January 25, 1755~ Russian Empress Elizabeth signs decree establishing Moscow University

The Empress Elizabeth of Russia on Horseback, Attended by a Page
Attributed to Georg Christoph Grooth

After 1743–49 / Oil on canvas / 31 3/8”x24 1/2” / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

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January 24, 1984~ The first Apple Macintosh computer goes on sale

Apple (From the Ads Portfolio) by Andy Warhol

1985 / Color screenprint on Lenox Museum Board / 38”x38” / Various private collections

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“Original Macintosh introduction – January 24, 1984”

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January 23, 1849~ Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman to earn an M.D. in the US

Elizabeth Blackwell by Joseph Stanley Kozlowski

1965 / Oil on canvas / Size? / Syracuse University Medical School Collection, NY

“The Elizabeth Blackwell painting was used as source material for a USPS $.18 postage stamp. However, credit was not extended by the USPS for some time after the issuance of the stamp. After a full investigation determined that Kozlowski’s painting was, in fact, the original source for the stamp design the USPS tightened its rules regarding the documentation of source materials in order for design acceptance and acknowledged the role of the painting in the design process.”

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January 22~ Kandinsky & others found the Neue Künstlervereinigung München

Membership card for the Neue Künstlervereinigung München
(New Artists’ Association Munich)
using Wassily Kandinsky’s woodcut Felsen

1909 / Woodcut / Image 5 9/16”x5 11/16” / Various collections incl. MoMA, NYC

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January 21, 1774 – Abdul Hamid I becomes Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Abdul Hamid I by John Young

From the book “A Series of Portraits of the Emperors of Turkey”
based on the series of paintings by Konstantin Kapıdağlı

1815 / Hand-colored mezzotints on gravure printing
Sheet 21 7/8”x16”; Image 5 1/16”x10 3/8” / Various collections incl. Art Institute of Chicago, IL

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January 19, 1853~ Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore” premieres

Costume sketch by Alfred Edel

for the role of Manrico, performed at La Scala Theater in Milan, 1883

1883 / Tempera and watercolor on cardboard / 12 4/5”x8” / Casa Ricordi Publishing Co. Archives

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January 17*, 1904~ Anton Chekhov’s “Cherry Orchard” opens at Moscow Art Theater

Portrait of the Actor Nikolai Podgorny as Peter Trofimov
(in a later production) by Boris Grigoriev

1923 / Oil on canvas / 23 3/4”x28 3/4” / Private collection

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*Opened January 17 Old Style (O.S., Julian calendar)/January 30 New Style (N.S., Gregorian calendar)

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January 16, 27 BC~ Augustus Caesar becomes Rome’s first Emperor

Augustus of Prima Porta by Unknown Artist

1st century AD / White marble / 6’8” / Musei Vaticani, Rome

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“To what extent did the ancients colour their sculptures?”~

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