Friday, November 18, 2016

Doing the Laundry - 1500s Illuminated Manuscript

SPLENDOR SOLIS - British Library, Harley 3469.  1582.

I cannot resist any depiction of a bleach yard.  And so here you have one of the 22 colored plates depicting the 22 Alchemical Stages of Salomon Trismosin's "Splendor Solis." The original manuscript of these plates is in the British Museum, dated 1582. Though the earliest version is considered to be at Kupferstichkabinett in the Prussian State Museum in Berlin, and dated 1532-35.

Madonnas attributed to Cesare Vecellio 1521-1601

Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna and Child with Saints


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna and Child with St Catherine and a Rabbit


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna and Child with Sts Catherine and Dominic and a Donor


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna and Child with Sts Joseph and John the Baptist


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna and Child with Sts Dorothy and George


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna of the Cherries

Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian pinter, 1521-1601) The Gypsy Madonna

Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Mary with the Child and Saints


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Virgin and Child


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) The Holy Family with a Shepherd


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Virgin and Child


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna and Child with Sts Anthony of Padua and Roch


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna and Child


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna in Glory with the Christ Child and Sts Francis and Alvise with the Donor


Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family

Attributed to Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Madonna 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.