Sunday, April 19, 2015

A very surprising Spring Flora from Romaine Brooks 1874-1970

Romaine Brooks, born Beatrice Romaine Goddard (1874-1970) - Femme Avec Des Fleurs or Spring

18C Angelica Kauffman 1741-1807 paints Flora

Angelica Kauffman (French artist, 1741-1807) Flora 

Spring 18C Jean-Marc Nattier 1685-1766 paints rather classic Floras

 Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766) -  Portrait of a Woman as Flora

  Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766) - Henriette of France as Flora

Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766) - Louise Anne de Bourbon Comtesse de Charolais 1731

18C Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun 1755-1842 paints post-revolution Floras with garlands & baskets of flowers instead of crowns

 Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun French, 1755 - 1842 - Julie Lebrun as Flora - 1799

  Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun French, 1755 - 1842 - Portrait of Countess Kagenek as Flora

Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun French, 1755 - 1842 – Princess Eudocia Ivanovna Galitzine as Flora 1799

Spring 17C finds Flora in the Garden with a fine flower pot

 Pierre Gobert (1662-1744)  - Retrato de Noiva com Flores

Nicolas de Largillierre 1656-1746 paints his wealthy clients as way-over-the-top Floras...

 Nicolas de Largillierre (French, 1656 - 1746) - Marie Therese Bloneldharau as Flora

Nicolas de Largillierre (French, 1656 - 1746) - Portrait Of Françoise D'Escravayat, Marquise De La Barrière, As Flora

Nicolas de Largillierre (French, 1656 - 1746) - Porträt der Marquise de Gueydan als Flora

Nicolas de Largillierre (French, 1656 - 1746) - Marie Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans as Flora

17C Rembrandt paints family & friends as Floras...

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) - Portrait of Hendrickje Stofells as Flora.

 Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) - Portrait of Saskia as Flora

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) - Portrait of Saskia as Flora

17C Grand Duchess of Tuscany in an idealized portrait as the goddess Flora

Justus Sustermans (Flemish painter, 1597-1681) Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany in an idealized portrait as the goddess Flora

Spring 1633 - Flora gets a hat & a rose

Paulus Moreelse (1571-1638) - Portrait of a Young Woman as Flora 1633

A powerful Flora from Spring in the 1630s

1630s Claude Vignon (1593-1670)  - Flora

New England - The Great Snow of 1717

The Great Snow of 1717 was a series of snowstorms between February 27 & March 7, 1717 (Gregorian calendar) that blanketed the British American colonies of New York & New England with 5 or more feet (1.5 or more meters) of snow, & much higher drifts.

March 7, 1717 diary entry of Massachusetts Rev. Cotton Mather: "Never such a Snow, in the Memory of Man! And so much falling this Day, as well as fallen two Dayes ago, that very many, of our Assemblies had no Sacrifices."

During this storm, many New Englanders could only leave their houses from the leeward side windows…on the second floor.  While Boston only received about 40 inches of snow, many places got 8+ feet during the 10 day period. 

The Great Snow of 1717

The damage was catastrophic. As many as 95% of New England's deer population died from starvation & predators.  They got stuck in the snow becoming easy prey for wolves, which were light enough to get through the snow.  The snow was so high, that the tops of many trees were covered, allowing small animals to graze in the upper branches of orchard crops, harming many of the fruit trees.  Flocks of heavier sheep & cattle were smothered or starved to death. A widow & her 3 children, in a small house in Medford, Massachusetts, were dug out by neighbors several days after the storm, after they spied her chimney smoke "issuing from a snowbank."  The post roads were lost beneath the snowpack well into March.

17C Spring - Flora is offered even more flowers

Juan van der Hamen y (Gómez de) León (1596-1631) - Offering for Flora, 1627

Jean-Baptiste de Saive II (Flemish artist, 1597-c 1642) An Allegory of Spring at a Market Scene with a Boy offering Strawberries to Girl surrounded by Flowers

Lucas van Valckenborch (1535-1597) Spring, 1595

Early 17C Flora - One of my favorities...

Cornelis van Poelenburgh, (1594-1667) - Portrait of a Young Girl as Flora

17C Woman by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677)

Wenceslaus Hollar (Czech artist, 1607-1677)  'Ornatus Muliebris Anglicanus. The severall 'Habits of Englishwomen, from the Nobilitie to the 'Country Woman, as they are in these times. 1640.'  An English lady with curly hair standing whole length in profile to right, wearing a cap, mask, cloak and muff, a feather fan hanging below her right arm. 

We have few depictions of women in the 17C British American colonies, but the prints by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) allow us to see the hairstyles & fashions being worn on the other side of the Atlantic during the early years of the English colonization of America. 

The artist Hollar was born in 1607, the son of an upper middle-class civic official. He left his native Prague at age 20. He was almost blind in one eye but became a skilled artist. His 1st book of etchings was published in 1635, in Cologne, when Hollar was 28. The following year his work caught they eye of English art collector the Earl of Arundel who visiting the continent.  Hollar became a part of his household, settling in England early in 1637. He left London for Antwerp in 1642, where he continued to work on a variety of projects for 10 years.  In 1652, he returned to England, working on a number of large projects for the publishers John Ogilby & William Dugdale. Hollar died in London in1677. By his life's end, he had produced nearly 3000 separate etchings.

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, German (active 1460-1480 in Cologne). Sts Anne, Christopher, Gereon and Peter with the Madonna and Child 1480

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were the core of early Western art.