The greatest painting in all of human history is Titian's Assumption of the Virgin

Fulminator

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the day we see a completely digital piece in a national gallery, with no processes used to transfer to a larger cavas (ala murakami and the 1000s of hours it takes to screen those textures onto medium) will be a sad day for art IMO.

i saw this in person last year. it was fantastic
...why? There are plenty of digital pieces that are just as compelling.
 

teague

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Love me some good landscapes, thanks for posting these.

...why? There are plenty of digital pieces that are just as compelling.
I think they meant digital versions of originally physical paintings, but if not then I definitely agree with you that there are lots of great digital works of art. But with something that was originally in a physical medium, there is definitely something about seeing the real one that's hard to describe.
 

Krauser Kat

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...why? There are plenty of digital pieces that are just as compelling.
Naw, the physics of taking pigment and using a physical object to place it on a canvas will always be infinitely more compelling then a printer printing a digital piece.

There is no undo or take backs. The artist had once chance to make that stroke right and they did, and thats why we call them masters. Digital paintings can be amazing and some of the best artists today work that way but the pieces they are producing just do nothing for me compared to creating a physical painting.
 

Aaron D.

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I think Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2. is my personal fave.

Got to see it at NYCs 100 anniversary of the Armory Show where it premiered. Man, what a gass.
 

Aaron D.

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This single painting helped me to meet and talk to my current wife nearly 10 years ago. Crazy that I see it posted here.
Haha! That's awesome.

Ironically my first date with my wife of 20 years was at DC's National Gallery of Art.

I took her back there some years later, back to the same gallery in the Impressionists wing where we sat on a couch talking for hours...and proposed to her.
 

Fulminator

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Naw, the physics of taking pigment and using a physical object to place it on a canvas will always be infinitely more compelling then a printer printing a digital piece.

There is no undo or take backs. The artist had once chance to make that stroke right and they did, and thats why we call them masters. Digital paintings can be amazing and some of the best artists today work that way but the pieces they are producing just do nothing for me compared to creating a physical painting.
Well that’s just not true. You have as many chances to get that stroke as you want provided you have enough paint and the motivation to keep reworking your piece. We call them masters because they persevered through making all the bad work and built up the skill to make their masterpieces.

I feel like digital painting is not an inferior method of painting. I agree that physical paintings do have an element of tactility that many, if not all, digital paintings lack, but I would still maintain that there are many out there that evoke just as strong a feeling as a physical painting. I do agree that prints aren’t as compelling, but I also believe digital paintings should be viewed digitally for best results. Just as physical paintings should be viewed physically.
 

Krauser Kat

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Well that’s just not true. You have as many chances to get that stroke as you want provided you have enough paint and the motivation to keep reworking your piece. We call them masters because they persevered through making all the bad work and built up the skill to make their masterpieces.

I feel like digital painting is not an inferior method of painting. I agree that physical paintings do have an element of tactility that many, if not all, digital paintings lack, but I would still maintain that there are many out there that evoke just as strong a feeling as a physical painting. I do agree that prints aren’t as compelling, but I also believe digital paintings should be viewed digitally for best results. Just as physical paintings should be viewed physically.
Now i just want to see a 10 ft by 10 ft million dpi screen with a digital painting on it.
 

LabRat

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i always loved rembrandts night watch and francis bacon personally







i've also never got pollock until i saw mural, now i can look at his paintings for hours

 
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I disagree. There are many better pieces of art.

And how come no one is mentioning Eastern art? There are many beautiful pieces of art from Middle-Eastern and Far-Eastern cultures.
 

Nature

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This is a great thread. Its fantastic to see so many people here appreciating the old masters, the romantics and the academic painters.

Lately I've been really into Golden Age American illustrators, some of them were so godlike, such as Dean Cornwell for example. Cornwell was a master of composing powerful and complex paintings with figures in costume, on a level that compares to the old masters imo. What I also love about how his work is how he designs his figures in such a way that emphasizes their 3D form and structures even though he uses very painterly brush strokes. He really "sculpts" the forms with his brush strokes in a way that I really want to emulate.

 
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Ambient80

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Paintings from the era/style of the one in the OP always have people with very sarcastic looking expressions to me, haha. I just see Mary shaking her hands in that picture and being like "Oh wow you're so magical woooooow" in a really sarcastic tone lol
 

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(Raffaello, Ritratto di Baldassarre Castiglione)
I remember seeing this live and being deeply moved about the tender portrait of a friend made by who was considered at the time the best painter of all history. Seen it on a monitor doesn't quite give me the same vibes, so I guess this explains why I don't share the enthusiasm for the paintings that have been linked here.