Things of beauty I like to see

Ducks by Winifred Austen (British, 1876-1964)

allthingsfinnish:

Kristus ja MataleenaAlbert Edelfelt
1890
 Edelfelt has placed Christ in a Finnish landscape, in a grove of birches beside a lake and he wears bast shoes.
 The model for Christ was Finnish painter Magnus Enckell, and the model for Mary Magdalene was a servant of Edelfelt’s, whose young groom had recently drowned. A neighbor of Edelfelt’s recalled that in order to capture a sad expression on the girl’s face, Edelfelt led their conversation to his death.
credit: Ateneum

allthingsfinnish:

Kristus ja Mataleena
Albert Edelfelt

1890

 Edelfelt has placed Christ in a Finnish landscape, in a grove of birches beside a lake and he wears bast shoes.

 The model for Christ was Finnish painter Magnus Enckell, and the model for Mary Magdalene was a servant of Edelfelt’s, whose young groom had recently drowned. A neighbor of Edelfelt’s recalled that in order to capture a sad expression on the girl’s face, Edelfelt led their conversation to his death.

credit: Ateneum

antonio-m:

Male nudes done by William Etty.

Rudolf Swoboda (1859-1914) - Portrait of Sheikh Khudda Bakhsh, 1893. Royal Collection Trust.

Rudolf Swoboda (1859-1914) - Portrait of Sheikh Khudda Bakhsh, 1893. Royal Collection Trust.

George Hitchcock (1850–1913) - Hyacinth fields in Holland.

George Hitchcock (1850–1913) - Hyacinth fields in Holland.

Waalco Jans Dingemans (1912-1991)
The Natal Guardian, oil on canvas, 82 x 61 cm.

Waalco Jans Dingemans (1912-1991)

The Natal Guardian, oil on canvas, 82 x 61 cm.

Leo Eland (Dutch, 1884-1953) - A lake on Sumatra, Indonesia - oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm.

Leo Eland (Dutch, 1884-1953) - A lake on Sumatra, Indonesia - oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm.

femme-de-lettres:

Large (Wikimedia)
Pieter Jansz. Saenredam painted this, Cathedral of Saint John at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in 1646.
It isn’t a surprising subject to see from him—as the Getty Museum (correctly) generalizes, “Unlike his flamboyant predecessors…Saenredam painted the whitewashed austerity of the Dutch Reformed church.”
Of course, presenting him as an exception in that regard rings just a little bit false—though he got there earlier than many, images of the newly unpainted churches were soon to become almost ubiquitous in Dutch art.
This particular painting, though, certainly is an exception.
After all, for a church that’s been divested of its art, it sure has a lot of the stuff.
It’s not, though, that the Reformation mysteriously missed a spot. Rather, Saenredam has condensed many years of the church’s history into one painting.
To use the National Gallery of Art's example, “Prior to his visit, the altar’s painting had been removed by Catholics fleeing the Protestants. Saenredam, a close friend of the altarpiece’s artist, ingeniously reinserted the missing picture in his painting.”

femme-de-lettres:

Large (Wikimedia)

Pieter Jansz. Saenredam painted this, Cathedral of Saint John at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in 1646.

It isn’t a surprising subject to see from him—as the Getty Museum (correctly) generalizes, “Unlike his flamboyant predecessors…Saenredam painted the whitewashed austerity of the Dutch Reformed church.”

Of course, presenting him as an exception in that regard rings just a little bit false—though he got there earlier than many, images of the newly unpainted churches were soon to become almost ubiquitous in Dutch art.

This particular painting, though, certainly is an exception.

After all, for a church that’s been divested of its art, it sure has a lot of the stuff.

It’s not, though, that the Reformation mysteriously missed a spot. Rather, Saenredam has condensed many years of the church’s history into one painting.

To use the National Gallery of Art's example, “Prior to his visit, the altar’s painting had been removed by Catholics fleeing the Protestants. Saenredam, a close friend of the altarpiece’s artist, ingeniously reinserted the missing picture in his painting.”

Today in my garden.

laclefdescoeurs:

Summer Silence, 1929, Daniel Garber

laclefdescoeurs:

Summer Silence, 1929, Daniel Garber

laclefdescoeurs:

Le petit talibé, Paul Alexandre Leroy

laclefdescoeurs:

Le petit talibé, Paul Alexandre Leroy

peira:

Hugh Ramsay:  Man with Staff (1894-1900)

peira:

Hugh Ramsay:  Man with Staff (1894-1900)

laclefdescoeurs:

A Family of Lions, Géza Vastagh

laclefdescoeurs:

A Family of Lions, Géza Vastagh

My Modern Game Bantams with their chicks.

catonhottinroof:

George Hitchcock    Field of Flowers

catonhottinroof:

George Hitchcock    Field of Flowers