Friday, January 27, 2017

A few 18C British-American colonial Women & Children with Sheep

1730-1735 Attributed to Gerardus Duyckinck (American colonial era artist, 1695-1749) De Peyster Girl with Lamb. This daughter of Abraham, Jr., and Margareta (Van Cortlandt) De Peyster is either Catharine (1724-1804) or Margareta (1728-80). The former became Mrs. John Livingston, and later, Mrs. William Axtell. The artist relied heavily on English mezzotints for his models, as did many colonial painters of the first half of the 18C.

1735 Gerardus Duyckinck (Amerian colonial era artist, 1695-1749) Portrait Of Franks Children with Lamb

1753 John Singleton Copley (American, artist, 1738–1815) John Greenleaf 1717-1778. The Metropolitan Museum of Art tells us that while there has never been any doubt of Copley’s innate talent, this portrait gives new meaning to the word “precocious.” At about the age of 15, with no formal training & very little opportunity to have studied acclaimed works of art, Copley not only could paint competently but also knew how to cater to his patrons best: with accurate but richly embellished likenesses. This handsome offspring of John & Priscilla Brown Greenleaf of Boston, wears just the sort of elaborate, inventive costume that became the artist’s forte. Copley’s source for John’s exotic cap & his pose with a sheep was a print after Sir Godfrey Kneller’s portrait of Lord Bury as a child.

1754 Joseph Blackburn (American colonial era artist, 1700-1780) Mary Sylvester

Unknown Artist Boy Of Hallett Family With Lamb

1756 John Singleton Copley (American colonial era painter, 1738-1815) Ann Tyning (Mrs Thomas Smelt) Lower left: J:S: Copley pinx 1756

1764  John Singleton Copley (American, artist, 1738–1815)  Elizabeth Gray Otis (Mrs. Samuel Alleyne Otis)

1766 John Durand (American colonial era artist, 1731-1805) Mary Beekman

1770 Cosmo Alexander (American colonial era artist, 1724-1772) Girl with a Lamb

Morning Madonna

The Byzantine icon of the Madonna Nicopeia in Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy.

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.