Friday, September 30, 2016

Gone Fishing - at a picnic in 1754 Annapolis, Maryland


Fishing in the British American colonies was a social sport, & the outcome was as unpredictable then as it is nowadays. This poem appeared in the 1754 Maryland Gazette about preparing a list of items to take on a picnic & fishing trip on the Severn River in Annapolis.


18C English woodcut

Six bottle of wine, right old, good and clear;
a dozen at least, of English strong Beer:
Six quarts of good Rum, to make Punch and Grogg
(the latter a Drink that’s now much vogue)
some Cyder, if sweet, would not be amiss:
Of Butter Six pounds, we can’t do with less.

A tea Kettle, Tea, and all the Tea Geer,
To treat the Ladies and also small Beer.
Sugar, Lemons, a Strainer, likewise a Spoon;
Two China Bowls to drink out of at Noon:
A large piece of Cheese, a Table Cloth too,
A sauce-pan, two Dishes, and a Corkscrew:
Some Plates, Knives and Forks, Fish Kettle or pot,
And pipes and Tobacco must not be forgot:
A frying pan, Bacon or Lard for to Fry:
a tumbler and Glass to use when we’re dry
A hatchet, some Matches, a Steel and a Flint,
Some touch-wood, or Box with good tinder in’t.
some vinegar, Salt, some Parsley and Bread
or else Loaves of Pone to eat in it’s stead:
and for fear of bad Luck at catching of Fish
Suppose we should carry- A READY DRESSED DISH



Madonnas attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) and Leonardo da Vinci (perhaps both worked on this image) Mother and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Madonna and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child attributed to a follower of



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Madonna and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) The Holy Family



attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child

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 a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Madonnas attributed to Martino Altomonte Austrian-born Italian painter, 1657–1745


Martino Altomonte, born Johann Martin Hohenberg (Austrian-born Italian painter, 1657–1745) Rest on the Flight into Egypt



Martino Altomonte, born Johann Martin Hohenberg (Austrian-born Italian painter, 1657–1745) The Immaculate Conception


Martino Altomonte, born Johann Martin Hohenberg (Austrian-born Italian painter, 1657–1745) The Holy Family



Martino Altomonte, born Johann Martin Hohenberg (Austrian-born Italian painter, 1657–1745) Madonna and Child


Martino Altomonte, born Johann Martin Hohenberg (Austrian-born Italian painter, 1657–1745) Anna lehrt Maria, daneben der hl. Joachim

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 a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gone Fishing - in 1600s England



Wenceslaus Hollar (European-born English artist, 1607-1677) Angling


Wenceslaus Hollar (European-born English artist, 1607-1677) River Fishing


Wenceslaus Hollar (European-born English artist, 1607-1677) Salmon Fishing


Madonnas attributed to Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) & his workshop



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Madonna under a Fir Tree 1510


Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Madonna with Child


Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop The Virgin and Child with Saint Catherine



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin & Child with a Bunch of grapes 1510


Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with St John as a Boy 1534-51



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Madonna & Child 1525



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop The Virgin Nursing the Child 1512-15


Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with a Piece of Bread 1529


Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with Grapes c 1525


Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with St John as a Boy 1514-30


Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with Sts Katharine and Barbara 1507-10



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop  Virgin nursing the Child 1530-35



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin with 2 Female Saints 1512-14



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Madonna and Child at the Apple Tree


Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Madonna and Child 1540



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Madonna and Child with Grapes c 1537


Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with a bunch of Grapes



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with Sts Katharine, Dorothy, Margaret, & Barbara Marriage of St Katharine 1516



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Mary & Child with Grapes

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 a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gone Fishing in the Caribbean - Winslow Homer 1836–1910



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836-1910) Shark Fishing

During the 1880s, Winslow Homer vacationed in Florida, and the Caribbean, where he produced dazzling watercolors of people struggling with the sea & its creatures.  Strong men here challenge the ocean's overwheming power; but in the end, the timeless ocean would survive.  The strong, clever fishermen would die passing the task on to the next generation.


 Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910) Hauling in anchor Key West



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836-1910) The Gulf Stream



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910) Rum Cay



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910) The Conch Divers



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910)  West India Divers



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910) Done in the Bahamas (Fragment)



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910) The Water Fan



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910) Sponge Fishing (1885)



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910)  After the Hurricane, Bahamas



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910)  Fishing Boats, Key West



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910) Sponge Fishermen, Bahamas 1885



 Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910) The Sponge Diver 1898–99



 Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910) Market Scene Nassau 1885



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910)  Key West, Hauling Anchor 1903