Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Glorious Day

The Poles surrender the Moscow Kremlin to Prince Pozharsky in 1612 by the Russian painter Ernst-Johann Nicholas Ernestovich Lissner (1874-1941). The destructions give evidence about the heavy fighting as well as the numerous Polish soldiers now leaving Russia defeated.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cheesy Middle Ages

The Hostage by the English painter Edmund Blair-Leighton (1853-1922). Blair-Leighton was famous for these cheesy scenes, still popular today.

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Severe Walk

Mary Stewart on the way to her execution by the British military painter Laslett John Pott (1837-1898). Pott shows a queen calmly facing death.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Macabre Episode

The Cadaver Synod (1870) by the French painter Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921). Laurens shows here one of the most bizarre episodes  of the medieval history. In 897 a  posthumos trial was conducted against the dead Pope Formosus therefore removed from his tomb.