J. M. W. Turner's The Golden Bough Year 1834 Medium Oil on canvas Dimensions 104.1 cm x 163.8 cm (41.0 in x 64.5 in) Get a detailed look at this famous work by visiting the Tate Britain website.
Turner created this oil painting in 1834 when he was 23 years old. It shows part of an ancient tree, with its branches and leaves covered in golden flowers. The tree is based on a real one that grew near where Turner lived in Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
What is so special about this tree? It is called "The Golden Bough" because of all the gold leaf used in its decoration. It grew in a park near where Turner played as a child. He remembered it well and often visited it when traveling through Europe.
In addition to being a skilled artist, Turner was also a good draughtsman and photographer. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, taking photographs of everything he saw-people, buildings, landscapes-and later assembled them into large paintings. This enabled him to show the different aspects of these subjects in a single image.
One reviewer wrote that The Golden Bough "exhibits the whole art of landscape painting in its greatest perfection".
It is rather little for such a famous picture, measuring only 30 inches by 21 inches (77 cm by 53 cm). The artwork draws the observer in with a variety of distinct creative approaches; Leonardo's expertise is frequently referred to as the Mona Lisa Effect. He used light and shade to create an image that seems three-dimensional, and he also used geometry and perspective to make her face seem large even though she is not standing far away.
The painting itself is on linen or hemp cloth and it is estimated to have taken Leonardo between 1504 and 1506 to complete. He lived from April 15th 1452 to July 2nd 1519 and during that time he produced some of his most important work including paintings, sketches, designs for machines, books and more.
Leo's style changed over time so it is difficult to describe him as just one artist but rather a collection of different styles all blended together to produce a unique masterpiece.
He started out using oil paints which required frequent repainting because they were very thin and would soak into the canvas when applied directly to the wood frame behind them. This was fine for historic figures because you wanted to preserve them as exactly how they were found. As he grew older he began to use mineral colors which were much less expensive but they needed more preparation before use so they wouldn't run if you spilled anything on them.
The original artwork, which measures 77 x 53 cm (30 x 20 7/8 in), is held by the French government and is displayed on the wall of the Louvre in Paris, France. The painting was commissioned by Francesco del Giocondo for delivery in 1503 to be married to his daughter. He requested that she be painted wearing a white dress with blue stripes because this was his wife's favorite color scheme. The resulting image makes her look younger than 36 years old, as opposed to the actual age of 35.
When delivered, the painting was not finished; therefore, it has no title. It was completed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1519-1520.
The painting is currently on display at the Musée du Louvre in Paris but will be returned to the U.S. after a three-year exhibition cycle.
Check out our video below to see how much the painting weighs:
Inside the Painting - The Louvre
Outside the Painting - Le Louvre
Mona Lisa Facts
Leonardo da Vinci created three versions of the Mona Lisa.
Larger-than-39-inch-wide artwork is called a mural. The term "mural" also refers to the completed work, not just to the canvas or panel used to support it.
If you want people to take you seriously as an artist, then you should be willing to put yourself out there by doing big paintings. If you don't want to hurt yourself or damage your property, then stay small!
A large painting can be any size, from 1 to 2 meters (3 to 6 feet) wide and high. A huge painting would be even bigger than that!
In general, the larger the better. Big paintings are more impressive and attract more attention from visitors than small ones. Of course, this is subjective, but most museums and art galleries require new works to be at least 39 inches wide for public viewing.
The amount of time it takes to paint a large picture depends on the artist but usually isn't finished in one session. It may take several days or weeks until you reach completion, depending on how much detail you include in the image and how long it takes you to paint one section of the picture.