Wednesday, June 26, 2013

History Lesson

The Moscow Kremlin by the Russian artist Apollinary Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov (1856-1933). Apollinary was the younger brother to the more famous Viktor Vasnetsov.  He specialized more in historical precise illustrations like this one showing the Kremlin in the 16th century.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Well Done Kitsch

Pompeian Lady by the British painter John William Godward (1861 –1922). The painting ist well done and reflects the newest historical knowledge about Roman architecture and clothing. Though it's above all a Victorian lady in a  well painted  Roman costume.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

American Myth

The Nation Makers by the great American artist Howard Pyle (1853-1911). This cover illustration was done for the edition of Collier's Weekly June 2, 1906. It shows the battle torn American levies advancing bravely upon their British oppressors.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Painful Homecoming

Where is the lord, my king (1888) by the British painter Herbert Gustave Carmichael Schmalz (1856-1935). Schmalz depicts here a band of celtic warriors returning from a raid where they lost their king.  They have to answer to his widow who is effectively waiting with her two children.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sweet Lady Godiva

Another interpretation of the popular legend of Lady Godiva by the British painter John Collier (1850-1934).