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Peter Paul Rubens (detail)

Peter Paul Rubens (June 28, 1577 – May 30, 1640) was a prolific seventeenth-century Flemish Baroque painter, and a proponent of an exuberant Baroque style that emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. He is well-known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. In addition to running a large studio…

Aline Charigot

Detail of Aline Charigot from “By the Seashore” (1883) Oil on canvas By Auguste Renoir French, 1841-1919 Accession #: 29.100.125 Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York)—August 28, 2010 Like other artists who painted in an Impressionist style in the 1870s, Renoir eventually began to explore a different manner of painting. A trip to…