Thursday, January 26, 2017

Squirrels in in a few European & British Paintings

1519 Giovanni Cariani (1485–1547) 4 Courtesans, 3 Gentlemen, and 1 Squirrel


1519 Giovanni Cariani (1485–1547) 4 Courtesans, 3 Gentlemen, and 1 Squirrel Detail

 1526 Hans Holbein the Younger (1498–1543) Lady with a Squirrel on a chain

1526 Hans Holbein the Younger (1498–1543) Lady with a Squirrel Detail

 1565 Francesco Montemezzano (Italian, Venetian, ca. 1540–after 1602). Portrait of a Lady with a Squirrel on a chain with a bell collar.

1580s Portrait of a Lady, possibly the Poet Maddalena Salvetti (1557-1610), in a Green Dress and a pet Black Squirrel with a bell collar.

1650s Frans Luycx (1604–1668) Charles Joseph (1649-1664) Archduke of Austria with Squirrel


 1600s Frederic Kerseboom (1632-1690) Lady with a Red Squirrel on a chain and a Spaniel


 1700s Joseph Highmore (English artist, 1692-1780) A Portrait of a Boy with a Pet Squirrel.

 1730 Unknown French artist, Portrait of an Unknown French Lady Holding Flowers and a Red Squirrel with a bell collar.

 1736 Joseph Highmore (English artist, 1692-1780) The Family of Sir Eldred Lancelot Lee

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, Flemish (late 15th century in Brussels)

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.