Famous Oil Painting Location Photos Then and Now

Famous oil painting locations, THEN AND NOW. See actual present day locations, that inspired artists to set up their easel and paint their famous oil paintings. We traveled the globe, find the spots the painters were at and photographed it as it looks today. Compare side by side photos of the original work of art and present-day images. As you look at Then and Now photo comparisons, we will point out any strange inconsistencies. How true were the artists to the actual scenes they painted? You can see yourself how accurate or creative the artists were in their depictions.

Then and Now, celebrated artworks and their real locations photos might inspire you to look at art a new way. You will see that some places are rather ordinary, nothing special, but they were able to make them into extraordinary works of art. By comparing the actual settings with the artwork, you will see what they saw 100, 200, 300 years ago. Enjoy our collection of notable oil paintings and their true life locations.

Achenbach, Oswald — Oswald Achenbach Market Square in Amalfi

Oswald Achenbach Market Square in Amalfi

Market Square in Amalfi Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

This painting was done in 1876. It does resemble the present day facade because the front exterior was modified in 1891 after the first one caved in.

It is of striped marble and stone with open arches that have lace detailing not found in Italian sacred architecture while the tiled dome is quite common among churches of the area.

Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea/Duomo di Amalfi) is a ninth century Roman Catholic structure in the Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi, Italy. It is dedicated to the Apostle Saint Andrew. Of Arab-Norman Romanesque architectural style, it has been redesigned several times, adding Romanesque, Byzantine, Gothic, and Baroque elements. The cathedral includes the adjoining ninth century Basilica of the Crucifix.

The newer cathedral was built alongside to the older basilica that was built on the remains of a previous temple. The remaining of St. Andrew were supposedly brought to Amalfi from Constantinople in 1206 during the Fourth Crusade by Cardinal Peter of Capua in 1208.

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Achenbach, Oswald — Oswald Achenbach Triumphal Arch In Rome

Oswald Achenbach Triumphal Arch In Rome

Arch of Constantine Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, arranged between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was raised by the Roman Senate to recognize Constantine I's triumph over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the most recent of the current triumphal arches in Rome, and the only one to make extensive use of spolia, re-utilizing a few noteworthy reliefs from second-century imperial monuments, which give a striking and expressive difference to the figures recently made for the arch.

The arch spans the Via Triumphalis, the way taken by the emperors when they entered the city in triumph. This route started at the Campus Martius, driven through the Circus Maximus, and around the Palatine Hill; promptly after the Arch of Constantine, the parade would turn left at the Meta Sudans and march along the Via Sacra to the Forum Romanum and on to the Capitoline Hill, passing both the Arches of Titus and Septimius Severus.

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Bierstadt, Albert — Albert Bierstadt Roman Fish Market, The Arch of Octavius

Albert Bierstadt Roman Fish Market, The Arch of Octavius

The Porticus Octaviae Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

It is hard to find the right photo for the position of this painting, as most photos are taken from the front, showing the columns to the left of the arch. But the painting was actually done from the right side arch which 1. Is lower than the main arch and more in line with the scale of his arch in comparison to people and 2. Since the painting, you can see two arches with buildings on the right side extending past the second arch, this arch on the right side of the main portico is the only place he could have painted this oil painting from.

The Porticus Octaviae

The structure was built in 27 BC by Augustus for the sake of his sister, Octavia Minor, in place of the Porticus Metelli. It burned in 80 AD and was restored, by Domitian, and again after another fire in 203 AD by Septimius Severus and Caracalla. It was embellished with foreign marble and contained numerous well known of pieces of art, identified in Pliny's ''Natural History''.The structure was harmed by a tremor in 442 AD when two of the devastated columns were replaced with an arched opening which still stands today. The church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria was built in the ruins around 770 AD.

The portico was used as a fish market from the medieval period, and up to the end of the nineteenth century. This role is remembered in the name of the annexed church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria Italian: "the Holy Angel in the Fish Market". It was here also, at the end of the eighteenth century that the Jews were forced on Saturdays to listen to the sermons were given by the Jesuit priests in the hope “Li Giudei” would be converted. It is said that the Jews plugged their ears so as not to hear.

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Brett, John — John Brett Entrance To Yarmouth Harbor

John Brett Entrance To Yarmouth Harbor

Entrance To Yarmouth Harbor Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

Yarmouth is an appealing little town at the western tip of the Isle of Wight, seaward of the South East of England. Everything in Yarmouth is by all accounts on a little scale; small narrow streets nestle against a little castle and a little harbor, and the ferry terminal is actually built against the castle walls. Not much seems to have changed in the ensuing years since this oil painting was made, not even the cloudy sky.

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Cézanne, Paul — Paul Cezanne Gardanne

Paul Cezanne Gardanne

Gardanne Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

This is one of three oil paintings of Gardanne, a small town hill town near Aix-en-Provence, France, where Cézanne stayed in the autumn of 1885 and most of 1886.

The views anticipate Cubism in their restricted colors and faceted forms. As Cezanne progressed with his experimentations in this area, his paintings became more abstract. So, in a way, this is a precursor of a style that had not yet been invented.

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Constable, John — John Constable The Hay Wain

John Constable The Hay Wain

The Hay Wain Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

The Hay Wain was painted in 1821 by John Constable, it was originally titled 'Noon'. The location of the painting is in the village of Flatford Mill, about 60 miles northeast of London. The cart in the center is a Hay Wain. A hay wain is a hay wagon, a wagon was then called a wain and a person who built or fixed them was a Wainwright. So the main subject here is not the cottage or the pond, it's the horse and wagon. As you can see, the charming cottage is still standing, nothing much has changed.

There is another painting, not as famous, called Willy Lotts House The Subject Of Constables Hay Wain by Benjamin Williams Leader.

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Constable, John — John Constable Hadleigh Castle

John Constable Hadleigh Castle

Hadleigh Castle Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

The full title of this artwork is Hadleigh Castle The Mouth Of The Thames Morning After A Stormy Night.

Built after 1215 amid the rule of Henry III by Hubert de Burgh. Hadleigh Castle was significantly extended and redesigned by Edward III, who turned it into a more stupendous property, intended to protect against potential French assault and in addition give the King a convenient and private living arrangement near London.

Built on a geologically precarious slope of London clay, the castle has frequently been subject to subsidence; this, combined with the sale of its stonework in the sixteenth century, has led to it now being ruined.

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Greco, El — El Greco A View of Toledo

El Greco A View of Toledo

A View of Toledo Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

A View of Toledo is among the best-known depictions of the sky in Western art, along with Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night and the landscapes of William Turner and Monet, among others.

Most striking are the unmistakable color contrast between the dark and somber skies above and the shining green slopes beneath. While influenced by the Mannerist style, El Greco's expressive treatment of color and form is without parallel in the history of art.

In this work of art, he takes liberties with the actual design of Toledo seeing that specific building locations are re-arranged. Be that as it may, the area of the Castle of San Servando, on the right, is accurately depicted. This painting already has hints of abstraction, with the city, landscape, and sky being composed of circular patterns.

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Etty, William — William Etty Monk Bar York

William Etty Monk Bar York

Monk Bar, York Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

William Etty painted in 1838 Monk Bar, York one of four oil paintings he did on this subject. By 1826 four of the city gates "Bars" short for Barbicans (a tower over a gate which is used for defensive purposes) had been demolished. In 1832 Etty began a writing campaign to local papers for the preservation of the city walls and the remaining Barbicans, which were planned to be demolished to open up the city, which by now had outgrown itself. Some newspapers were supportive of preservation efforts for the sake of the tourist trade, but the locals, who lived in the walled town with few entry/exit points, wanted the walls and the gates gone. The walls were eventually saved in 1889, and Etty is credited with their salvation.

Everything remains the same as in the painting, the only thing that has disappeared is the house on the right side that was butting up to the gate and obstructing one of the pedestrian walkways.

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Friedrich, Caspar David — Caspar David Friedrich Chalk Cliffs On Rugen

Caspar David Friedrich Chalk Cliffs On Rugen

Chalk Cliffs On Rugen Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

Friedrich wedded Christiane Caroline Bommer in 1818, and on their honeymoon, they visited relatives in Neubrandenburg and Greifswald. From there, the couple went on a trip to the island of Rugen with Friedrich's brother Christian. Chalk Cliffs on Rügen was painted the same year to celebrate the couple's union. Although the trees and sea are expertly painted, the focus is on the height of the cliffs and the viewer is forced with a slight case of vertigo, to get closer and want to look over.

Rügen, together with the Danish island of Møn on the most distant side of Rügen in the Baltic Sea and the region around Dover in England, once were a large chalk plateau, which had been pushed by to the earth's surface by tectonic plate movements. The vast majority of this white chalk cliff land mass has since disappeared as a result of erosion and landslides.

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