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This gallery encompasses the works of Rembrandt and Vermeer, both of whom were prolific artists during the Dutch Baroque Period (1630-1670)

The Abduction of Europa can easily be classified as a Baroque Dutch piece. Its accurate depiction of light and shadows as well as the realism of figures are characteristic to several paintings of the era.As the majority of the painting is drenched in shadow, Rembrandt draws the viewers attention to focus upon the central characters: the princess Europa, Jupiter disguised in the form of a white bull, and Europa's startled companions. While Rembrandt tended to stray from mythologically associated pieces, this still definitely captures and conveys an emotional narrative. One may note the appearance of shock upon Europa's companions' faces, expressing limited but certainly apparent surprise, horror, and an overall feeling of helplessness as they haplessly watch the abduction of their beloved princess.
One of the many still-lifes painted by Dutch artists, this piece by Rembrandt portrays a scene mid-motion. While most works depict soldiers as neatly ordered and assigned to their rows, the majority of characters are strewn throughout this piece in the middle of performing an action, imbuing the painting with an air of motion and life.
Portraits were very common among Dutch painters throughout the 17th century; preponderantly concentrated in this region of Europe as compared to other nations during the Baroque period. Although one may be led to a brief interpretation of the painting based upon Rembrandt's life, such an analysis might erroneously assert that the piece reflects the aura of melancholy that had dominated Rembrandt during this period of his life. However, a closer inspection would reveal greater detail regarding the piece. Both his eyes and the rich range of pinks in his face would prove a sense of dignity or hope rather than one of sadness and acquiescence.
This still-life illustrates one of the many life-like depictions commonly associated with Dutch Baroque paintings. Advanced usage of shading and lighting promotes a sense of realism. Clever placement of gray clouds and dark shadows foreshadows an approaching storm, threatening the calm placidity of the scene with inevitable rough agitation.
Utilizing a variety of lighting techniques - note the realistic lights cast by the window as well as the contrasting shadows behind the furniture - in this still-life, this painting captures a young woman mid-action, creating a vivid aura of life-like authenticity.
While the shading of this image doesn't appear as in-depth as his Young Woman with a Pearl Necklace, Vermeer does detail the houses with meticulous attention to even the most minute points. Once again this still-life captures life mid-action, especially with the background lady who appears to have been caught halfway through some activity.
Noticeable attention to fine details can be detected throughout the picture. If one observes closely to the background painting, they may realize it to be The Last Judgment and the balance she holds may be associated with her judgement before death. In front of her lies necklaces and other symbols of vanity and materialism, possibly representing earthly possessions. Further compounding the potential of a specific theme is the detached, peaceful expression of the woman, as if she has been removed from all problems in the world. Accurate shading promotes a sense of realism and the woman's face is modeled to appear life-like.
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