Wednesday, December 31, 2008
[Study of dockleaves]
Pencil and Watercolour
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Photograph: Bridgeman Art Library]
His work was the basis of jigsaw puzzles and prints produced around 1910-11 by Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., London, England , the puzzles listed as “Tuck’s Famous 16 Dickens Coaching ‘Zag-Zag’ Puzzles” after the originals by Albert Ludovici, Jr. and supplied in two sizes, 400 pieces (20″ x 12″) and 150 pieces (12″ x 7″).
[News from the War] 1867
Pencil and Watercolor with bodycolor
Watercolour with bodycolour
Appears to depict Eosphorus, the incarnation of Venus at dawn, wreathed in a gauze of transparent fabric, like the mists that veil the world in the morning and bearing a wand of starlight. Over the crest of a hill, rises the orb of the dawning sun casting a pale light over her flowing golden tresses.
The Greeks believed that the planet Venus that appeared in the morning was a different celestial object than the Venus that was visible in the morning. Thus they had two names for the planet, Eosphorus (meaning 'bearer of light') being the name of the Venus of morning and Hesperus being the name of the planet in the evening. Each had its own diety and it was not until the adoption of the Babylonian idea of the two planets being one, that the two goddesses began to be identified as one deity, Venus. It was then that she became identified by the Wandering Star, that appeared at dawn and again during the gloaming.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Oil on canvas
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Siddal was perhaps the most important model to sit for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Their ideas about feminine beauty were profoundly influenced by her, or rather she personified those ideals. She was Dante Gabriel Rossetti's model par excellence; almost all of his early paintings of women are portraits of her. She was also painted by Walter Deverell, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, and was the model for Millais' well known Ophelia (1852).
Friday, December 26, 2008
An excerpt from the 1982 British/French co-production, "The Romantic Spirit". A documentary hosted by Anthony Andrews from Keats House in Hampstead, the series explores the themes of Romanticism, as expressed in literature, music, art, and architecture.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
[first greeting card 1843]