June 14, 1325~ Ibn Battuta leaves Tangier on a journey that will last 29 years

Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca by Turkish Artist


Ibn Battuta started on his travels in 1325, when he was 20 years old. His main reason to travel was to go on a Hajj, or a Pilgrimage to Mecca, to fulfill the fifth pillar of Isla. But his traveling went on for around 29 years and he covered about 75,000 miles visiting the equivalent of 44 modern countries which were then mostly under the governments of Muslim leaders of the World of Islam, or “Dar al-Islam”. ~Office of Resources for International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley

17th century (Ottoman Empire) / Fritware with underglaze painting
/ 24 9/16”x14 1/8”x1 3/8” / The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD


The three lines of Arabic writing in the upper part of this large, ceramic wall tile are from the third chapter of the Qur’an, and exhort the Muslim faithful to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. The rest of the tile is given over to a bird’s-eye representation of the Great Mosque in Mecca, with the Ka’ba, Islam’s holiest shrine, in the center. ~The Walters Art Museum

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Previous June 14 posts:

Pride Month~ June 14

Margaret Bourke-White: Born June 14, 1904

June 14: Flag Day

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/14~

June 13, 1231~ Saint Anthony dies in Padua, Italy

The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Max Ernst

1945 / Oil on Canvas / 43”x51” / Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany

“The Temptation of Saint Anthony” was painted for a competition in 1946 where 12 surrealist and magic realist artists were invited to submit a work to be featured in the film “The Private Affairs of Bel Ami”. The invited painters were Ivan Albright, Eugène Berman, Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Louis Guglielmi, Horace Pippin, Abraham Rattner, Stanley Spencer, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, and Max Ernst, who won the competition. All contestants except Fini delivered a painting. The judges were Marcel Duchamp, Alfred H. Barr Jr., and Sidney Janis.

Temptations~ http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2015/04/20/temptations/
Portraits of a Desert Father: Surrealist Contributions to the St. Anthony Tradition~

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Previous June 13 posts:

Pride Month~ June 13

Christo (June 13, 1935) & Jeanne-Claude (June 13, 1935–Nov. 18, 2009)

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/13~

June 12, 1942~ Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday

Journal d’Anne Frank (Anne Frank Diary) by Marc Chagall

Published 1959 / Lithograph on vellum, after artwork from 1958
Image 9.25 x 7″ / Frontispiece for quarto [book]; limited edition of 495 copies

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Previous June 12 posts:

Pride Month~ June 12

Maruyama Ōkyo: Born June 12, 1733

Anne Frank: Born June 12, 1929

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/12~


June 11, 1902~ British illustrator and graphic designer Eric Fraser born

“and Certainly I Should then Have Killed Him with the Knife I Held but That
He Was Riding a White Horse to Which He Clapped Spurs,
Leaving His Cape In My Grasp, In Order to Preserve His Life”  by Eric Fraser

1930s / Speculative illustration for the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini / Pen Ink and Watercolor / 10”x8 1/4”

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Previous June 11 posts:

Pride Month~ June 11

Julia Margaret Cameron~ Born June 11, 1815

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/11~

June 10, 1854~ The first class of the United States Naval Academy graduates

Drawing of Chapel, U.S. Naval Academy, by Ernest Flagg c.1903

1904–1908 / Beaux Arts design; concrete frame; gray brick & terracotta exterior
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

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Previous June 10 posts:

Pride Month~ June 10

Maurice Sendak: Born June 10, 1928

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/10~

June 7, 1654~ Louis XIV is crowned King of France

Louis XIV as Child in Coronation Robes by Henri Testelin

1648 / Oil on canvas / 80 3/4”x59 4/5” / Palace of Versailles, France

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Previous June 7 posts:

Pride Month~ June 7

Charles Rennie Mackintosh~ Born June 7, 1868

George Szell: Born June 7, 1897

Marion Post Wolcott: Born June 7, 1910

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/7~

June 5, 1968~ Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

Souvenir II by Kerry James Marshall

1997 / Acrylic, collage and glitter on unstretched canvas banner / 108”x156”
Addison Gallery of American Art, Boston;
on loan to Detroit Institute of Arts until August 2019

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Previous June 5 posts:

Pride Month~ June 5

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/5~