We approach the challenging problem of discovering influences between painters based on their fine-art paintings. In this work, we focus on comparing paintings of two painters in terms of visual similarity. This comparison is fully automatic and based on computer vision approaches and machine learning. We investigated different visual features and similarity measurements based on two different metric learning algorithm to find the most appropriate ones that follow artistic motifs. We evaluated our approach by comparing its result with ground truth annotation for a large collection of fine-art paintings.