Category: art history blog

Fair Rosamund, 1861, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti…

Fair Rosamund, 1861, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)

Detail of The Blossom of Youth, 1898, by Włady…

Detail of The Blossom of Youth, 1898, by Władysław Czachórski (1850-1911)

Exotic Dancers, and Dance of the Seven Veils, …

Exotic Dancers, and Dance of the Seven Veils, by Gaston Bussière (1862-1928)

Details of Portrait of a Young Lady, 1834, by …

Details of Portrait of a Young Lady, 1834, by Ferdinand Hauptner (1828-1846)

Details of The Jewish Bride, c, 1665, by Rembr…

Details of The Jewish Bride, c, 1665, by Rembrandt (1606-1669)

Yes, that's the fresco! And if I remember…

Yes, that's the fresco! And if I remember correctly, the man,Enrico Scrovegni, who was offering the church built it to save his soul. His father was a userer so he made loans for people and Enrico made money from that too. Usery was a sin so he had to do something grand like have a church built to save himself. And Enrico's father was also mentioned in Dante's Inferno stating that he was in the 7th circle of hell! It's really interesting stuff !

Wow, thank you for the info! What a way to buy off a sin.

I’m not sure what the term would be but …

I’m not sure what the term would be but I remember my professor talking about the Scrovegni chapel. That chapel has a fresco depicting the last Judgement . On the fresco, is an image of the patron of the church with a miniature version of the chapel in his hands. He’s giving it to the angels in order for him to basically get into heaven. Idk that’s just what initially came to mind lol

That sounds really interesting, I’ll have to do some research, thank you! Is this the fresco?

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Portrait of Omai, c. 1776, by Joshua Reynolds …

Portrait of Omai, c. 1776, by Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)

This might be a weird question, but do you kno…

This might be a weird question, but do you know what the artistic term is for when (in medieval/byzantine art) a person is depicted holding a miniature city/church in their hands?

I’m afraid I don’t, but I tried doing some googlin’ because this is something I’d like to know as well. I found two sites that might be helpful (they aren’t really, they don’t mention a term at all, and the first link is mostly about The Hand itself)

A Saint that is often depicted with a church in his left palm is Saint Eligius, probably a reference to his years of converting pagans.

I can’t find anything that directly refers to a term for it though. Hopefully someone who sees this will know the answer?

Portrait of Mary Gainsborough, 1777, by Thomas…

Portrait of Mary Gainsborough, 1777, by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)