Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Blue and White, 1896 by Louise Jopling, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, England.
During the Victorian period it became quite fashionable to collect blue and white porcelain from China, The Netherlands and eventually from England when the potteries there began to produce it. People would have entire rooms devoted to displaying their large collections.
Monday, June 27, 2005
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882 by John Singer Sargent, MFA Boston.
Sargent's portraits of children are among his most expressive. It must have been nice for him to work with subjects who would have probably been less vain than the adults (although I am sure a few of them were looking over his shoulder).
Friday, June 24, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
Friday, June 10, 2005
Thursday, June 09, 2005
The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 1834 by JWM Turner, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A huge event that the whole city turned out to see, Turner recorded the fire at Parliament at different times of the fire and from different vantage points.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Dark Prison After Piranesi, c.1790 by Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Turner is the most famous and prolific British painter of the 19th Century. His watercolors and oils record the buildings an events of his world. He also traveled throughout Europe and the British isles where he recorded what he saw.