Spotlight / Vincenzo Foppa’s ‘The Young Cicero Reading’

Here sits a young boy absorbed in his reading, perhaps slowly working his way through the pile of books on the shelf next to him. The boy is the young orator and writer, Cicero, identifiable by the engraving on the stone bench behind him. His face appears to be calm with a hint of quiet …

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Spotlight / Charpentier’s Melancholy

Constance Marie Charpentier, Melancholy, 1801, oil on canvas, 130 x 165cm, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France. The above shows the best-known painting of nineteenth-century French artist Constance Marie Charpentier. Her work resonates inspiration from the Neo-Classical movement, popular amid French painters of the time. Charpentier was considered one of the finest portrait painters of the …

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Spotlight / Raphael’s Bindo Altoviti

Raphael, Bindo Altoviti, oil on panel, c.1515, 59.7 x 43.8 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington Shown here is Raphael's portrait of papal banker and aristocrat Bindo Altoviti. Bindo's connections and friendships with artists including Michelangelo and Giorgio Vasari meant he became a reputable and influential patron of the arts amid the first half of …

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