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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Jean A.D.Ingres 'Apotheosis of Homer', 1827

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Jean A.D.Ingres Apotheosis of Homer, 1827 Homer Iliad Odysey Angel or Nike Aesop Pindar Hesiod Socrates Perecles Pheidias Michelangelo Aristotle Aristarchus Alexander the Great Gluck Camoens Fenelon Longinus Boileau Molier Racine Tasso Mozart Dante Vergil Horace Peisistratus Lycurgus Rafael Sappho Alcibiades Apelles Euripides Menander Demosthenes Sophocles Herodotus Eschyles Orpheus Linos Tag Source:  Poussin Corneille Unknown Image source:

Jean A.D.Ingres 'Apotheosis of Homer', 1827
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Alcuin, Hrabanus Maurus and Archbishop of Mainz

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Alcuin, Hrabanus Maurus and Archbishop of Mainz Source:  Alcuin  Hrabanus Archbishop Otgar of Mainz

Alcuin, Hrabanus Maurus and Archbishop of Mainz
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Claude Monet St. Germain l'Auxerrois, 1866

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Claude Monet St. Germain lAuxerrois, 1866 This painting was a sensation for a reason not understandable for a modern viewer from the picture itself. This painting is framed from a positions inside the Louvre.  At that time painters have to pay for visiting Louvre to copy art. Monet goes to Louvre not to copy masterpieces, but to represent the nature outside of the museum. See: R. Brettell From Monet to Van Gogh. p.1 Source: Source: auxerrois1866.jpg

Claude Monet St. Germain l'Auxerrois, 1866
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Michelangelo "Last Judgement"

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Michelangelo Last Judgement Virgin Mary Jesus St Bartholomew with the flayed skin (artists self-portrait ) St. Peter with a key St. Katherina ith a wheel St. Sebastian with arrows Charon Michelangelos critic Biagio da Cesena, as Minos with snake biting his penis The seven angels of Apocalypse blow their trumpets to announce the Judgement is nigh, others carry the Book of Revelation Second self-portrait of Michelangelo Angels hold Instruments of Passion : the cross, the crown of thorns, the whipping post

Michelangelo "Last Judgement"
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Eugene Delacroix "Liberty leading the people", 1830

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Eugene Delacroix Liberty leading the people, 1830 Image source  Painting commemorates political uprising in Paris in July 1830 against tyrannical regime of the King Charles X Allegory of liberty: bare breasted woman with a bayoneted musket in one hand and tricolor (republican flag) in the other. She wears a Phrygian cap, which was a symbol of liberty during French revolution.

Eugene Delacroix "Liberty leading the people", 1830
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Vassily Kandinsky Composition #8, 1923

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Vassily Kandinsky Composition 8, 1923 Image source:  Kandinsky believed that abstract art could be as profound as the greatest figurative painting.He wrote: The impart of the acute angle of triangle on a circle produces an effect no less powerful than the finger of God touching the finger of Adam in Michelangelo Tag Source: Great Artists. by Robert Cumming

Vassily Kandinsky Composition #8, 1923
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William Hogarth 'An Election Entertainment' 1754

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William Hogarth An Election Entertainment 1754 Image Source:  Tag Source: (1) Great Artists. Annotated Art, by Robert Cumming(2)  Text on the bannerLiberty and LoyaltyWhigs slogan Text on the banner (under foot) reads: Give us back our 11 days. In 1752, Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar. To enact the Reform,  Wedesday,  September 3rd, was followed by Thurdsday September 14th.  Riots broke out because workers thought they had beeen cheated out 11 days wages. Candidate 1 Candidate 2 Tories (competing polical party) parade down the street with effigy labeled No Jews and banners Liberty and Marry and multiply in spitit of the devil, protesting Whigs policy to emancipate Jews The local mayor is bled by an apothecary to recover from a surfeit of oysters (2) A defaced portrait of William III on the back wall suggests that the Tories have already used the room for a similarly disordered entertainment (2) A Whig attorney, registering votes, collapses on to a pile of serving dishes after being struck on the head by a brick thrown through the window (2) Satirical Painting inspired by election of 1754.Whigs (political party) election entertainment,while competing party parade down the street

William Hogarth \'An Election Entertainment\' 1754
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Pierre Auguste Renoir 'Luncheon at the Boating Party', 1881

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Pierre Auguste Renoir Luncheon at the Boating Party, 1881 Paul Lhote flirting with actress Jeanne Samary Image source:  Aline Charigot, than Renoirs girlfriend,later devoted wife Gustave Gaillebotte, a painter and a patron Journalist Maggiolo Banker Charles Ephrussi Lestringuez, Renoirs friend intersted in hypnosis Actress Ellen Andreregularly posed for Renoir M. Fournaise, proprietor of this restaurant Tag Source: Art. Annotated Guide. by Robert Cumming Sail boat on the river

Pierre Auguste Renoir 'Luncheon at the Boating Party', 1881
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Gustav Courbet "The Painter's Studio" 1855

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Gustav Courbet The Painters Studio 1855 Image source:  Dagger, gitara, floppy hat as symbols of romatic art, ignored by Courbet Plaster figure as a symbol of academic art, ignored by Courbet Skull over newpaper as sybmbol of critics, ignored by Courbet Political dictator Napoleon III in disguise, opposed by Courbet Allegory: Naked woman as a symbol of Truth, guiding Courbet Tag source: Art. Annotated Guide by Robbert Cumming Allegory: young boy as a symbol of the eyes of innocence Group of oppressed people including a French revolution veteran, a Jew, a China man, an Irish woman, a laborer, a poacher Symbolism of art subject: LandscapeArt establishment in Courbet time did not consider landscape a fit subject for a serious painter. Chosing this subject in his studio, and ingoring atributes of classic and romantic art Courbet chalenges establishment French writer Champfleury,the founder of Realist moverment in literature, friend of Courbet Great French poet Charles Baudelaire Art collector Alfred Bruyas Socialist Piere-Joseph Proudon Baudelaires mistress Jeanne Duval. Image was later painted over Gustav Courbet, self-portrait

Gustav Courbet "The Painter's Studio" 1855
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Pieter Breugel "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" 1558

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Pieter Breugel Landscape with the Fall of Icarus 1558 Only one leg of the hero Icarus, who according to the myth  tryed and failed to reach the sun flying with artificial wings, can be seen on this painting, while busy life is going on uninterrupted, ingoring Icarus Image Source

Pieter Breugel "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" 1558
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Jacques-Louis David 'Napoleon in his Study", 1812

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Jacques-Louis David Napoleon in his Study, 1812 Time is 4:13 im the morning, see candle burned low.Meaning: Great leader is working all night for the people Candle hints the early morning Document is Napoleon CodeCodification of law during Napoleon era.Meaning: reminder of Napoleans greatnessduring failed war with Russia 1812-13 Book is Plutarchs Lives, written in the Roman Empire with bioraphies of Greek and Roman leaders.Meaning: Napoleon is in the same group as Plutarchs heros like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar Rolled-up document is a map of France with signature and date: David, 1812 This wonderful painting is a shameless propaganda piece for Napoleon during his failed war with Russia in 1812 The throne like chair, designed by David, with initial N for Napoleon Tag Source: Great Artists, by Robert Cumming Image source:

Jacques-Louis David 'Napoleon in his Study", 1812
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Sandro Botticelli "The Adoration of the Magi" 1475

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Sandro Botticelli The Adoration of the Magi 1475 Botticelli Lorenzo the Magnificent Kosimo de Medici Angelo Politian Pico della Mirandola Piero de Medici Giovanni de Medici Giuliano de Medici Gaspari del Lama Lorenzo Tornabuoni Giovanni Argiropulo Tag source: Botticelli. The Allegory of spring by Federico Zeri Image source:

Sandro Botticelli "The Adoration of the Magizwdijont" 1475
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

DAVID, Jacques-Louis 'Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine', 1807

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