Alfred Brendel on Paintings


Albrecht Altdorfer

Alte Pinakothek, Munich

quoteA unique combination of grandeur and detail, of an almost cosmic vision and the precision of a miniaturist.quote

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Leonardo da Vinci

Ginevra de Benci
National Gallery of Art, Washington

quoteCalls the legend that Leonardo was exclusively a painter of hermaphrodites a lie. My favourite female portrait.quote

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Nymph and Shepherd
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

quoteRefined sensuality by an octogenarian genius.quote

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Sebastian Stoskopff

Spanschachtel und Nautilus - Still Life with a Nautilus, Panther Shell, and Chip-Wood Box
Metropolitan Museum, New York

quoteThe essential still life.quote

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Nicolas Poussin

David with the head of Goliath
Dulwich Picture Gallery

quoteTurbulent and controlled at once. The picture’s centre is not Goliath’s head but the circle of a musical instrument.quote

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Gerard Terborch

A lady in a satin dress in front of a bed with red draperies
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

quoteMy idea of perfection.quote

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Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec

"A Montrouge" - Rosa la Rouge
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

quoteHere, the character of the young woman is unconcealed. The viewer is hit by anarchic defiance.quote

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Pablo Picasso

Museo de la Reina Sofia, Madrid

quoteThe peak of an amazing half-century of painting that broke away from the rules of tradition.quote

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