At the Colosseum by the British painter Harold Hume Piffard (1895-1938). Piffard depicts here an elegant Roman noblewoman watching comfortly the bloody spectacle below. A well constucted contrast indeed.
Samson and Delilah engraving by the French artist Paul Gustave Doré (1832–1883) from the illustrated Bible (1866). Obviously Samson is explaing the importance of his long hair. Poor fool.
When I did my Gap Year in Israel in 1966, my rather elderly landlord had WW1 photos of triumphant Australian soldiers all across the walls of his dining room. Since the landlord had been a young child in 1917 and never spoke a single...Show More Summary
Joaquín Crespo at Los Colorados battle (1893) by the Venezuelan painter Arturo Michelena (1863-1898). With this battle General Crespo decided 1884 a civil war and became president of Venezuela.Though nothing special, it's interesting...Show More Summary
When London’s Tate Gallery asked the French painter Balthus for some personal details to include in a 1968 retrospective exhibition, Balthus replied via telegram: “No biographical details. Begin: Balthus is a painter of whom nothing is known. Show More Summary
I lived in London for a few years in the mid 1970s and have revisited every second year for only four weeks at a time. So now it is time to return to the UK!! I need to put my husband back on the Singles’ Market, kiss my elderly parents...Show More Summary
William Charles Piguenit (1836-1914) might have had a grim life in Australia since he was born in Hobart Town to a convict-father who had been transported to the Tasmanian penal colony. Instead, young William was fortunate that his mother valued education. Show More Summary
A Duel by the Italian painter Ludovico Marchetti (1853-1909). This well done genre painting is obviously strongly influenced by "The Duel After the Masquerade" by French grandmaster Gerome.
Susanna and the Elders by the Italian painter Agostino Carracci (1557-1602). One is already climbing over the balustrade, a real work of action.
A few articles have drawn my mind back to The Second London Exhibition of 1862. The International Exhibition of 1862 was cited by The Victorianist and Alexandra Palace London. And my post references Robert Wilson as my guide for the 1862 London Exhibition. Show More Summary
“Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed/ The dear repose for limbs with travel tired,” William Shakespeare writes in his Sonnet 27. “But then begins a journey in my head/ To work my mind, when body’s work’s expir’d.” Shakespeare knewShow More Summary
It was important for me to read Celebrating the Contemporary Jewish Museum, written by Connie Wolf and published by Rizzoli in 2008. This book tells the story of how the Jessie Street Pacific Gas & Electric Power Substation was built in San Francisco in 1881 and later enlarged twice, in 1883 and 1892. Show More Summary
One of the first words nixed by postgraduate education is “truth.” Amidst all the deconstructing and linguistic acrobatics, “truth” is just too troublesome and old fashioned. So, imagine my surprise to see the title of art historian T.J. Show More Summary
Growing up, I fell in love with Science Fiction watching reruns of Star Trek, the version now known to fans as “The Original Series.” The storylines and (then state of the art) special effects hooked me early on, but it was the interplay between William Shatner’s Captain James T. Show More Summary
Atahuallpa the imprisoned emperor of the Incas promised Pizarro and his conquistadors to fill the whole room with gold. An illustration for the book "The Men Who Found America" (1909) by the American artist Herbert Moore. The desperate emperor is here effectively confronted with the sinister, greedy Spanish. Show More Summary
The German Colony in Jerusalem was established by members of the Temple Society which was founded in Germany in 1858. They soon moved to Palestine to escape religious persecution at home, and to put their religious beliefs into practice: that is, to establish colonies in the Holy Land where they could prepare for Messianic salvation. Show More Summary
Reading Mary Magdalene by the Italian painter Alessandro di Cristofano di Lorenzo del Bronzino Allori (1535-1607). The penitent sinner is studying and in front of her lies a skull reminding the vanity a all material desires.
Ever since writing and lecturing about The Festival of Britain in 1951, I feel I have to go back to see what architecture had been lost (as well as examining what architecture had been gained). We know that Royal Festival Hall, thatShow More Summary
Pilgrims Going To Church (1867) by the Anglo-American painter George Henry Boughton (1834-1905). Boughton painted here the famous Pilgrim Fathers in their best clothes but also well armed indicating that they were well aware of living in a dangerous new world.
This year’s incoming class of college students were born in 1995, making them 6 years old when the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001. In a few years, first-year college students will have little to no memory of the “day...Show More Summary