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~ Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting, the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality. ~


Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres - Bagnante di Valpincon ( 1808, Paris - Musée du Louvre )

Giampietrino | Madonna of the Cherries | 1509

Anselm Friedrich Feuerbach, Iphigenia (Detail), 1871

A View of Tantallon Castle, Alexander Nasmyth, ca. 1816

Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge, Thomas Cole, 1829

Il Bacio
Pinacoteca de Brera, Milan. Francesco Hayez, 1859.

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Martinus Rørbye’s View from the Artist’s Window, circa 1825, might initially look like a pretty—but narrativeless—painting of exactly what the title describes.
However, The Statens Museum for Kunst describes a number of the symbolic aspects of View from the Artist’s Window, including this one: “The familiar closeness of the drawing room is contrasted with the sailing ships in the harbour, bound for faraway destinations.” (Rørbye, as the Museum adds, was soon to leave his childhood home.)

Portrait of Tsar Peter I - Aleksey Antropov

Rembrandt, Two Scholars Disputing, 1628, oil on panel, 72 x 60 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Source
This is believed to be a representation of Saints Peter and Paul, though they are not depicted with any of their recognisable attributes. Instead, Rembrandt relies on the viewer’s awareness of both figures’ traditional appearances, such as Peter’s white beard.