John William Waterhouse

1849 - 1917

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John William Waterhouse (baptised 6 April 1849 – 10 February 1917) was an English painter known for working first in the Academic style and for then embracing the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's style and subject matter. His paintings are known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend. A high proportion depict a single young and beautiful woman in a historical costume and setting, though there are some ventures into Orientalist painting and genre painting, still mostly featuring women. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John William Waterhouse has received more than 1,741,231 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia. John William Waterhouse is the 206th most popular painter (down from 187th in 2019), the 710th most popular biography from Italy (down from 650th in 2019) and the 56th most popular Italian Painter.

John William Waterhouse is most famous for his paintings of mythological and biblical scenes.

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Among painters, John William Waterhouse ranks 206 out of 2,023Before him are Quentin Matsys, Francesco Guardi, Gerhard Richter, Raoul Dufy, Aristide Maillol, and Joaquín Sorolla. After him are Alexandre Cabanel, John Everett Millais, Georgia O'Keeffe, Dieric Bouts, Paul Delvaux, and Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

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Among people born in 1849, John William Waterhouse ranks 9Before him are Muhammad Abduh, August von Mackensen, Édouard-Henri Avril, Felix Klein, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Bernhard von Bülow. After him are Alfred von Tirpitz, Sergei Witte, Bertha Benz, Nogi Maresuke, John Ambrose Fleming, and Blanche Monnier. Among people deceased in 1917, John William Waterhouse ranks 14Before him are Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Emil von Behring, Adolf von Baeyer, Edward Burnett Tylor, Emil Theodor Kocher, and Buffalo Bill. After him are Dragutin Dimitrijević, Franz Brentano, Scott Joplin, Ludwig Minkus, Ranavalona III, and Hussein Kamel of Egypt.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, John William Waterhouse ranks 710 out of 5,161Before him are Pope Stephen V (850), Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia (1759), Pope Theodore II (840), Britannicus (41), Claudia Octavia (40), and Quintus Sertorius (-126). After him are Cassiodorus (487), Angela Merici (1474), Renata Tebaldi (1922), Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896), Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily (1772), and Ludovico Einaudi (1955).

Among PAINTERS In Italy

Among painters born in Italy, John William Waterhouse ranks 56Before him are Benozzo Gozzoli (1420), Domenichino (1581), Giulio Romano (1499), Pietro da Cortona (1596), Pisanello (1395), and Francesco Guardi (1712). After him are Rosso Fiorentino (1494), Luca Giordano (1634), Agostino Carracci (1557), Lorenzo Lotto (1480), Lorenzo di Credi (1459), and Jacopo Bellini (1396).