Grab a cup of tea and enjoy some eye candy this month. (Pretend you've actually taken the time to drive downtown--wherever that is--to visit your local art museum. But so you don't have to, I'm sharing wonderful art finds with you in the comfort of your own home.) I love how so much of classical art is centered around the "greatest story ever told," the most important events in history--the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
All of the following are from The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, which is housed in a beautiful building. Drivers going through Dayton on I675 get a perfect view of it.
(Click on the images, below, to get a larger view.)
THE HOLY FAMILY
attributed to Michelangelo Anselmi
Ital., First half of sixteenth century
Painted on a piece of leather covered with metal foil
JUDITH WITH THE HEAD OF HOLOFERNES
Carlo Saraceni (1579-1620) Oil on Canvas
Judith as conqueress was a popular theme for painters. Check out this page for more august renderings of this momentous event in ancient Israel's history. (A BBC website says this painting is in Sheffield, England. They must have old information. The Dayton piece says, "Purchased with funds provided by the Five Twenty Five something or other." so either that BBC website has old information, or--horrors--somebody has a forgery, ha!)
William Adolphe Bouguereau, French, (1835-1905)
My delight knew no bounds when I came upon this painting in our own Dayton Museum! Bouguereau is one of my favorite artists, after Monet, Mary Cassatt, and other impressionists.
I didn't capture a photo of the name of this painting and a quick online look failed to reveal it. It is unmistakable as his work, however, as you can see from other of his works on this page. Interestingly, I have a niece with a face remarkably similar to the girl in this portrait (and in many of his works). She has the face of perfect Victorian beauty.
THE ANGEL APPEARING BEFORE THE SHEPHERDS, 1870
Thomas Buchanan Read, American, (1822-1872)
Oil on Canvas
Read was a Cincinnati, Ohio, native, since the age of 10 until his death.
LAKE EDEN, VERMONT, 1944
Grandma Moses, American (1860-1961)
Oil on Pressed Wood
ADORATION OF THE MAGI
Giuseppe Cesari, Ital. 1506-1641
MADONNA IN HER MATERNITY
William O. Partridge
1892? (poor photo, sorry!)
William's wife served as the model
PORTRAIT OF MACHTELD VAN DER GRAEFF, 1641
Jacob Willemsz Delff
Dutch (1619-1661), Oil on Wood Panel
BLISSFUL HOURS, 1885
Samuel Richards, (1853-1893) American"A native of Indiana, Richards painted this image in Munich, Germany and described its sentimental subject matter, typical of many late 19th-century works, in a letter: 'It represents a Village maiden musing over her approaching wedding, busy with the last touches upon her bridal dress; you can see by the fresh-made tea placed upon the table, and the chair placed near that she is waiting for her lover who will come now any moment...'"
I would not have guessed any of the above! Would you?
Below are two close-ups of this beautiful painting:
How obvious! (In hindsight, anyway.) The cup awaiting the lover!
So there you have an eclectic mix of styles and subject matter. Next month, I'll post more photos from this same museum--these with one thing in common, and which makes them special to this regency writer's heart: They are all either late Georgian or Regency era! Be sure to stop by on April 20th!
Do you love art? Who is your favorite painter or painters?
Linore Rose Burkard is best known for Christian Regency novels with Harvest House Publishers, and now also writes YA/Suspense as L.R.Burkard. Linore teaches workshops for writers with Greater Harvest Workshops in Ohio, is a mother of five, and still homeschools her youngest daughter—preferably with coffee in one hand, and iPad in the other. For free PDFs subscribe to Linore's mailing list at either of her websites.
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