks!

Rebecca                                       Roxanne


​Ruthie                                          Rhianna

​        and there will be others as well

   I like to Set Sail myself some times.

And all the folks on Seurat's Grande Jatte Island like to watch me on Sunday .

   This is a big picture - it takes up a whole wall in Chicago's art museum

OK, and as long as we're in the Renaissance, it's time for some old church guys.


​Titian                      Michaelangelo                    Tintoretto

Caravaggio was a master of light and shadow, but also a man of passion and violence, and his paintings are a far cry from the blissful madonnas of his contemporaries.  In his  CardSharps, they boy is getting tricked out of his money and worse is to come.

Here is my friend Mario!  (Caravaggio's Boy with Basket of Fruit)   We're going to a party in Rome tonight.  I'll spare you the banana jokes.

And here is her girlfirend Donna Velata  by Raphael

No one could paint women more beautifully, although Renoir tried Twinkle, what are you doing here?  {Twinkle is Cocoa's mother}

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Here is another party scene, but in a happier outdoor setting - Renoir's Boating Party  (Men still wore top hats then)


And here is the river they were just on - Manet's Banks of the Seine.  

But we will com back to you, Ms. Carpathia, because here is a modern painter who is giving Raphael a run for his money!

Who are you?


​I'm Metri di Trecce.  Call me Darren.


​Will Wilson painted both of us.


I think Caravaggio inspired Arcimboldo and his Veggie Man   (I am the Foot Yam)

The Mona Lisa is the

world's most famous painting

(Until FWB gets better known, of course)

So tell us about it. 

What's she smiling about?

                   She just found out she is pregnant.

Or maybe she has a hot date tonight, and is planning to get pregnant, more likely.

That's why it is such a great painting -

not easy to paint an ambiguous smile and wise,

warm eyes the way Leonardo has done.

Where is the painting?

Everything is on Google Images.

No, the actual physical painting.

The Louvre, in Paris France.  It always has

quite a crowd of people gaping at it.


If she doesn't say yes, we will have to consider Benton's Ballad  of the Jealous Lover