Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Adoration of the Magi by Charles-André van Loo

Charles-André van Loo was born on February 15, 1705 in Nice, France.  He painted religion, mythology, history, allegory, portraits, and genre scenes, and is considered to be the most famous in a whole dynasty of Dutch painters. Van Loo was …

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The Ecstacy of St. Francis by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta was born on February 13, 1682 (or 1683).  He was an Italian Rococo artist who painted religious scenes. Piazzeta studied under Giuseppe Maria Crespe, whose influence greatly shaped the student’s style.  Perhaps the most striking thing about …

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Shoshone Falls on the Snake River by Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran was born on February 12, 1837 in England but was considered to be an American artist.  He is best known for his majestic landscapes, and he focused particularly on scenes in the Rocky Mountains.  He was hired as …

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Jesus and Angel by Ary Scheffer

Ary Scheffer was born on February 10, 1795.  Though of Dutch origin, he was a French Romantic painter.  He typically painted works of literature from authors such as Dante and Byron, and religious scenes, and he was also a prolific …

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The Palette of King Narmer

Egyption art is seemingly always high quality, and that’s because it was created for purposes sacred to the culture. Most of what we still have is from the tombs of kings, buried with them to ensure that they moved on …

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Return of the Prodigal Son by Guercino

Guercino was born on February 8, 1591 as Giovanni Francesco Barbieri.  He is known as an Italian Baroque painter with a lively nature in his paintings. Guercino received the nickname by which he is best known because he was cross-eyed, and …

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The Royal Standard of Ur

Today, Sylvester is going to tell us about the Royal Standard of Ur!  What is a royal standard, you might ask?  Is that the royal way in which Ur is to behave?  Sylvester insists that’s not quite it. Actually, Ur …

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The Butterfly Hunter by Carl Spitzweg

Carl Spitzweg was born on February 5, 1808 in Bavaria.  He was an important part of the German Romantic movement in art, and especially in the Biedermeier era in which art grew to appeal to middle class people. Spitzweg was trained …

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Cobbler Studying Doll’s Shoe by Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894 in New York City.  Most people recognize him as the illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post magazine cover, a weekly dispatch to which he contributed for more than fifty years. Rockwell left high school …

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Hall of the Bulls

Welcome to Art History with Sylvester!  Sylvester says: Humans have been communicating with art and imagery since the stone ages…and, well, they even used stone.  The cave paintings are filled with stories. The Hall of the Bulls is located in …

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