Themes in Art

Tronie

A type of painting that illustrates an exaggerated facial expression or a commonly-known character—angels, beggars, old people, farmers or jesters. Common in Dutch Golden Age painting and Flemish Baroque painting. The most famous tronie is undoubtedly Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel, Judith Leyster

A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel Judith Leyster, 1635

A Card Player, Judith Leyster

A Card Player Judith Leyster, 1630

Boy with a cat, red hat and a piece of bread, Judith Leyster

Boy with a cat, red hat and a piece of bread Judith Leyster, 1630

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer, 1665

Jolly Toper, Judith Leyster

Jolly Toper Judith Leyster, 1629

The Man with the Golden Helmet, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Man with the Golden Helmet Rembrandt van Rijn, 1650

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