While visiting the National Gallery of Art, I saw various portraits. There was the famous George Washington portrait we see on the one dollar bill, painted by Gilbert Stuart. The artist also painted another painting, titled the Skater. The Native-American portrait of an Iowa medicine man, painted by George Catlin, was also there. I also see two other portraits painted in the Rococo style, the portrait of Elizabeth Throckmorton and a painting of the Marquis de Beringhem holding a bird.
George Catlin was a writer, lawyer, and a self taught painter. He became interested in preserving the record of various customs of the native after his meeting with the tribal delegations. To pursue his interest, George Catlin travel America, do sketch and paint scenes of the Native in their daily lives. See-non-ty-a, an Iowa medicine man painted in 1844/1845 was one of George Catlin’s works (“George Carlin”, n.d.).
Gilbert Stuart’s success as an artist the day he exhibit his portrait of the British lawyer, Sir William Grant, titled The Skater. One of his most famous pieces is the painting of George Washington, The Athenaeum, painted on 1821. Replica of this can be seen today on every one dollar bill. The original painting was left unfinished by the artist. The painting currently displayed in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. was an early replica of this painting (“Gilbert Stuart”, n.d.).
Nicolas De Largilliere is a French painter in the late 1600, early 1700. He was born in Antwerp, England, where he painted still-life. In 1692, he moved to Paris and become the director of the Academy Royal (“Artist”, 2007). It is here that he painted a rococo portrait of Elizabeth Throckmorton, the Mother Superior of the Augustinian House, in 1729. The painting captured the translucent of her veil and the complex shadow of the cloth and face complexion (“Elizabeth Throckmorton”, n.d.).
Jean-Baptiste Oudry was the first student of Nicolas De Largilliere. He was the...