Firdawsi: From Shahnama, Rustam Rescues Bijan From the Pit (d.1020)

What is the Shahnama? The Shahnama is Iran’s national epic and one of the world’s great literary masterpieces completed in ca. 1010 by the poet Firdawsi.  …the Shahnama recounts the myths, legends and “history” of Iran from the beginning of time to the Arab conquest in the 7th century. Quote from Shahnama: 1000 Years of…

Laura Bassi (1711-1778): First Female Professor — The History & Art Girl

Who Is Laura Bassi? Note from Sunnyside: This fascinating post by The History and Art Girl introduces the 18th Century Italian, Laura Bassi – experimental physicist, professor, wife, and mother –  and the second woman in recorded history to earn a PhD.  Bravo! The last couple of weeks I’ve been doing some reading about women…

Jacopo da Montagna: The Visitation, The Adoration, The Last Supper, The Agony in the Garden, The Resurrection, The Ascension

  Click for enlarged image: Jacopo da Montagna. 1440-1499. Padoua The Visitation, The Adoration, The Last Supper, The Agony in the Garden, The Resurrection, The Ascension. Prague National Gallery Sternberski Palace Some rights reserved  by jean louis mazieres  Jacopo da Montagna. 1440-1499. Padoua The Visitation, The Adoration, The Last Supper, The Agony in the Garden,…

Frescoe With Wounded Aeneas, 1st Century AD

  Fresco depicting Iapyx removing an arrowhead from Aeneas’ thigh. Venus stands over, while beside Aeneas stands his young son Ascanius. 1st century CE (between 45 and 79 AD), from Pompeii. (Naples National Archaeological Museum). Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia Image Credit: This image was first published on Flickr. Original image by Carole Raddato. Uploaded by…

Asian Art: Porcelain Plate

the-met-art: Dish Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911) Date: 19th century Culture: China Medium: Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels Dimensions: H. 2 in. (5.1 cm); Diam. 11.5 in. (29.2 cm) Classification: Ceramics Credit Line: Gift of Charles Stewart Smith, 1893 Untitled Artwork, Asian Art http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/47454 Timeline of Art History (2000-present) Timelines Central and North Asia, 1800-1900…

Diamond Mountains, the Olympics, and Korean Art

“Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art,” a melancholy beauty of a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, reveals the indelible influence of this mountain range on Korean painting from the 18th century to today.