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Even though these days going to museums is hardly a favorite pastime of millions, it would be redundant to expound on the stratum of art represented by the likes of the fine paintings below. We assume that most of you should appreciate the immense contribution of these mighty wizards of the brush and easel to art in general as well as the art of depicting female forms. Starting with the classics the transformation of the female image gravitated towards perfection, and, seemingly, nothing augured ill...

XV century
Memling, Hans
Memling, Hans
Raphael
Raphael
Cranach, Lucas
Cranach, Lucas
XVI century
Durer, Albrecht
Durer, Albrecht
Tintoretto
Tintoretto
Giorgione
Giorgione
XVII century
Guido Cagnacci
Guido Cagnacci
Rubens
Rubens
Rembrandt
Rembrandt
XVIII century
Goya
Goya
Boucher
Boucher
Watteau
Watteau

Links:
http://icom.museum/ - is the international organisation of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world's natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.

http://www.paris.org/Musees/ - Museums of paris is a guide for the parisians museums.

http://www.aboutflorence.com/museums-in-Florence.html - Museums of Florence. List of Museums in the Florence's province.

http://www.louvre.fr/ - Louvre. "Open to all since 1793": From the outset, the Louvre has embodied the concept of a truly "universal" institution. Universal in the scope of its collections, it is also universal in its appeal to some 6 million visitors every year: a 21st-century museum rooted in 200 years of innovation.

http://www.metmuseum.org/ - The Metropolitan Museum of Art Web site features information on upcoming museum events, fine art exhibits, special exhibitions, the Met collection and art galleries online.

http://www.moma.org/ - The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Our mission is helping you understand and enjoy the art of our time.

http://www.dhm.de - The german Historical Museum. Enlightenment and communication are the central precepts of the conception, which also states: The museum shall in particular strive to help the citizens of our country to gain a clear idea of who they are as Germans and Europeans, as inhabitants of a region and members of a worldwide civilization.

http://www.museodelprado.es/en/ - The Prado Museum is a museum and art gallery located in Madrid, the capital of Spain. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection.

http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/ - The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture situated in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums of the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852.

http://www.tretyakovgallery.ru/en/ - The State Tretyakov Gallery is an art gallery in Moscow, Russia, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world. The gallery's history starts in 1856 when the Moscow merchant Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov acquired works by Russian artists of his day with the aim of creating a collection, which might later grow into a museum of national art. In 1892, Tretyakov presented his already famous collection to the Russian nation.

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/ - London contemporary art gallery. The Saatchi Gallery presents The Triumph of Painting.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/ - The Exploratorium: a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco. Our site provides interactive online exhibits and exhibitions, activities, Webcasts, and more.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/ - The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the Victoria and Albert Museum is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose - the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.

http://www.museum.ru/gmii/ - The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum of European art in Moscow, located in Volkhonka street, just opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The museum's name is misleading, as it has nothing to do with the famous Russian poet. It was founded by professor Ivan Tsvetaev.

http://www.rusmuseum.ru/ - The Russian Museum is the first state museum of the Russian fine art in the country. It was established in 1895 in St Petersburg under the decree of the Emperor Nicholas II. Grand opened for visitors on March 19 (March 7, the Old Style) 1898. The Russian Museum today is a unique depository of artistic treasures, a famous restoration centre, an authoritative institute of academic research, one of the major cultural and educational centres, research and methodological centre of art museums of the Russian Federation, overseeing activities of 260 art museums of Russia.

http://www.khm.at/nocache/en/khm-home/ - The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstrasse, crowned with an octagonal dome, is one of the premier museums of fine arts and decorative arts in the world. The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building. It was visited by 619.318 people in 2007. It was opened in 1891 at the same time as the Naturhistorisches Museum, by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. The two museums have identical exteriors and face each other across Maria-Theresien-Platz. Both buildings were built between 1872 and 1891 according to plans drawn up by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer. The two Ringstrasse museums were commissioned by the Emperor in order to find a suitable shelter for the Habsburgs formidable art collection and to make it accessible to the general public. The fasade was built of sandstone. The building is rectangular in shape, and topped with a dome that is 60 meters high. The inside of the building is lavishly decorated with marble, stucco ornamentations, gold-leaf, and paintings, making it a spectacular work of art in its own right.