Monday, September 29, 2014

Prehistoric Sweethearts

Prehistoric Woman (1895) by the French painter James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836- 1902). Tissot was famous as a painterr of elegantly dressed women shown in scenes of fashionable life. Here he painted two really fashionable Neolithic girls.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Romantic Death

Black Prince at the battle of Crecy by the British painter Julian Russell Story (1857-1919). After the battle the victorious English prince is contemplating the body of the dead King John of Bohemia. It should be mentioned that Edward Prince of Wales the eldest son of King Edward III of England was never called “Black” in his lifetime. It's an attribution of the 16th century. But anyway he looks nice so deadly black with the crows in the back.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Those Who Are About To Die

"Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant" (1859) by the French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904). Gérôme loved the spectacular death in the arena and painted it normally with the perspective from inside out.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Obsequies For A Cat

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat (1886) by the British painter John Reinhard Weguelin (1849-1927). A priestess kneels before an altar upon which is placed the mummy of a cat. She is burning incense, and has presented offerings of flowers and food to the cat's spirit, together with a plate of milk. On the wall behind the priestess is an Egyptian fresco, and a statue of the goddess Sekhmet or Bastet enthroned guards the entrance to the temple.

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Warrior Saint

Joan of Arc in battle by the German Romantic painter Hermann Anton Stilke (1803-1860). This is the central part of a his Joan of Arc Triptych.