Firdawsi: Gayumarth from the Shahnameh, mid 16th century Iran

 What is the Shahnameh? “The seminal work of Persian literature is the Shahnameh, an epic poem that recounts the history of pre-Islamic Persia or Iranshahr (Greater Iran). The Shahnameh contains 62 stories, told in 990 chapters with 50,000 rhyming couplets. It is divided into three parts—the mythical, heroic, and historical ages. Written in modern Persian,…

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…

Rudolf Koller: Outing on the Forest’s Edge (1895)

Who Is Rudolf Koller? Rudolf Koller (1828 – 1905) was a Swiss painter  associated with a realist and classicist style, and also with  Düsseldorf school of painting.[2] Koller’s style is similar to that of the realist painters Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Rudolf Koller is considered one of Switzerland’s finest animal painters.   Click for…

Thomas Wilmer Dewing: Summer (1890)

Click for enlarged image detail: Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside Thomas Wilmer Dewing_Summer (1890) Yale University, source: The Athenaeum Owner/Location: Yale University Art Gallery  (United States – New Haven, Connecticut) Dates: 1890 Artist age: Approximately 39 years old. Dimensions Height: 52.07 cm (20.5 in.), Width: 91.44 cm (36 in.) Medium: Painting – oil on canvas Thanks…

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Party in the Country (1882)

 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, “Party in the Country” Owner/Location: Private collection Dates: circa 1882 Artist age: Approximately 18 years old. Dimensions: Height: 46.7 cm (18.39 in.), Width: 38.8 cm (15.28 in.) Medium: Painting – oil on canvas   Click for image detail:   Image source: Athenaeum  and wikiart

Berthe Morisot: Julie Manet and Her Nurse (1880) detail

Who Is Berthe Morisot? Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (January 14, 1841 – March 2, 1895) was a painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists. She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary…

Martiros Sarian: Persian still life (1913)

  Martiros Saryan is an Armenian painter, and the founder of a modern Armenian national school of painting.   Persian still life, 1913, Martiros Sarian Size: 89×75 cm Medium: canvas, tempera Via artist-sarian

Charles Conder: The Shore at Dornoch (c.1880)

  The Shore at Dornoch (c.1880). Charles Conder (British, 1868-1909). Oil on canvas. Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums. The lady sitting on the beach reading is Amaryllis Robichaud who was a friend of both Conder and Toulouse Lautrec. She owned this painting. This captures the beauty and elegance for which she was famed and with its…

Francis David Millet: A Cosey Corner (1884)

Francis Davis Millet (November 3, 1848 – April 15, 1912) was an American Academic classical painter, sculptor, and writer who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912 Click for enlarged detail:   Image credit: The Athenaeum

Eugène Delacroix: The Education of the Virgin (1852)

The Education of the Virgin Eugène Delacroix 1852 From the collection of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo L’Éducation de la Vierge (The Education of the Virgin) (1852). Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798-1863. Oil on canvas. Musée national Eugène-Delacroix Delacroix portrayed the subject with great simplicity, centering the composition on the two monumental figures of…

Francis David Millet: The Window Seat (1883)

The Window Seat by Francis David Millet – 1883 Francis Davis Millet (November 3, 1848 – April 15, 1912) was an American Academic classical painter, sculptor, and writer who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. Owner/Location: Private collection Dates: 1883 Artist age: Approximately 37 years old. Dimensions: Height: 60.96 cm…

Vincent van Gogh: A Tale of Two Paintings (1889)

Preface See previous posts for detailed images of The Olive Trees and The Starry Night. Note that Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background is also called The Olive Trees Vincent van Gogh painted at least 18 paintings of olive trees, but only one –The Olive Trees — was a complement to The Starry…

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek: River landscape with crayfish catchers

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek. 1803-1862 La Haye. Paysage de rivière avec des pêcheurs d’écrevisses. River landscape with crayfish catchers. Dordrecht Museum Le paysage romantique néerlandais The Dutch romantic landscape by jean louis mazieres Click for enlarged image:   Original Image Via Flickr: Barend Cornelis Koekkoek. 1803-1862 La Haye. Paysage de rivière avec des pêcheurs d’écrevisses. River…