Sunday, January 22, 2017

17C New England Mothers & Children - With & without Scarves


The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) Mrs Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary 1674


The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) The Mason Children - David, Joanna, and Abigail c 1670


The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) Margaret Gibbs of Boston c 1670


The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) Henry Gibbs of Boston c 1670


The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) Robert Gibbs c 1670



Portrait of Alice Mason, by an unknown artist, C. 1670.



Portrait of Mary Mason, by unknown artist, C. 1670.


1679 Mrs. Richard Patteshall (Martha Woody) and Child. Atr Thomas Smith, American, c 1650–1691


The Freake Limner (active 1670–1674) is known by 10 similar portraits in oil on canvas that were painted of merchants, public officials, ministers, & children in Boston between 1670 and 1674.  Some suggest that the painter was Augustine Clement (about 1600–1674) who trained in the Elizabethan style in England before sailing to New England.  However, there were about 14 artists working in Boston in the 17th-century, so attribution to Clement is purely speculative.

Morning Madonna


Madonna and Child in front of a scallop niche, a painting by Matteo da Gualdo (Matteo di Pietro di Giovanni di Ser Bernardo, called Matteo da Gualdo) c 1435-1507

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.