Art Real Size

In honor of the Art Real Size feature announced on Monday as one of the newest additions to the Art Authority app, here are some examples of paintings in their true sizes.
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Commissioned by a representative of the French monarchy in Rome, this Pieta, depicting the dead Christ in the lap of his mother, Mary, solidified Michelangelo’s status in Rome as a gifted sculptor. This sculpture took two years to complete and is the only one that Michelangelo ever signed. The focus is not on the Passion but to illustrate the representation of the sacrament of communion between man and God, that through the body of Christ, man can ascend to heaven…

Commissioned by a representative of the French monarchy in Rome, this Pieta, depicting the dead Christ in the lap of his mother, Mary, solidified Michelangelo’s status in Rome as a gifted sculptor. This sculpture took two years to complete and is the only one that Michelangelo ever signed. The focus is not on the Passion but to illustrate the representation of the sacrament of communion between man and God, that through the body of Christ, man can ascend to heaven…

It depicts the teutonic legend of Wotan the Mad Hunter, a personification of death and destruction in Germanic mythology. Scholars have noticed the uncanny resemblance to Adolf Hitler: the forelock over his left temple, the brooding eyes, large nose and the trademark little mustache. It is curious to note that Von Stuck painted this in 1889, the year Hitler was born. Hitler also bought The Sin, which he hung in his apartment in Munich. For more on Stuck, visit us at…

It depicts the teutonic legend of Wotan the Mad Hunter, a personification of death and destruction in Germanic mythology. Scholars have noticed the uncanny resemblance to Adolf Hitler: the forelock over his left temple, the brooding eyes, large nose and the trademark little mustache. It is curious to note that Von Stuck painted this in 1889, the year Hitler was born. Hitler also bought The Sin, which he hung in his apartment in Munich. For more on Stuck, visit us at…

The characteristics of Modigliani's avant-garde emerging style are evident in this portrait of Pablo Picasso, such as the incorporation of large swatches of bold colors and distorted forms. Despite these features that suggest a certain degree of abstraction, we still understand that the forms before us on the canvas comprise a man's visage. Many of  Modigliani's contemporaries sat for portraits including Diego Rivera and Juan Gris, both of whom can be seen on Art Authority's community web…

The characteristics of Modigliani's avant-garde emerging style are evident in this portrait of Pablo Picasso, such as the incorporation of large swatches of bold colors and distorted forms. Despite these features that suggest a certain degree of abstraction, we still understand that the forms before us on the canvas comprise a man's visage. Many of Modigliani's contemporaries sat for portraits including Diego Rivera and Juan Gris, both of whom can be seen on Art Authority's community web…

Giovanni Pisano’s wonderfully executed depiction of the Crucifixion is located in the baptistery of the Pisa Cathedral (Duomo di Pisa) in Italy. Christ is centrally featured in the relief, and there is an abundance of mourners surrounding him. The physicality of the relief is striking, and there is a certain rigidity of the marble scene that does not yet resemble the exaggeration of later Gothic art.

Giovanni Pisano’s wonderfully executed depiction of the Crucifixion is located in the baptistery of the Pisa Cathedral (Duomo di Pisa) in Italy. Christ is centrally featured in the relief, and there is an abundance of mourners surrounding him. The physicality of the relief is striking, and there is a certain rigidity of the marble scene that does not yet resemble the exaggeration of later Gothic art.

The Beethoven Frieze was painted by Klimt directly on the wall as a temporary mural installation using light materials including casein paint, graphite, chalk, gold paint, mother of pearl and mirror. The overall length is 34 feet, or 14 meters as it wraps around the room in a 2 meter strip around the top of the ceiling. This work of decorative art was intended to be destroyed, however it was saved due to a Klimt retrospective presented in 1903.

The Beethoven Frieze was painted by Klimt directly on the wall as a temporary mural installation using light materials including casein paint, graphite, chalk, gold paint, mother of pearl and mirror. The overall length is 34 feet, or 14 meters as it wraps around the room in a 2 meter strip around the top of the ceiling. This work of decorative art was intended to be destroyed, however it was saved due to a Klimt retrospective presented in 1903.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is best known as a French Post-Impressionist painter and Art-Nouveau illustrator who was commonly associated with the fringe society of bohemian Paris. This piece reveals Lautrec's particular style of strong lines and relatively flat color areas, which was influenced by his work as an illustrator as well as by the growing interest in the country at the time in Japanese woodblock prints. For more on Lautrec, visit us at community.artauthority.net

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is best known as a French Post-Impressionist painter and Art-Nouveau illustrator who was commonly associated with the fringe society of bohemian Paris. This piece reveals Lautrec's particular style of strong lines and relatively flat color areas, which was influenced by his work as an illustrator as well as by the growing interest in the country at the time in Japanese woodblock prints. For more on Lautrec, visit us at community.artauthority.net

A delicate yet deeply powerful portrait, Jan van Eyck's Madonna in the Church is astonishing for its rich detail - a classic attribute of van Eyck's style - and its diminutive size. Considering the grandeur of Madonna's figure and the splendor of the church, illuminated by transcendent light filtering through the windows, the viewer may be surprised to see that the painting measures 32 x 14 cm – not even the size of a sheet of paper. For more on Van Eyck, visit us at…

A delicate yet deeply powerful portrait, Jan van Eyck's Madonna in the Church is astonishing for its rich detail - a classic attribute of van Eyck's style - and its diminutive size. Considering the grandeur of Madonna's figure and the splendor of the church, illuminated by transcendent light filtering through the windows, the viewer may be surprised to see that the painting measures 32 x 14 cm – not even the size of a sheet of paper. For more on Van Eyck, visit us at…

A monumental and intricately detailed masterpiece, van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece may be based upon the Catholic liturgy for All Saints Day. Wings open, it towers at over eleven by fifteen feet. In light of the painting's true size, the viewer is invited to contemplate the painting in its full splendor - both in its most monumental figures and in its most delicate adornments. For more on Van Eyck, visit http://community.artauthority.net/work.asp?wid=12392=44

A monumental and intricately detailed masterpiece, van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece may be based upon the Catholic liturgy for All Saints Day. Wings open, it towers at over eleven by fifteen feet. In light of the painting's true size, the viewer is invited to contemplate the painting in its full splendor - both in its most monumental figures and in its most delicate adornments. For more on Van Eyck, visit http://community.artauthority.net/work.asp?wid=12392=44

Regarded as one of the greatest examples of portraiture in the 17th century is Velázquez’s depiction of Giovanni Battista Pamphilj. For a portrait, it is a large one; a person of average height reaches eye level with Innocent’s stern and fearful gaze as can be seen in this Art Real Size screenshot. For more on Velazquez, visit us at  http://community.artauthority.net For more on Art Authority for iPad’s new Art Real Size feature, visit: http://blog.artauthority.net/size-matters/

Regarded as one of the greatest examples of portraiture in the 17th century is Velázquez’s depiction of Giovanni Battista Pamphilj. For a portrait, it is a large one; a person of average height reaches eye level with Innocent’s stern and fearful gaze as can be seen in this Art Real Size screenshot. For more on Velazquez, visit us at http://community.artauthority.net For more on Art Authority for iPad’s new Art Real Size feature, visit: http://blog.artauthority.net/size-matters/

Albrecht Dürer's Self-Portrait at Age 28 depicts the German Renaissance artist at life-size proportions, meeting the viewer with an eye-level gaze. Given that most portraits at the time were captured at an angle, Dürer's fully frontal posture - set against a plain black background rather than a finely furnished interior - is unusually arresting. For more on Dürer, visit us at community.artauthority.net.

Albrecht Dürer's Self-Portrait at Age 28 depicts the German Renaissance artist at life-size proportions, meeting the viewer with an eye-level gaze. Given that most portraits at the time were captured at an angle, Dürer's fully frontal posture - set against a plain black background rather than a finely furnished interior - is unusually arresting. For more on Dürer, visit us at community.artauthority.net.


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Portrait of Catherine Howard by Holbein. Catherine became Henry VIII's 5th wife when she was in her early 20s and Henry was in his early 50s. What a disaster the marriage was. She, apparently, was sleeping around quite a bit behind Henry's back within the first year of their marriage. When Henry finally found out, his rage was uncontrollable (kings don't like to be made fools of). He refused to even see her. She was imprisoned in November 1541 and executed shortly thereafter.

Portrait of Catherine Howard by Holbein. Catherine became Henry VIII's 5th wife when she was in her early 20s and Henry was in his early 50s. What a disaster the marriage was. She, apparently, was sleeping around quite a bit behind Henry's back within the first year of their marriage. When Henry finally found out, his rage was uncontrollable (kings don't like to be made fools of). He refused to even see her. She was imprisoned in November 1541 and executed shortly thereafter.

DecorArts - Girl With A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. The World Classic Art Reproductions. Giclee Print with Matching Museum Frame, 16x20\", Finished size: 22x26\" *** Click image for more details.

DecorArts - Girl With A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. The World Classic Art Reproductions. Giclee Print with Matching Museum Frame, 16x20\", Finished size: 22x26\" *** Click image for more details.

Bosch's imposing triptych altarpiece painting, standing at slightly over seven by twelve feet, invites the viewer to enter and contemplate three fantastically figured realms: Paradise, Earth and Hell. Though the painting's surreal beauty inspires curiosity at any size, viewing the painting in light of its larger-than-life dimensions instills new wonder, fear and awe. For more on Bosch and Art Real Size, visit us at   community.artauthority.net - http://blog.artauthority.net/size-matters/

Bosch's imposing triptych altarpiece painting, standing at slightly over seven by twelve feet, invites the viewer to enter and contemplate three fantastically figured realms: Paradise, Earth and Hell. Though the painting's surreal beauty inspires curiosity at any size, viewing the painting in light of its larger-than-life dimensions instills new wonder, fear and awe. For more on Bosch and Art Real Size, visit us at community.artauthority.net - http://blog.artauthority.net/size-matters/

Palais des Papes, Avignon Provence, France

Palais des Papes, Avignon Provence, France

Plaza mayor Madrid, spain

Plaza mayor Madrid, spain

Barrio Gótico de Barcelona

Barrio Gótico de Barcelona

Baptistery  Pisa  In Christian architecture the baptistry or baptistery is the separate centrally-planned structure surrounding the baptismal font. The baptistry may be incorporated within the body of a church or cathedral and be provided with an altar as a chapel. In the early Christian Church, the catechumens were instructed and the sacrament of baptism was administered in the baptistery.

Baptistery Pisa In Christian architecture the baptistry or baptistery is the separate centrally-planned structure surrounding the baptismal font. The baptistry may be incorporated within the body of a church or cathedral and be provided with an altar as a chapel. In the early Christian Church, the catechumens were instructed and the sacrament of baptism was administered in the baptistery.

Parque del Buen Retiro Gardens, Madrid.

Parque del Buen Retiro Gardens, Madrid.

9.  Basilica di Santa Croce - "Santa Croce" church    The Santa Croce Franciscan cathedral is one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in Italy. Its Carrara marble front features also green marble squares. Its Gothic interiors keep uncountable artistic works such as the octagonal shaped marble Renaissance pulpit by Benedetto da Maiano and two works by Donatello, Annunciation and the wooden crucifix.

9. Basilica di Santa Croce - "Santa Croce" church The Santa Croce Franciscan cathedral is one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in Italy. Its Carrara marble front features also green marble squares. Its Gothic interiors keep uncountable artistic works such as the octagonal shaped marble Renaissance pulpit by Benedetto da Maiano and two works by Donatello, Annunciation and the wooden crucifix.

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