May 21, 1972~ Michelangelo’s Pietà in Rome is damaged by a vandal

The Vatican Pietà by Michelangelo Buonarroti

1498–1499 / Carrara marble / 68.5”x76.8”x27.2” / St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

PIETA RESTORED: British Movietone, 11/06/1972~ https://youtu.be/xwhF6D8k-qY

Previous May 21 posts:

Love & War~ May 21

Norma Bassett Hall, American printmaker: Born May 21, 1889

Fats Waller: Born May 21, 1904

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/21~

May 20, 1883~ Krakatoa’s first activity in 200+ years; eruptions turn deadly August 26

Atmospheric effects of the Krakatoa eruption by William Ascroft (1832-1914, British)

Chromolithographic reproduction of pastel sketches; used as front piece for “The Eruption of Krakatoa, and Subsequent Phenomena:
Report of the Krakatoa committee of the Royal Society (1888)” / 11 3/5”x8 1/2” / Houghton Library, Harvard University

Clouds Like Blood: How a 19th-Century Volcano Changed the Color of Sunsets~
https://hyperallergic.com/173597/clouds-like-blood-how-a-19th-century-volcano-changed-the-color-of-sunsets/

Previous May 20 posts:

Love & War~ May 20

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/20~

May 16, 1891~ Panorama artist John Banvard dies

John Banvard, creator of “Grand Panorama of the Mississippi”, by Charles Baugniet

1849 / Hand-colored lithograph with tint-stone on paper / 19 3/16”x14 5/8” / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

“Description of Banvard’s panorama of the Mississippi river, painted on three miles of canvas: exhibiting a view of country 1200 miles in length, extending from the mouth of the Mississippi river to the city of New Orleans; being by far the largest picture ever executed by man”
https://archive.org/details/descriptionofban00banv

Previous May 16 posts:

Love & War~ May 16

Tamara de Lempicka~ Born May 16, 1898(?)

Woody Herman: Born May 16, 1913

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/16~

May 13, 1373~ Julian of Norwich healed of illness after a series of visions

Title page for Revelations of Divine Love from a design by Phoebe Anna Traquair

Julian of Norwich wrote the earliest surviving book in the English language attributed to a woman.
Never beatified, Julian is honored on the unofficial feast day of May 13.

March 1907, London, Methuen and Company / First published July 1901
Written by Julian of Norwich (1342-sometime after 1416),
edited by Grace Harriet Warrack (1855-1932) / Digital edition: archive.org

Previous May 13 post:
Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/13~

Happy Mother’s Day!


From Happy Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018

The artist’s mother, comtesse Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec, at breakfast, Malromé Chateau
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
c.1881-1883 / Oil on canvas / 36.8”x31.8” / Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, France

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother / Vincent van Gogh
1888 / Oil on canvas / 16”x12-3/4” / Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

The Artist’s Mother / Paul Gauguin
Between 1890 & 1893 / Oil on canvas / 16.1”x12.9” / Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany

The Artist’s Mother / Pablo Picasso
1896 / Pastel on paper / 19.6”x15.3” / Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother / Henry Ossawa Tanner
1897 / Oil on canvas / 29 1/4”x39 1/2” / Philadelphia Museum of Art

Mrs. Robert S. Cassatt, the Artist’s Mother / Mary Cassatt
c.1889 / Oil On Canvas / 38”x27” / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Woman with PlantsGrant Wood
1929 / Oil on upsom board / 20 1/2”x17 7/8” / Museum of Art Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Painter’s Mother IV / Lucian Freud
1973 / Oil on canvas / 10 3/4”x 7 1/3” / Tate, London

Julia Warhola / Andy Warhol
1974 / Silkscreen ink and synthetic polymer paint on canvas / 40”x40” / The Andy Warhol Museum

Mum / David Hockney
1988 / Oil on canvas / 16 1/2”x10 1/2” / The David Hockney Foundation

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