Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

The King

Distribution of the Spoils, No. 18, from "The Miseries and Disasters of War, by Jacques Callot.

St. Etienne de Mont, Henri Toussaint, 1881

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Apron Tuesday

How does her hat stay on???

Hat pins.

From the Pays de Caux region.

Monday, June 22, 2015

They look so comfy together

Alas, I have forgotten the source of this image, and Google Image Search is turning up nothing.

I guess that just leaves me more free to imagine what's going on between these two.

Friday, June 19, 2015

A variety of things that struck my fancy

Abram Arkhipov, Visiting, 1915.

Slavs on the Dnieper by Nickolas Roerich, 1905.

Lithograph, 19th century, Bab Street, Zoum, Alger, Algeria. Artist Charivari?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Around the Worlf with Art: Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a small, land-locked country on the edge of the Sahara. Even in pictures, it looks really hot.

A Winiama masked dancer, courtesy of the Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute. More masked dancers (same source):

But some of the best art is painted on the houses in Burkina Faso--unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any (confirmed) public domain photos of these houses, so I'll just have to link you to them, but they're awesome, so please do take a look:
The African Village where every House is a work of Art
Decorated Mud Houses of Tiébélé, Burkina Faso

Some architecture of a different variety:

Pictures of the Bani Mosque, by Chiappinik.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015


Psyche, by Fyodor Tolstoy. (Not to be confused with the author.)

Psyche's Wedding, 1895, by Edward Burne-Jones

Edward Burne Jones, Pan and Psyche

I don't know what Jasper's people are doing in this picture.

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, 1793, by Antonio Canova

Cupid and Psyche, 1843, by Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours.

Friday, June 12, 2015

"Wait! Let' em come nearer!"

I adore this painting, "Wait! Let' em come nearer!", by Vereshchagin, 1895.

Also by Vereshchagin:

The Night Bivouac of the Great Army--and this is why Napoleon's army all died.

In Defeated Moscow ("Arsonists" or "Shooting in the Kremlin")

There is a horror in Vereshchagin's paintings.

In the Hospital, 1901.

The beginning of modern warfare...

The Doors of Tamerlane, 1873

and yet preserved a world left behind:

Mounted Warrior in Jaipur. c.1881

Jerusalem. Kings' Tombs, 1885.

Solomon's Wall, 1885.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Around the World with Art: Brunei

Photo by Abdullah Geelah.

The Sultanate of Brunei is pretty small--smaller than an American city--but they do have some lovely architecture. This is the Omar Suffidan Mosque.

Monday, June 1, 2015


Pushkin's "Song of Oleg" recounts a meeting between the Russian Prince Oleg (c. 900) and a mage, and later his death. Watercolor by Vasnetsov, 1899.

What I find curious is how similar the style is to illustrations of Ossian, and a lot of German/Celtic art in general. Was there actually some sort of similar ancient art style that these ancient tribal groups shared, or did artists in various European countries just all start drawing them similarly?