Mary Cassatt: The Tea (1880)

“Cassatt’s paintings often document the social interactions of well-to-do women like herself. The activities they depict—tea drinking, going to the theatre, tending children—fall within the normal routine for Cassatt’s sex and class. Yet the painter’s insistence upon representing such episodes from the modern world (even a sheltered segment of it), her dislike for narrative, and…

Luys Milán: El Maestro for Renaissance Vihuela

Music of the Spanish Renaissance performed by Polivios (www.polivios.net) on  Renaissance Vihuela built by Barbara Ferloni (www.apizzico.de) It all started with one music video. I enjoyed this music very much but knew nothing about the vihuela or Renaissance music in general. To remediate my own educational gaps, I started reading. As usual, the more I learn…

John Gulich: A Violin Concerto (1898)

  Who Is John Gulich? John Percival Gülich (also Gulich) (26 December 1864 – 11 December 1898) was a British illustrator, engraver and artist. Details: Artist: John Gulich 1864–1898 Medium: Watercolour on paper Dimensions Support: 889 x 711 mm Collection: Tate Acquisition: Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1899 Image released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0…

Mary Cassatt: Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly (1880)

“Cassatt and her family spent the summer of 1880 at Marly-le-Roi, about ten miles west of Paris. Ignoring the village’s historic landmarks in her art, Cassatt focused instead on the domestic environment. Here, she portrayed her elder sister, Lydia, fashionably dressed and insulated by a walled garden from any modern hurly-burly. Lydia is absorbed in…

Habiballah of Sava: Language of the Birds (ca. 1600)

“Language of the Birds” – 12th Century Language of the Birds (Persian: منطق الطیر‎, Manṭiq-uṭ-Ṭayr, also known as مقامات الطیور Maqāmāt-uṭ-Ṭuyūr; 1177), is a mystical twelfth century Persian literary masterpiece by poet Farid ud-Din Attarin, commonly known as Attar of Nishapur. The poem title, which is in Arabic, is taken directly from the Qur’an, 27:16,…

Vincent van Gogh: Laboureur dans un champ, St Remy (1889)

  Click for enlarged image:   Laboureur dans un champ, St Remy by Vincent van Gogh, (1889) Details: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Laboureur dans un champ oil on canvas 19 7/8 x 25 ½ in. (50.3 x 64.9 cm.) Painted in Saint Rémy, early September 1889 image source: Christies    

Cabinet with personifications of the Five Senses, 17th Century

What Is Stumpwork? “Raised work, or stumpwork as it is sometimes called, developed in England during the early seventeenth century, and was characterized by its high relief. The technique was used to create pictures and to decorate objects such as storage boxes for jewelry and writing supplies, baskets, and mirror frames. This box is typical…

Mary Cassatt: Mother and Two Children, 1906

“I do not admit that a woman can draw like that,” said Degas when he saw one of her pictures. At eight o’clock on the evening of June 14, 1926, a very old woman—blind and suffering from advanced diabetes—died in her chateau on the edge of the tiny village of Mesnil-Theribus, some thirty miles northwest…