August 13, 1892~ Baltimore Afro-American newspaper founded

The Watch Dog by Romare Bearden

Cartoon published in the Baltimore Afro-American, June 20, 1936
Afro-American Newspapers Archives and Research Center, Baltimore

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Previous August 13 posts:

Self Portraits~August 13

George Luks: Born August 13, 1867

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/13~

August 12, 2019~ Perseid Meteor Shower peaks overnight

Persée (Perseus) by Joseph Blanc

1869 / Oil on canvas / 119”x68 1/2” / Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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NASA Blogs: Perseids Peak August 11-13~
https://blogs.nasa.gov/Watch_the_Skies/2019/08/01/perseids-peak-august-11-13/

Previous August 12 posts:

Self Portraits~August 12

Cecil B. DeMille: Born August 12, 1881

August 12 or 19: Birthday of George Bellows

Erwin Schrödinger: Born August 12, 1887

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/12~

August 11th, 1866~ First public roller skating rink in US opens

Children Rollerskating by William J. Glackens

c.1912-14 / Oil on canvas / 23 3/4”x17 15/16” / Brooklyn Museum, New York

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See also: Skating Rink, New York City by William J. Glackens~
https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/59876.html

Previous August 11 posts:

Self Portraits~August 11

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/11~

 

 

August 10, 1846~ U.S. Senate establishes the Smithsonian Institution

Model for Seated Statue of James Smithson by Gutzon Borglum

1904 / 27 1/8”x10 1/8”x11 1/2” / Painted plaster / Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC

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In 1826, three years before his death, Smithson penned his own will directing that his fortune be left to his nephew, Henry James Dickinson, son of his brother, Henry Louis Dickinson. Smithson also implicitly requested that the nephew adopt the family name Hungerford, which he did if only for a brief time. https://www.si.edu/ahhp/smithsons_will#

Smithson further stipulated that:

“In the case of the death of my said Nephew without leaving a child or children, or the death of the child or children he may have had under the age of twenty-one years or intestate, I then bequeath the whole of my property… to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men”. https://siarchives.si.edu/history/featured-topics/stories/last-will-and-testament-october-23-1826

August 10, 1793~ Musée du Louvre opens in Paris

October, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
by the Limbourg Brothers

c.1412-1416 / Illuminated manuscript on vellum parchment / 8 4/5”x5 1/3”
Musée Condé, Chantilly, France /The first Louvre castle is in the background

First royal “Castle of the Louvre” commissioned by Philip II of France
1190 / Fortress against Viking attacks / Torn down early 16th century

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Previous August 10 posts:

Self Portraits~August 10

August 10: the anniversary for two famous museums

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/10~

August 7, 1420~ Construction begins on Brunelleschi’s Dome, Florence Cathedral

Wood model for the dome of Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
by
Filippo Brunelleschi


c.1418 / Wood / 39 1/3”x35 1/2” / Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence

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Previous August 7 posts:

Self Portraits~August 7

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/7~

August 6, 2012~ NASA’s rover Curiosity successfully lands on Mars

Mars Dust by Alma Thomas

1972 / Acrylic on canvas / 69 1/4”x57 1/8” / Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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Link: 50 Years Ago, Alma Thomas Made ‘Space’ Paintings that Imagined the Moon and Mars

Previous August 6 posts:

Self Portraits~August 6

August 6, 1945: Enola Gay drops 5-ton bomb over Hiroshima

Andy Warhol: Born August 6, 1928

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/6~

August 5, 1979~ Willie Mays inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Untitled (Willie Mays, No. 43) by David Levinthal

2003 / Polaroid (Polacolor ER Land Film print) / 25 3/8”x20 3/4”
Various collections, incl. San Jose Museum of Art, CA

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Previous August 5 posts:

Self Portraits~August 5

Roberta Dodd Crawford: Born August 5, 1897

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/5~