Thousands of pages of text have been crafted to cover the work of art history’s greatest figures, but there is something particularly refreshing when that depth of content can be boiled down into a morsel of enlightening information. This is the concept behind Musebooks’ 7 Artists in 7 Days series, which gives you a roadmap for revisiting the major masters and moments of art history. Think of it as a short daily workout for your mind – and your eyes.
Sunday - Van Eyck
Often called the inventor of oil painting, Jan van Eyck (c. 1380–1441) was a pioneering artist who forged his own path. Some of the most intriguing details of his works are his signatures – highly unusual for the time. The frame of this painting reads “As I can / Jan van Eyck made me on October 21, 1433”. Learn more with these Musebooks.
Monday - Botticelli
“Primavera” by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445–1510) assembles a motley group of mythological figures whose meaning all together has left generations of art historians scratching their heads. Some have looked for hidden symbolism in the flowers and plants, 500 of which have been identified. Discover more of Botticelli’s mysteries.
Tuesday - Bruegel
Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525–1569) was renowned for his ability to stock his compositions with rich and complex motifs. His "Netherlandish Proverbs" represents 100+ Netherlandish proverbs and idioms, from “banging your head against a brick wall” to “tossing feathers in the wind”. Lose yourself in more of Bruegel’s clever details with these Musebooks.
Wednesday - Caravaggio
Now known as a master of light and shadow and human emotion, Caravaggio (1571–1610) led a tumultuous life, spending his last years on the run. Items found in his abandoned apartment in Rome paint a telling picture: 11 drinking glasses but only 1 plate, 3 daggers, 2 swords, 12 books and a large mirror. Read more about the artist’s life and his works.
Thursday - Vermeer
Reflective lenses? A camera obscura? Uncanny visual acuity? Theories abound as to how 17th-century Dutch master Jan Vermeer (1632–1675) achieved such photographic precision in his paintings, an accuracy that has made his works some of the most celebrated today. Revisit the Dutch Golden Age with these magnificent titles.
Friday - Monet
It was Claude Monet’s (1840–1926) “Impression, Sunrise”, and a critic’s scathing reaction to the work, that gave the Impressionists their name. Monet and his contemporaries painted outdoors, focused on capturing the fleeting light, color and atmosphere with quick brushstrokes. Now you can take a virtual stroll through Monet’s landscapes with these digital volumes.
Saturday - Klimt
Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) was a visionary leader of the Art Nouveau who was inspired by the patterns and colors of Byzantine mosaics. He combined these patterns with with delicate portraiture to create a unique modern aesthetic. Want more Art Nouveau mastery?