Sunday, February 21, 2016

European paintings arranged by color, 16th-18th-centuries

ORANGE
French painter
Portrait of a young woman
18th century
Prado

There is a particular folder called HOLDER where I store digital images of newly discovered or rediscovered works of art until the time arrives to exploit them here. Each individual painting becomes a thumbnail within a grid. Ranging across hundreds of these thumbnails at once on a widescreen monitor, the eye tends spontaneously to pick out color-sequences that push forward and suggest themselves. Usually I ignore these suggestions. They are not part of my purpose here. Today I decided to heed them.

PINK
Francesco Goya
Condesa de Altamira & daughter
1787-88
Metropolitan Museum of Art

RED
Giambattista Moroni
A Soldier
ca. 1560
Prado

YELLOW
Orazio Gentileschi
Lute Player
ca. 1612-20
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)

GREEN
Titian
St. Margaret & the Dragon
ca. 1565
Prado

BLUE
Domenico Fetti
Salvator Mundi
ca. 1622-23
Metropolitan Museum of Art

VIOLET
Luca Giordano
Penitent Magdalene
ca. 1660-65
Prado

INDIGO
Pierre Mignard
Philippe de Bourbon, duc d'Anjou
1686
Prado

WHITE
Santiago Mor√°n
Infanta Margarita Francisca
ca. 1610
Prado

BLACK
Simon Dubois
Portrait of a Woman
1689
Prado

GRAY
Jan Gossaert
Portrait of a man
ca. 1520-25
Metropolitan Museum of Art

GOLD
Rodrigo de Villandrando
Philip IV & the dwarf Miguel Soplillo
ca. 1620
Prado

SILVER
Michel Ange Houasse
Luis I, Prince of Asturias
1717
Prado

BROWN
Guercino
Penitent Magdalene
ca. 1656-59
Prado

BEIGE
Bartolomé Murillo
Holy Family with a Little Bird
ca. 1650
Prado