Harriet Powers’s Bible Quilt (1885-1886)

Who Is Harriet Powers? According to the National Museum of American History, “Harriet Powers, an African American farm woman of Clarke County, Georgia, made this quilt in about 1886. She exhibited it at the Athens Cotton Fair of 1886 where it captured the imagination of Jennie Smith, a young internationally-trained local artist. Of her discovery,…

Santiago Rusiñol: Sitges Interior (c1894)

Sitges Interior, Santiago Rusiñol, c1894 Click for enlarged image:   Details Title: Sitges Interior Creator: Santiago Rusiñol Date Created: Around 1894 External Link: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Medium: Oil on canvas   Image credit: Google Arts and Culture

Maurice Prendergast: Biography and Central Park in 1903

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772 Prendergast and “Central Park” “Prendergast captured the park’s festive energy on a summer day and suggested, with broad horizontal bands, the tripartite traffic system that accommodated carriages, horses with riders, and pedestrians. The painting, once titled “Central Park in 1903,” may have been begun in…

Robert Lewis Reid: Fleur de Lis (c.1900) updated

Who is Robert Lewis Reid? American impressionist Robert Reid was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1862. A painter of landscape, figures, still-life and murals, Reid was one of the founding members of the ‘Ten American Painters’, a group of Impressionists who rebelled against traditionalism in 1897. According to The Met, “Robert Reid was among the…

“Se potessero i sospir miei” (Imeneo), art by Ivan Aivazovsky

“Se potessero i sospir miei” from Handel’s Imeneo Jeffrey Stivers produced this excellent video pairing of “Se potessero i sospir miei” sung by Ann Hallenberg, conducted by Andreas Spering, and accompanied by Capella Augustina on period instruments. The song is from Handel’s opera Imeneo, (HWV 41). Fortunately for those like me who need a bit of remedial…