10 Times You Can’t Believe Someone Painted This

When I look at the details of paintings, I sometimes really can’t believe someone made it with paint and a brush. I imagine trying to make something like it myself… but no. And then I’m even more amazed by the skills of these painters back in the days.

See these 10 examples with impressive realistic details from various paintings made between the 15th and 19th century.

Click on the image if you want to see the entire paintings!


  1. Rembrandt van Rijn – Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Maria Trip, 1639. Oil on Panel.
  2. Rogier van der Weyden – The Descent from the Cross, 1435. Oil on panel.
  3. Gerard ter Borch – Woman Reading a Letter,  1662. Oil on canvas.
  4. Hans Holbein the Younger – Portrait of Sir Thomas More, Oil on panel.
  5. Peter Krafft – Portrait of Maria Karolina, 1817. Oil on canvas.
  6. Albrecht Dürer – Hare, 1502. Aquarel and gouache on paper.
  7. Gabriël Metsu – Man Writing a Letter, 1665. Oil on panel.
  8. Rodrigo de Villandrando – Isabel de Borbón, 1620. Oil on canvas.
  9. Pieter Claesz – Still Life with a Turkey Pie, 1627. Oil on panel.
  10. Jan and Hubert van Eyck – The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, 1432. Oil on panel.

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