Studies for the figure of Apollo by Elihu Vedder, preparatory drawings for center tondo of the Huntington Ceiling

American, c. 1893

black and white chalk

Yale University Art Gallery x x

Studies for Apollo and the Four Seasons by Elihu Vedder, preparatory drawings for center tondo of the Huntington Ceiling

American, c. 1893

black, white, and colored chalks, with gold paint and black and white gouache

Yale University Art Gallery x x x x


Diane, déesse de la chasse (Diana, Goddess of the Hunt)
Auteur inconnu, ca. 1900


Allégorie de la ville de Paris (1850). Pierre-Jules Jollivet (French, 1794-1871). Oil on canvas.

Jollivet initially studied architecture with Jacques-Marie Huvé and Auguste Famin . It was only in 1822 that he decided to focus on painting instead. That year, he entered the École des Beaux-arts de Paris and remained there until 1825. His primary instructors were François-Louis Dejuinne and Antoine-Jean Gros; both painters of historical and genre scenes. His architectural training served him well in this work.


Neapolitan School, ‘Allegory of Sculpture’, 1700s, oil on canvas, Italian, for sale est. 5,000 – 7,000 EUR in Christie’s ‘The Collector: le gout Francais’ sale, November 2019, Paris, France.


Primavera (Spring), Sandro Botticelli, circa 1480

Tempera on wood
207 x 319 cm (81.5 x 125.59 in.)
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy


Death of Cleopatra (detail)

Guido Cagnacci


Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen (II) – Allegorical figure with flowers – 1688

Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen or Gasparo Pedro Verbruggen (baptized on 11 April 1664 in Antwerp – buried on 14 March 1730 in Antwerp) was a Flemish still life painter who is principally known for his decorative still lifes with flowers and fruit. He collaborated with figure artists on compositions which combined figures with a still life element. He was active in Antwerp and The Hague.

Verbruggen was a specialist still life painter. He practised many of the sub-genres of still life such as fruit still lifes, flower pieces and garland paintings.

In its use of broad, impasto brush strokes, the style of his work reflects developments initiated by Italian artists Mario Nuzzi and Michele Pace del Campidoglio. The work of the French painter Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer was also an influence. His works represent a development towards a more decorative style in late 17th century Flemish still life painting. He placed the flower bouquets in his compositions in large stone vases or arranged them in the form of garlands around these vases or garden ornaments. The vases were often placed in outdoor settings with figures. His style was followed by Jan Baptist Bosschaert, Simon Hardimé, Pieter Hardimé and Pieter Casteels III. His large vertical paintings with their tripartite division had an influence on Jan Baptist Bosschaert.



probably Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli (active 1495–1549)

Cleopatra, c. 1524-26. Oil on Paper. Bucknell University Art Gallery

According to Plutarch, Cleopatra tested poisons on condemned people and concluded that the bite of the asp (from aspis—Egyptian cobra, not European asp) was the least terrible way to die; the venom brought sleepiness and heaviness without spasms of pain. –wiki


Roman Soldiers Fighting Against Dacians by Nicolas Beatrizet (1553)