Ben Higbie
8 hours ago

Here's a replica I did several years back of van Gogh's 'The Ravine'; it is shown below all framed up and hanging on the wall in the home of the buyer in Utah. If you have any favorite paintings that u'd like a handmade copy made of, please let me know, Id love to make something for you! #art #arts #artist #artists #artlover #commissions #commissionsopen #commissionsavailable #commissionswelcome #artistsonmastodon #artistsofmastodon #painting #paintings #arthistory #artmarket #artforsale #artnet

painting of river running through mountains, looking down, the mountains are grey and brown with some blue, the brush strokes are very visible

On the left, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as el Greco (1541-1614), The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest, c. 1580, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. On the right, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Portrait of a man in a ruff, after el Greco, 1962, linoleum cut. #arthistory

From the Prado: “The sitter, who is aged around 30, is dressed according to Spanish fashion of the late 1570s, with a narrow, white ruff that reaches up behind his ears and frames his head. Standing out against his tight-fitting, black silk doublet are his right hand, resting on his breast, and the gilded hilt of his sword. The way that the left arm is bent suggests the he is holding and presenting the sheathed weapon with his left hand, which is invisible to the viewer. The figure is outlined against a plain background of a pearly grey tone modulated by the reddish-brown of the preparatory layer beneath, which is visible on the surface… The inclusion of the costly sword, the solemn and rhetorical gesture of the right hand… the half-hidden medallion that he wears and above all,  the direct relationship established between sitter and viewer, have made this figure an iconic image of the Castilian and by extension the Spanish knight.”
A linocut print  inspired by el Greco. The style is somewhat abstracted, almost cartoony.
History of Art
10 hours ago

Cupid's Hunting Fields (1880) by Edward Burne-Jones.
This piece is a fascinating combination of painting and sculpture. The technique, in which gesso is built up on a flat panel to create a relief image and then decorated with oil and gold paint, is quite unusual. The combination of media is reflective of the close relationship between fine and decorative arts fostered by the Arts and Crafts Movement.

#art #ArtHistory #MastoArt #antiquity #mythology

A blindfolded Cupid shoots arrows at his female quarry.
Cultura Nova
17 hours ago

"A Fanciful History of Fairies in Art, From Renaissance Depictions to Romantic Shakespearean Visions."

We trace these magical, miniature beings through centuries of art and culture.

#Culture #Art #ArtHistory #Fairies

Richard Dadd, Titania Sleeping (1841). 

A painting. The focus is on four white women, mostly undressed. One of them lying on her side, the other three standing or sitting around and looking at her, They are standing in front a cave. Its entrance is covered by very small, naked creatures with flowers as a hat and bigbell flowers. Other semi-naked white people are dancing on the left side of the painting. The sky is dark blue and it has some stars. On th eground, some flower and some mushrooms. 
Around the painting an arc made of golden bats make some kind of frame.
History of Art
1 day ago

October 01 - the birthday of Nicolaes Berchem (1620-1683) - a highly esteemed and prolific #Dutch Golden Age painter. He was a member of the second generation of "Dutch Italianate landscape" painters. These were artists who traveled to Italy, or aspired to, in order to soak up the romanticism of the country, bringing home sketchbooks full of drawings of classical ruins and pastoral imagery.

#arthistory #ArtistBirthday #art

View of an Italian Port (early 1660s) by Nicolaes Berchem.
In this scene, Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem captures both the beauty of the Italian landscape and the cool, crystalline light that imbues it with its distinctive atmospheric quality. Towering cliffs, surmounted by a round bastion and a sturdy tower, form the dramatic backdrop for the arrival of a Dutch merchant ship in a calm harbor. The galley with the furled sail lies tilted to one side, indicating that it is low tide. Two lighters—small wide-bottom barges used to ferry goods to ships anchored in deeper water—seem to await the Dutch ship’s arrival. A hunting party joins several cattlemen and goatherds at the water’s edge. The elegant couple on horseback is focused on the falcon airing its wings on the woman’s arm. The man with the staff standing next to the pair is likely the master of the hunt, the individual in charge of the dogs.

My art history theme for October: the Renaissance. Michelangelo’s Giuliano de' Medici, sculpted 1526–1534, seen here in a detail, inspired Salvador Dalí‘s oil painting from 1982, collection Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí. Great artists learn from great artists. #arthistory

A very idealised portrait of Giuliano de' Medici, in off-white marble.
A Surrealist painting showing the head of Michelangelo’s sculpture of Giuliano de' Medici. A landscape in the background. We see part of it through the portrait, that part lush and green, while the rest of the landscape is more desert, with rocks and two small figures.
Dave Burdick in Denver ☕
2 days ago

Are there major (I know even this qualification is challenging; I'll take whatever interpretation) western U.S. landscape painters whose works are not so tied to such erasure?


Jan Adam Kruseman was the leading society painter of the Dutch Romantic period. The women he portrayed belonged to the rich classes who were able to follow the Parisian fashions. He painted their fashionable hairstyles, hats, shawls and accessories in minute detail. Though this seems almost mocking now, it wasn't at the time. This painting is currently on view at Kunsthal Rotterdam.

Jan Adam Kruseman
Portrait of a Lady
#boijmans #arthistory #culture #museum #rotterdam

"...the faces of the guests and the prominent piper are so authentic that one could recognise similarly real characters passing by on a modern street..."

in the latest article for Signifier, Kim Vertue takes us back in time to a peasant wedding of 1567 & considers what was so radical about Bruegel's masterpiece

#art #arthistory #history #painting #Renaissance

painting by Bruegel showing a lively wedding feast in a barn, two men in the foreground bring in bowls of food using a door as a big tray, pipers play for the guests who are seated at a long table (more details are described in the linked-to article)

I love 'Moose' by Kirsty Elson; she creates art by upcycling driftwood & other found materials (circulated by #WomensArt at the other place)... but it also reveals the enduring influence of #Picasso's bicycle bull.


Moose sculpture (head) with garden rake as hors/antlers, wooden spoons as ears on a bit of driftwood (like a long face) and bottle tops(?) for eyes
A bulls head made from a cycle seat, the head & the (simple) simple handle bars as the horns

Ben Shahn (American, 1898-1969), Untitled (Study for Ecclesiastes), watercolor and ink on paper laid down on paper, 12 3/4 x 10 in. (32.4 x 25.4 cm.), sold at auction, Christie’s New York, in 2016 for $2,000. A quote from the artist: “if we are to have values, a spiritual life, a culture, these things must find their imagery and their interpretation through the arts." #arthistory

Three heads representing youth, middle age, and old age. Beneath the heads are 3 animal heads. In the center a Lion, on each side a canine of some kind. Wolf? Coyote? Dog?
History of Art
3 days ago

September 29 - the birthday of Tintoretto (1518-1594) - great Italian Mannerist painter of the Venetian school and one of the most important artists of the late Renaissance. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso ("The Furious").

#arthistory #ArtistBirthday #art

Dispute of Jesus among the doctors of the Temple (1545).
The painting depicts an episode narrated in the Gospel of Luke (2,41-50). Twelve-year-old Jesus spent time in the temple of Jerusalem with the doctors of the Law, without the knowledge of his parents who found him after three days. The huge book in the foreground, in which a doctor anxiously seeks security, the perplexed questioning of those who look at each other in silence, the decomposition of others in tormented gestures are just as many echoes of the moral turmoil brought about by the son of God.
History of Art
3 days ago

September 29 - the birthday of Caravaggio (1571-1610) - an Italian painter active in Rome for most of his artistic life. Arrogant, rebellious and a murderer, Caravaggio's short and tempestuous life matched the drama of his works. Characterized by their dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio's paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters all over Europe.

#arthistory #ArtistBirthday #art #history

Supper at Emmaus (1601). The painting depicts the moment when the resurrected but incognito Jesus reveals himself to two of his disciples (presumed to be Luke and Cleopas) in the town of Emmaus, only to soon vanish from their sight (Gospel of Luke 24: 30–31). Cleopas wears the scallop shell of a pilgrim. The other apostle wears torn clothes. Cleopas gesticulates in a perspectively-challenging extension of arms in and out of the frame of reference. The standing groom, forehead smooth and face in the darkness, appears oblivious to the event.
Harald Klinke
3 days ago

„Does Data Science Enrich Art History?“
Together with Clarisse Bardiot, I will discuss this question on 17th November 2023.

#ArtHistory #DigitalArtHistory #ComputationalMethods #AcademicDialogue #DataScience #CulturalDataScience

History of Art
4 days ago

September 29 - the birthday of François Boucher (1703-1770) - a French painter who worked in the #Rococo style. Boucher is known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories, and pastoral scenes. He was perhaps the most celebrated painter and decorative artist of the 18th century.

#arthistory #ArtistBirthday #vintage #art #painting

Allegory of Painting (1765) by François Boucher.
A young woman draws on an oval surface with white chalk while three winged, baby-like putti gather nearby, all on a bank of pale pink clouds.
Cultura Nova
4 days ago

"How Did German Expressionism Change The History of Cinema?"

German Expressionism was the angsty, stylized, and intense postwar cinema of Weimar Germany. The nightmarish shadows and innovative compositions revolutionized filmmaking forever.

#Culture #Art #ArtHistory #Cinema #Expressionism #GermanExpressionism #Film #FilmHistory #CinemaHistory

Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1920, via IMDB.

A black and white screenshot. A small room with a small window and a door in the back wall and a lamp.
A man sitting in a wooden chest with white and black make up. At his side, a man leaning towards hum. He is wearing a top hat a black suit and seemingly a white shirt.
History of Art
5 days ago

Impression, Sunrise (1872) by Claude Monet.
The painting first shown at what would become known as the "Exhibition of the Impressionists" in Paris in April, 1874. The painting is credited with inspiring the name of the #Impressionist movement. Monet claimed that he titled the painting due to his hazy painting style: "They asked me for a title for the catalogue, it couldn't really be taken for a view of Le Havre, and I said: 'Put Impression.'"

#art #ArtHistory #sunrise

The painting depicts the port of Le Havre at sunrise, the two small rowboats in the foreground and the red Sun being the focal elements. In the middle ground, more fishing boats are included, while in the background on the left side of the painting are clipper ships with tall masts. Behind them are other misty shapes that "are not trees but smokestacks of pack boats and steamships, while on the right in the distance are other masts and chimneys silhouetted against the sky." In order to show these features of industry, Monet eliminated existing houses on the left side of the jetty, leaving the background unobscured.

Not only do I enjoy looking at #aiArt I think that #generativeAI helps me to understand various visual styles. #stablediffusion takes my knowledge of #art and expounds on it; finds the common rhythms in #artHistory and riffs on them.

It does this as I actively participate; adding riffs of my own, creatively collaborating and shaping the vision.

#AI is a learning tool.

History of Art
6 days ago

Lilac Bush (1889) by Vincent van Gogh.
This marvelous work was painted at Saint-Remy, where the artist was undergoing treatment. Van Gogh depicted a lilac bush in the hospital gardens, the broken, separate brushstrokes and vibrant forms recalling the lessons of Impressionism, yet with a spatial dynamism unknown to the Impressionists. This bush is full of powerful, vivid energy and dramatic expression.

#art #arthistory #PostImpressionism #vangogh #lilac

The painting depicts a lilac bush in the garden in the post-impressionist style.
S. Newbery
6 days ago

A long lost painting found, and how it was lost in the first place: “Artemisia was a strong, dynamic and exceptionally talented artist whose female subjects—including Susanna—look at you from their canvases with the same determination to make their voices heard that Artemisia showed in the male-dominated art world of the 17th century [...].”

#art #ArtHistory

Daphna Oren
1 week ago

The Dan David Prize offers up to 9 annual prizes of $300K each to outstanding early/midcareer scholars working in any field related to the human past.

There are just over two weeks left to nominate your amazing colleagues.

Find the simple and concise nomination form at

#histodons #history #arthistory #archaeology

A graphic that says: nominees for the 2024 Dan David Prize can come from any field related to the study of the human past, both within academia and outside it, including: History, art history, anthropology, Paleontology, Digital Humanities, Museums & heritage, public history, curation, archaeology

On a different matter altogether:

I often wonder how #arthistory would have been different if Vasari has been a Venetian?

Famously, Vasari championing Michealngelo, stressed the basis of art in drawing (disegno) while the art tradition dominant in #Venice emphasised its basis in colour (choice & use).

If Vasari has been a Venetian might we have told a different history of art?

Might we have had a different canon?

Or would the identity of the great artists have remained the same?


Ukrainian Artists
1 week ago

Indian Summer by Józef Chełmoński (1849-1914).
Chełmoński’s intention with Indian Summer was to depict the strength of the countryside and the fortitude of its people. The artist had been fascinated with Ukraine from childhood, visiting it on numerous occasions in search of nature untarnished by man.

#Ukraine #art #ArtHistory #Ukrainian #autumn #fall #sun #vintage #BuyIntoArt
#MastoArt #history

In the center of the composition is a country girl dressed in a typical Ukrainian costume. She is lying stretched out in the middle of a pasture holding a string of gossamer up to the wind. We immediately notice the black dog sitting nearby and watching over the herd with his back to the viewer. It is the dog’s diligence that allows the girl to get swept away in her thoughts and wallow in her memories of the fleeting summer. The warm sun drenching the dry grass and the cloudless sky evoke the quiet of a September afternoon. The minute human and animal figures on the horizon accent the vastness of the Ukrainian steppe.

Meanwhile... another Artemisia Gentileschi work has been uncovered (this time at Windsor Castle) - in the wake of the groundbreaking National Gallery exhibition, and the ever growing interest in #ArtemisiaGentileschi her known (and viewable) works keep expanding - rescuers from obscurity & miss-attribution.


History of Art
1 week ago
Winter Dutch landscape with windmills and skaters on the frozen canal.

#ArtHistory is full of stores of the rich amassing collections of #art... so we should not be surprised that #RomanAbramovich (and his ex-wife) have a major collection of contemporary & modern art.

Unfortunately for the public, these works are currently not easily loaned to public exhibitions due to sanctions.

Nevertheless, its an interesting illustration of the way the elite store wealth in #art & gain (some) kudos from its ownership & occasional loan for exhibits(s)

Flipboard Science Desk
2 weeks ago

Art and science entwined: A college course explores the long, interrelated history of two ways of seeing the world.

A professor explains her course "Art & Science from Aristotle to Instagram" for @TheConversationUS

#Science #Art #Academia #College #ArtHistory

This week I've been mainly reading, no. 92.

Hilary Fraser's study Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century: Looking like a Woman (2014), is a great bit of #feminist recovery. Fraser explores how #women in C19th wrote about #art & what it tells us about female creativity 150 years ago. While at times getting slightly bogged down in the detail, overall this is a compelling work of #arthistory that (re)establishes forgotten female voices talking about art & artists


2 weeks ago

I've been into making collages for a long time, usually in my art journals, and I always love seeing other collage work too. Today I came across some amazing work done in the 1850's by John Bingley Garland, who wasn't really known as an artist. Check out these awesome images via the

#art #history #arthistory #publicdomain #collage #collageart

Great artists learn from great artists. On the left, Perseus with the Head of Medusa, bronze sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini (1550-1571) in the Loggia dei Lanzi in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy; on the right, a sketch of Cellini's "Perseus,” by
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), watercolor over graphite on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. #arthistory

Description from Wikipedia: “ The subject matter of the work is the mythological story of Perseus beheading Medusa, a hideous woman-faced Gorgon whose hair had been turned to snakes; anyone who looked at her was turned to stone. Perseus stands naked except for a sash and winged sandals, triumphant on top of the body of Medusa with her head, crowned with writhing snakes, in his raised hand. Blood spews from Medusa's severed neck. The bronze sculpture, in which Medusa's head turns men to stone, is appropriately surrounded by three huge marble statues of men: Hercules, David, and later Neptune.[2] Cellini's use of bronze in Perseus and the head of Medusa, and the motifs he used to respond to the previous sculpture in the piazza, were highly innovative. Examining the sculpture from the back, one can see a self-portrait of the sculptor Cellini on the back of Perseus' helmet.”
A watercolor sketch of a statue of Perseus holding up the head of Medusa. Seen in silhouette.
Ben Higbie
2 weeks ago

'Napoleon at Charlemagne's Throne' by Henri-Paul Motte (b.1846-d.1922) #art #arts #artists #artlover #artlovers #arthistory #history #painting #paintings #artnet #inspiration #artmuseum #artmuseums

Eva Amsen
2 weeks ago

This was such a cool study, I threw out my planned schedule to write about this instead.

Ecologists worked with art historians to find out if it’s possible to study landscape changes by looking at #art from the nineteenth century.

#art #science #ecology #arthistory #environment #nature

Some years ago, I wrote this intending it to be the first part of a deeper & more extensive #arthistory project on the artists' assistant.

Things then got in the way, not least of all retiring & expanded caring responsibilities for my wife... but I'm now seeing a way I could organise myself to start to think about turning this into a book (or book proposal in the first instance).

If you are in #publishing & think its an interesting idea, I'd love to hear from you.


Its really striking how modern Eugene Delacroix was.

Here he is on problem #restorations, in 1854:

They are 'an injury far more to be regretted than the ravages of time, for the result is not a restore picture, but a different picture by the hand fo the [restorer] who substitutes himself for the author the original who has disappeared under his retouching'!

It would take another century for this critique of over-intrusive restoring of #paintings to become common!


In an article (a trailer for her forthcoming #Monet biography), Jackie Wullschlager makes the claim (which sounds plausible, certainly), that he was the only major painter of his time not to paint nude women.

This is an interesting claim, given other major artists around this time (from Courbet before, via Picasso, to Matisse) all did...

This refusal to adopt one of the key subjects in #arthistory, makes me think of Monet a little differently & now I'm eager to read Wullschlager's biography...

Open Art Data
3 weeks ago

Follow up on yesterday's presentation at #OSINTRiggedGame on a Computational approach to detecting looted art,

Here is a link to a brief
Tutorial for
Using custom indicators
to count red flag names and words
and group them
in hundreds or thousands of art provenance texts
in minutes


Donna Yates
3 weeks ago

Naranjo Stela 30: This stolen Maya sculpture was seized by US Authorities when a crate carrying it broke open in the port of Houston. NEW CASE STUDY:

Photo: before and after trafficking. The sculpture was mutilated and broken into pieces to aid in smuggling.

#artcrime #archaeology #mesoamerica #arthistory

An intact Maya stela showing a standing male figure in elaborate regalia. His face is facing to the left and he holds a staff. Maya writing surrounds him.
The same Maya stela, this time lying on the ground and noticeably broken into many small irregular pieces.
History of Art
4 weeks ago

The #landscape #painting "A winter day in the woods of Northern Zealand. A man walking his dog." was created in 1874 by the #Danish painter Anders Andersen-Lundby (1841-1923). North Zealand is a region in #Denmark, in the northeastern part of the island of Zealand. Zealand is home to the capital, Copenhagen, and the city of Roskilde. Small towns and villages occupy the north coast, which is a popular holiday area.

#art #arthistory #Zealand #winter #vintage #countryside

The painting depicts a man walking his dog on a winter evening along a countryside road in the north of the island of Zealand.
History of Art
4 weeks ago

A Calm at a Mediterranean Port (1770) by French artist Claude-Joseph Vernet. In brilliant detail, the painter captured the gorgeous weather and leisurely activities of a day by the sea.

#art #arthistory #marine #mediterranean #port #vintage #calm #sunset #painting #lighthouse

Fishermen clean the day's catch on a stone pier while several people chat nearby, one of them pointing toward the large ship in the bay. Meanwhile, a man sits and smokes his pipe, the tobacco glowing a bright red. A cumulus cloud, perhaps the remnant of a distant storm, towers to the left of the setting sun. Warm tones of yellow, orange, and red predominate, suggesting a hazy sunset after a bright day.
History of Art
1 month ago

September 5 - the birthday of Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) - a #German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his allegorical landscapes, which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees, or Gothic ruins.

#arthistory #ArtistBirthday #Germany #art #MastoArt

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) by Caspar David Friedrich. The painting depicts a man standing upon a rocky precipice with his back to the viewer; he is gazing out on a landscape covered in a thick sea of fog through which other ridges, trees, and mountains pierce, which stretches out into the distance indefinitely.
It has been considered one of the masterpieces of the Romantic movement and one of its most representative works.
History of Art
1 month ago

“The Red Vineyard” by Vincent van Gogh depicts workers in a vineyard, and it is the only painting van Gogh sold during his lifetime. This painting was painted two weeks after Gauguin arrived in Arles and moved in with Van Gogh. Van Gogh was excited by his idea of starting an artists’ colony. Gauguin’s colorful works inspired Van Gogh to use more colors for this painting, which he continued to do in his later works.

#art #arthistory #autumn #fall #VanGogh #colorful

The painting depicts a vineyard, whose colors were turning to autumnal reds and yellows. Van Gogh uniquely captured the mellowed tones and glistening light of the evening sun reflecting in the river and the autumn fields.
Ukrainian Artists
1 month ago

This painting of Oleksandr Bohomazov (1880-1930) belongs to the cycle dedicated to the sawyers' work. Teaching as a professor at the Kyiv Institute of Plastic Arts, Bohomazov developed his own art theory. In his work Painting and Elements, he explains the artistic value of the independence of elements, such as the designated characteristics of the embodiment of the artist’s emotions and pensive thoughts

#art #history #arthistory #Ukraine #Ukrainian #BuyIntoArt #MastoArt

Colorful avant-garde painting by Oleksandr Bohomazov featuring the work of sawyers.
1 month ago

Did you know that #pink wasn't always pink?

Prior to the 17th century, English people thought of pink as a shade of greenish yellow. It was won by boiling buckthorn berries.

It was only when carnations became a popular #flower that the idea that pink is a very light shade of #red, shifted.

#art #arthistory #history

This is a photo of a book that shows "pink" as it was known prior to the 17 century.

It shows three colour swatches. There is writing on top, but it is in Dutch.

The swatches feature three tones of a greenish yellow colour, descending from darkest to lightest.

The upper shade is that of urine of a very dehydrated person.

The second shade is that of summer wheat.

The third is the colour of flax.
History of Art
1 month ago

August 21 - the birthday of Asher Brown Durand (1796-1886) - the acknowledged dean of American landscape painters following the death of Thomas Cole, he exemplified the fresh ideal of naturalism for the second-generation painters that came to be called the Hudson River School.

#arthistory #ArtistBirthday

Landscape painting featuring meticulously rendered beech and basswood trees.
History of Art
1 month ago

August 19 - the birthday of Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) - a French painter who was a member and patron of the #Impressionists, although he painted in a more realistic manner than many others in the group.

#art #ArtHistory #France #French #ArtistBirthday #paris #vintage

This complex intersection, just minutes away from the Saint-Lazare train station, represents in microcosm the changing urban milieu of late nineteenth-century Paris.

Here's an interesting thought from the Journal of Eugene Delacroix:

'What moves me of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough'!

(Saturday, 10th May 1824; Phaidon 3rd Edition, 1995)


Sylvia Sleigh's white male ‘Harem’ #painting titled 'The Turkish Bath' (1973) included her husband.

As a direct critique/response to Ingres' work of the same name (which included a naked portrait of his young wife), its right on the #feminist point...

Sleigh herself remains one of a number of female #artists who have been often been ignored by a male-oriented #arthistory

a promised new monograph (as yet still delayed) may well put the record straight!


Painting of six naked men sitting around (lounging) with an oriental carpet i the background, and once recline (in a Venus like pose) in the foreground
History of Art
2 months ago

August 11 - the birthday of Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714-1789) - the leading French landscape painter of the later 18th century. He achieved great celebrity with his #marine paintings. He was also one of the century's most accomplished painters of tempests and moonlight scenes. "Others may know better", he said, with just pride, "how to paint the sky, the earth, the ocean; no one knows better than I how to paint a picture".

#arthistory #ArtistBirthday #vintage #tranquil

A Landscape at Sunset (1773) by Claude-Joseph Vernet shows an imaginary harbor as fishermen return with their catch on a tranquil summer evening.
History of Art
2 months ago

August 10 - the birthday of William Harnett (1848-1892) - an #American #painter considered one of the premier trompe l'oeil (French for 'deceive the eye' - a highly realistic optical illusion of 3-dimensional space and objects on a 2-dimensional surface) painters of the 19th century. In his works, everything is rendered highly realistically, right down to the smallest details.

#arthistory #ArtistBirthday #StillLife #vintage #MastoArt #music #literature #books

The painting shows many of the objects in Music and Literature. These include tattered and stained sheets of music, books with worn leather covers, and a brass candlestick that appears to reflect the light. However, there is more to this painting than pure showmanship and mere artistic dexterity. The art forms of music and literature aid in preserving the past; therefore, Harnett specifically included the early 17th-century novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Spanish, 1547–1616) and the sheet music from the more recent opera La Traviata, composed in 1853 by Giuseppe Verdi (Italian, 1813–1901). Both, however, are worn with age, as are the other elements of the composition. The flute is cracked, and the candle almost completely burned down. All of these details add a note of melancholy to the painting, reminding us of the inevitable passage of time.
2 months ago

This week's ThreadTalk goes back to the early 15th century, the turn of the late Middle Ages into the beginning of the Renaissance.

More pointedly, it's a discussion about a series of portraits of Charles VII's official mistress, Agnès Sorel, and her most prized assets.

#history #arthistory #medieval


A portrait of an exceptionally pale woman wearing a crown, one breast bared, with the Baby Jesus on her lap. Her dress is blue, her brow plucked, and there are orange angels behind her throne.
Preston MacDougall
2 months ago

It’s not #art per se, but if #SciArt is in the eye 👁️ of the differential geometrist (or the Art Historian), then here’s something for #SciArtPortfolioWeek 👉
#Chemistry #B12 #Histodons #ArtHistory

A computer simulation of a molecule of vitamin B12 doing a pirouette, using volume-rendering of the Laplacian of the total electron density.

Hello! I'm Jonathan.

Although I've lived in the USA for many years, I'm a Brit who doesn't want to take US citizenship. I liked living in France but have to stay in America. I miss the NHS!

Soft left politics, still enraged about Brexit, worried that Starmer is being overcautious.

Books I've enjoyed recently:
- Junichiro Tanizaki "The Makioka Sisters"
- David Andress "The Terror"
- Raymond Chandler "The Big Sleep"

Atheist with an interest in religion.

I drink huge quantities of builder's tea, but treat myself to Darjeeling from time to time.

I also enjoy Campari, IPAs, and White Horse whisky.

Favourite food: quiche lorraine, Central Texas barbecue, smoked salmon. I miss roast lamb, Aero, and Bovril on toast.

#UKPolitics #USPolitics #FrenchPolitics #History #Philosophy #Literature #CarFree #MassTransit #Libraries #ArtHistory #LowTech #FlipPhones #ClassicalMusic #Kpop #Tea

History of Art
2 months ago

Haymaking at Eragny (1901) by Danish-French #Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (1830-1903).
In 1884 Pissarro and his family moved to Éragny. This would be his principal place of residence until his death in 1903 and an ideal setting for his paintings of #rural labor and the harvest. His careful arrangement of figures into repeated poses creates a balanced rhythm of line and form across the canvas

#arthistory #impressionism #countryside #France

Impressionist painting by Camille Pissarro depicts village women harvesting.

An aside on #auctions & the value of #art.

Its often asserted that an auction sets the value of a work of art, by ensuring the person who values it most (and of course has the ability to pay) buys the work.

But, (and of course this is a bit of a technicality) what an auction actually demonstrates is the value that the under-bidder values the work at (and is not prepared to pay above);

we cannot know, without further competing bids how much the 'winning' bidder might have paid.


I think this definitely qualifies as art: Nijmegen cavalry helmet, second half of the first century, an iron mask sheathed in bronze and silver, Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Probably worn for ceremonial occasions, although experts disagree. #arthistory #archeology

A Roman calvary face mask, including a hinged top with figures at the top.
Claire Barnes
2 months ago

@pluralistic I enjoyed the #AltText for this first image, but it's seven centuries younger as the book is dated to around 1775. Apparently 1057 appears on the title page & someone may have tried to pass it off as older... according to @publicdomainrev in this article, which also shows the original images:
I was happy to find the whole book online at
#ArtHistory #OpenAccess

2 months ago

You asked, I'm delivering!

Join me next Monday for a class all about medieval marginalia.

Murderous rabbits? Adorable hedgehogs? Depression snails? NSFW fun? We've got it all.

7pm EST - July 31, 2023


#arthistory #history #medieval

A yellow graphic with a monk sitting at a table. There is a snail on the table and a hedgehog at his feet. It reads "medieval marginalia: snails, hedgehogs, and drunken monks" by Natania Barron
2 months ago

Whether you're skipping “Barbie” or are excited to see the film, it's worth remembering how artists have used the doll to dismantle the very ideas she represents.

#Art #ArtHistory #Barbie 

Jeremy Osborn
2 months ago

Watercolorist Dong Kingman broke some of the unwritten rules of painting in a way that is inspiring to me.

For example: the rule that plein aire paintings should be 100% made on location, otherwise you lose "freshness" by touching it up.

Kingman did paint on location, but would take his work back to the studio and add significant elements as in this 1949 painting of Central Park. A revelation!

(For more context on Kingman

#watercolor #watercolour #ArtHistory

In the foreground are a half-dozen leafless white birch and pine trees and a few figures standing by the water. In the midground, an arched stone bridge with pedestrians walking over it is visible. Additionally, there are more trees visible at a distance. In the background, are a cluster of small skyscrapers and other buildings below a dark blue, red and purple sky.
History of Art
2 months ago

Venice - The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore (1834) by English Romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851).

#arthistory #art #Venice #Italy #painting #vintage

We look across a glittering waterway lined with long, low boats and sailboats at an ivory-white church in the distance to our right in this horizontal landscape painting. The horizon line comes about a third of the way up the composition, and wispy white clouds sweep across the brilliant azure-blue sky above. A row of buildings comes into view lining the canal to our right, with a terracotta-orange building followed by a cream-white building beyond, both angled toward the church. The church has a high dome rising over the temple-like front, which has columns supporting a triangular pediment. A tall bell tower rises to the left of the church. The low boats, gondolas, to our left are packed with people while a few gondolas floating in the center of the canal appear occupied only by their gondoliers who stand holding their poles. Painted in tones of ivory and peach, the sails of boats behind the gondolas to our left billow in the breeze while the sails of vessels docked to our right are furled. The structures, boats, and people cast shimmering reflections on the gently rippling surface of the water in the canal. Rows of boats and buildings lining the canal extend into the deep, hazy distance to our left.
Jeremy Osborn
2 months ago

In my continuing exploration of the watercolorist Dong Kingman, I turn to an early work (Treasure Island #3, 1939). A few years later, his style becomes more complex, here he uses large "flat" washes of paint to indicate his shapes.

His core style is still on display though: leaving generous areas of white to indicate the sunlight and his color palette is recognizably his.

(For more context on Kingman, see my original post

#watercolor #watercolour #ArtHistory

A watercolor depicting four or five people walking in front of a large white wall that is connected to a small cluster of two and three story buildings. There are two palm trees in front of the pedestrians and a few other threes visible behind the wall.
History of Art
2 months ago

A Winter Landscape at Sunset with Figures on the Ice by 19th-century Belgian painter of Dutch landscapes Charles Leickert (1816-1907).

#winter #sunset #art #arthistory #windmills #vintage #skaters #Dutch #Netherlands

Winter Dutch landscape with skaters on the frozen waterway and windmills.
Nola :ir:
3 months ago

Hello and welcome to my #introduction 👋I am a mid-thirties, late diagnosed #ADHDer, with an #autistic partner. Coming up to my diagnosis 1-year anniversary 🥳 and learning lots every day, having regular “aha” moments. I work PT #burnout in a library and spend my free time trying to coral my unruly curiosity fairly unsuccessfully.

A snippet of my many waxing and waning interests include: #cacti #succulents #cats #dogs #budgies #astronomy #zoology #economics #tech #psychology #neurodiversity #spoontheory #streetart #modernart #arthistory #sculpture #crafts #museums #artgalleries #urbanspaces #heritage #architecture #snailmail #books #libraries #archives #forteana #documentaries #podcasts #zooniverse #googlecrowdsource #miscellanea

Megan Lynch (she/her)
3 months ago

Joseph Ducreux's art is so extraordinary it annoys me that I frequently forget his name and then have to figure out which keywords are going to help me look it up. #ArtHistory

Jeremy Osborn
3 months ago

In my exploration of Dong Kingman's work, humor and whimsy pop up constantly, often in subtle ways.

In this painting ("South Street Bridge", 1955) the two "men" in the lower-right corner are not actually figures in the painting, but half-drawn paintings in the painting. The two street signs at the bottom-left read "Think", which indeed does make you think.

For more context on Kingman, read my original post:

#watercolor #watercolour #ArtHistory

A watercolor painting that shows the Brooklyn Bridge in the background as seen from a fish market pier in South Street. In the foreground there is a pier that wraps around from left to right, and a small empty boat in the lower right. In the midground, are numerous small closed up shops colored in pastels shades of blue-green, red, yellow and pink.
Jeremy Osborn
3 months ago

Another marvelous Dong Kingman watercolor, this one from July, 1948 of Chinatown in San Francisco. I believe this was used for the cover of “Holiday” Magazine.

It’s remarkable to me how his composition is full of detail and captures the hustle and bustle of the city, but he takes great care to preserve the white of the paper.

(For more context on Kingman, see my earlier post:

#WaterColor #Watercolour #ArtHistory

A vertical composition looking down a busy street in San Francisco Chinatown. Prominent in the foreground is a red lamppost that stretches the entire length of the painting. Buildings with signs in English and Chinese stretch to the horizon with pedestrians filling the sidewalks. The sky is a cloudy mix of red, gray and blue, with openings of white.
Jeremy Osborn
3 months ago

I've been studying the watercolor work of Chinese-American watercolorist Dong Kingman, associated with the "California School" of watercolor in the 20s-50s, but he painted up to the 90s.

His colors are often vibrant and multi-hued without being garish, and his compositions are always unique.

This painting is "Strolling Down Washington Street, SF, 1946". More links to his work here, including a nice video compilation at the bottom.

#watercolor #watercolour #ArtHistory

A watercolor by Dong Kingman that features a San Francisco city street with brick buildings including a pool hall and fish store. Two men are walking from right to left in the foreground on a sidewalk, a flock of birds (perhaps chickens) in front of them and what appears to be two bears walking closely behind them.