Painting fragments that stand alone as interesting compositions


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On a recent visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I enjoyed walking around the European Paintings Galleries, revisiting familiar masterpieces and taking in lesser-known works at the same time. There’s so much going on in a lot of these paintings, I found myself focusing on singular details and appreciating them as interesting compositions in their own right. Below are four details from some of these paintings … do you recognize any of them based on these fragments?

4 details of famous paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I’d guess that chances are pretty good that these details are obscure-enough that you won’t recognize them unless you’re a serious art history buff. So here’s the full paintings below, set in the same positions as the details above. Clockwise from top left: Giovanni Battista Moroni, “Bartolommeo Bonghi,” circa 1553; Bronzino, “Portrait of a Young Man,” circa 1530; Abraham Bloemaert, “Moses Striking the Rock,” 1596; and Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, “Hercules and Achelous,” 1590.

A look at some European Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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