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Every Picture Tells a Story

Every Picture Tells a Story

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Published by: artekipling on Aug 16, 2010
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a viewer’s guide
EveryPictureTells aStory
EpisodE 1
Mr and Mrs Andrews
by Thomas Gainsborough
In his portrait o two aristocratic 18th-century British landowners,Gainsborough may have intended to depict bird carcasses in theunnished area in the lady’s lap as a not-so-subtle comment on thecouple’s marriage and social position.
Qton to Con
1. Does the painting appeal to you? Why do you think critics consider ita masterpiece?2. Other critics have speculated that the artist could have intended topaint a child’s portrait or book in the void in Mrs. Andrew’s lap. Whatsignicance do you think those objects would have had? Why elsemight Gainsborough have let the area unnished?3. I Mr. and Mrs. Andrews did indeed stop Gainsborough romincluding a symbolic social critique in the painting, how do you thinkthe incident could have aected his ability to get commissions topaint the celebrities o his day?
Oth wok Ft
 Mary, Countess Howe
(ca. 1763), Thomas Gainsborough
 Mrs Sarah Siddons
(1785), Thomas Gainsborough
William Poyntz 
(1762), Thomas Gainsborough
Thomas Gainsborough with His Wie and Elder Daughter, Mary
(ca. 1751), Thomas Gainsborough
Two Daughters with Cat
(ca. 1759), Thomas Gainsborough
 Peter Darnell Muilman, Charles Croake, and William Keable in a Landscape
(ca. 1750), Thomas Gainsborough
Girl with Pigs
(1782), Thomas Gainsborough
The Four Elements: Air
(1570), Joachim Beuckelaer
ca. 1750 (oil on canvas) National Gallery, London
EpisodE 2
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp
 by Rembrandt
Rembrandt suggests Christian iconography in his portrait o acriminal’s cadaver and puts us, the viewers, in the position o theaudience oten depicted in such paintings.
Qton to Con
1. Why do you think the 17th century Dutch were so ascinated bycadaver dissections?2. What elements o the painting appeal to you? In your opinion, whatidenties it as a Rembrandt?3. Do you think the ascination with dissection has any parallels inmodern painting, photography, or lm? Why or why not?
Oth wok Ft
Sel Portrait as the Apostle St. Paul
(1661), Rembrandt
The Descent rom the Cross
(1633), Rembrandt
 Flayed Ox
(1655), Rembrandt
 Dead Peacocks
(ca. 1639), Rembrandt
 Anatomy drawing rom the Leiden Anatomy Theatre
(1609),J.C. Woudanus
The Anatomy Lesson o Dr. Sebastiaen Egbertszoon
(ca. 1601-03),Aert Pieterszoon
 Dr. Sebastiaen Egbertszoon’s Osteological Presentation
(1619),Nicolaes Eliaszoon Pickenoy
The Anatomy Lesson o Dr. Frederick Ruysch
(1683), Jan van Neck
Sel Portrait
(1628), Rembrandt
Still Lie with Flowers
(1639), Hans Bollongier
The Night Watch
(1642), Rembrandt
The Anatomy Lesson o Dr. Joan Deyman
(1656), Rembrandt
 1632 (oil on canvas) Mauritshuis, The Hague

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