Category: art history

Umberto Boccioni, The Street Enters the …

Umberto Boccioni,

The Street Enters the House, 1911.

Journey of the Spirit by Glyn Warren Philpot…

Journey of the Spirit by Glyn Warren Philpot – 1921

William Baziotes, The Room, 1945.

William Baziotes, The Room, 1945.

A Disabled Black Flower-Seller Carts his Wares…

A Disabled Black Flower-Seller Carts his Wares Through Town

England (c. 1790)

Hand-coloured stipple engraving on paper

This print shows a black flower-seller carting his wares through a
British town. It is not possible to tell whether this print was based on
a real person, or is an imaginary scene. However, there were
significant numbers of black people in many British towns, particularly
London and other ports, such as Liverpool and Bristol, by the end of the
18th century, so a scene like this would not have been uncommon. This
man is shown earning his living from selling flowers. His wooden (peg)
legs suggest that he may previously have been a sailor. The loss of
one’s legs was then an occupational hazard in the navy, when sea fights
were mostly duels between cannon-laden, timber-built warships. Many
black men served in the British navy in the 18th century.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Hieronymus Bosch, Adoration of the Child…

Hieronymus Bosch,

Adoration of the Child, 1568.

Max Ernst, The Angel of the Home (The Triumph …

Max Ernst, The Angel of the Home (The Triumph of Surrealism), 1937.

Acrobats Waiting to Rehearse by Glyn Warren …

Acrobats Waiting to Rehearse by Glyn Warren Philpot – 1935

Oskar Kokoschka, The Bride of the Wind, 1914…

Oskar Kokoschka, The Bride of the Wind, 1914.

UnknownPortrait of Francis Williams, Scholar o…

Unknown

Portrait of Francis Williams, Scholar of Jamaica

European School (c. 1745)

Oil on Canvas, 66 x 50.1 cm.

There were conventions in representing scholarly men, and the artist has
used several of them here. Williams is shown as a scholar in his
book-lined study, with a globe of the world, and a celestial globe on
the table. Dividers and other instruments are also strewn on the table.
All this indicates that he has studied astronomy, mathematics and
geography. 

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Andrea Mantegna, Minerva Chasing the Vic…

Andrea Mantegna,

Minerva Chasing the Vices from the Garden of Virtue, 1502.