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Themes in Art


A painting executed entirely in shades of grey, typically as a sketch or underpainting for a final, fully-colored work. Working in monochrome shades allowed artists to visualize the dimentional, almost sculptural forms within their compositions, before adding the complexity of full color.

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King Ferdinand Meeting Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand, Peter Paul Rubens

King Ferdinand Meeting Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand Peter Paul Rubens, 1635

Sketch for The Lion Hunt, Peter Paul Rubens

Sketch for The Lion Hunt Peter Paul Rubens, 1614 – 1615

The Large Piece of Turf, Albrecht Dürer

The Large Piece of Turf Albrecht Dürer, 1503

The Three Soldiers, Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Three Soldiers Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1568

The Triumph of Henry IV, Peter Paul Rubens

The Triumph of Henry IV Peter Paul Rubens, 1627 – 1631

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Death in Art, Themes in Art

Death in Art

Life's only guarantee

Abstract Figures, Themes in Art

Abstract Figures

Hinting at the human form

Autobiographies, Themes in Art


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