August 21, 1911~ “Mona Lisa” stolen from the Louvre by an employee

Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo
by Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

c.1503–19 / Oil on poplar panel / 30”x21” / Musée du Louvre, Paris

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The Theft That Made The ‘Mona Lisa’ A Masterpiece~
https://www.npr.org/2011/07/30/138800110/the-theft-that-made-the-mona-lisa-a-masterpiece

Previous August 21 posts:

Self Portraits~August 21

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/21~

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~

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~

May 25, 1968~ The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis is dedicated

Gateway Arch designed by Eero Saarinen

Completed 1965 / Carbon steel interior, stainless steel exterior / 630’h. / West bank, Mississippi River, St. Louis, MO

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Previous May 25 posts:

Love & War~ May 25

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson: Born May 25, 1878

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/25~

May 4, 2001~ Milwaukee Art Museum’s Quadracci Pavilion opens

Burke Brise Soleil, Quadracci Pavilion by Santiago Calatrava

2001 / 72 steel fins / 217-foot wingspan / Milwaukee Art Museum

Santiago Calatrava’s artwork~
https://calatrava.com/art.html?all=yes
Link to 360 panoramic views of Milwaukee Art Museum~
http://rackphoto.com/pp/2011/02/16/mam-milwaukee-art-museum/

Previous May 4 posts:

Love & War~ May 4

“May 4, 1904: U.S. Dives Into Panama Canal”

Keith Haring: May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990

May 4, 1970~ Tragedy at Kent State

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/4~

March 6, 1475~ Michelangelo Buonarroti is born

Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo

1501-1504 / Marble / Height: 79” / Church of Our Lady, Bruges, Belgium

Previous March 6 posts:

March 6~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sarah Caldwell: Born on March 6, 1924

Kiri Te Kanawa: Born on March 6, 1944

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/6~

March 6, 1998: “The Big Lebowski” is released

February 18, 1564~ Michelangelo dies in Rome, Italy

Tomb of Michelangelo / Designed by Giorgio Vasari

The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Basilica became popular with Florentines as a place of worship and patronage and it became customary for greatly honoured Florentines to be buried or commemorated there.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Croce,_Florence#Funerary_monuments

After [Michelangelo’s] death in 1564, Duke Cosimo de’ Medici commissioned Giorgio Vasari to coordinate and create the memorial, which was finished in 1578. Alongside the artist, 66 members of the Buonarroti family are buried here.
http://www.santacroceopera.it/michelangelo/

He is surrounded by three allegorical statues representing…Painting (by Giovan Battista Lorenzi), Sculpture (by Valerio Cioli) and Architecture (by Giovan Battista Lorenzi) all of three which are shown in mourning.
https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-churches/santa-croce.html

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer~ https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/michelangelo/exhibition-object-highlights

The Sonnets of Michelangelo~ https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-sonnets-of-michelangelo-1904-edition/

See also: https://schristywolfe.com/2016/09/08/september-8-1504-michelangelos-david-is-unveiled-in-florence/

Previous February 18 posts:

February 18~ African-American visual artists

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Born February 18, 1848

Yoko Ono: Born February 18, 1933

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/18~

December 30~ Animals in Art

Untitled (Dancing Dog)  by  Keith Haring

1981 / Sumi ink, and acrylic on paper mounted on canvas / 107”x186” / Private collection

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Standing Glass Fish  by  Frank Gehry

1986 / Wood, glass, steel, silicone, plexiglass, and rubber / 22 feet high /
Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, on long-term loan from the Minneapolis/Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

Hispanic Artists~September 2

Saint George Killing the Dragon  by  Bernat Martorell

1434/35  Tempera on panel
/ 61 1/4”x38 5/8” / Art Institute of Chicago

Adoración de los
Reyes Magos

by  Alonso Berruguete

1523-1526 / Carved and polychromed wood
/ Height: 46”; Width: 45 1/4”; Depth: 11 13/16”
/ National Sculpture Museum, Valladolid, Spain