Marie Anna Zacharias~ born November 11, 1828

Marie Anna Zacharias (November 11, 1828 – February 15, 1907) was a German art patron, amateur artist, and co-founder & deputy president of the Hamburg Kunstfreunde (Friends of Art), a society of Hamburg’s fine arts patrons formed in 1893 and attached closely to the Hamburger Kunsthalle art museum.

Marie Zacharias was the center of a large circle of intellectual and artistic people. She enjoyed music, played the piano, painted, drew, wrote about art and cultural history, and was well known for the musical evenings at her home where artists, merchants, and officials gathered together.

In 1893, Zacharias’ close friend [Hamburger Kunsthalle director] Alfred Lichtwark founded the Gesellschaft Hamburgischer Kunstfreunde. Collectors, art lovers, and amateurs gathered for an exchange of ideas, up-to-date information about the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and the new acquisitions of the collection. Once a year they held an exhibition which included art by the members.

The society published a yearbook from 1895-1912, which was designed by the members themselves. Each volume contained vignettes and illustrations contributed by members. Until her death in 1907, Zacharias was represented in almost every volume of the society’s yearbooks. Later in life she concentrated on woodcuts, and she wrote her memoirs, “Family, City and Children Stories”. Marie Zacharias died at the age of 78 years; until 14 days before her death she was still taking drawing lessons. Her work can be found in the Museum of Hamburg History, the State Archives, and the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Three portraits of Zacharias painted by Leopold von Kalckreuth in 1904 at the suggestion of Lichtwark are also in the collection of the Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Born November 5, 1783~ Caroline Tischbein

Caroline Tischbein (Wilken) ~ painter, illustrator, and writer ~ was born on this day in 1783.

Caroline Tischbein belonged to a family that produced more than 20 artists in three generations. Between 1770 and 1830, the women were well known as artists by their contemporaries. After that, the female members of the family fell into oblivion, although the male painters did not. The best known among them is Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751-1829) who in 1787 shared a flat in Rome with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, during which time Johann painted “Goethe in the Roman Campagna”.

Caroline and the other Tischbein women have been resurrected by art historian Prof. Dr. Martina Sitt, Professor of General Art History at the University of Kassel. For more than a year, under her leadership, the students at the Kunsthochschule Kassel researched these “disappeared artists” and used the results to mount an exhibition about them.

Caroline was the daughter of the Arolsen court painter Johann Friedrich August Tischbein and Sophie Tischbein. She received drawing lessons from her father, who later became director of the Academy in Leipzig (the city where Caroline would meet her future husband). Historian and professor Friedrich Wilken and Caroline met during his studies in Leipzig and married in 1806. The couple moved first to Heidelberg and later to Berlin; in both cities they traveled in intellectual and artistic circles. Caroline Tischbein died in Berlin on April 29, 1843. She left behind her memoirs which were written for her children but subsequently published.

In addition to Caroline, women painters from the Tischbein family included:
Elisabeth (Betty) Tischbein (1787-1867), another daughter of Johann Friedrich August Tischbein.
Amalie Tischbein (1756-1839), daughter of the Kassel court painter and academy professor Johann Heinrich Tischbein.
Sophia Antoinette Tischbein (1761-1826), daughter of Johann Jacob Tischbein and his wife, the painter Magdalene Gertrud Lilly.
Magdalene Margarethe Tischbein (1763-1836), sister of Sophia Antoinette

Top: portrait of Caroline Tischbein by her father Johann Friedrich August Tischbein (1750-1812)
Bottom: “Two Sisters” painted by Caroline Tischbein. The picture probably shows members of the Tischbein family, but their identity is unknown.

“Disappeared artists”: University of Kassel
The women of the family Tischbein
Tischbein, Caroline (5 November 1783–1843)

Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, two days after Good Friday, the day of his crucifixion. It is the central tenet of Christian theology. The Resurrection of Christ has been portrayed by artists for 2,000 years; I thought it would be appropriate at Easter to take an (obviously lightning fast) overview of how some painters have depicted it. (Click image to enlarge).

The Resurrection
11th century
Monastery of Hosios Loukas, Greece


Manuscript Leaf with the Resurrection, from a Psalter
13th century
Tempera, ink, gold, and silver on parchment
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Paneled altarpiece section with Resurrection of Christ
15th century
English Nottingham alabaster with remains of colour
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

Andrea della Robbia (1435–1525)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
15th century
Enamelled Terracotta
Bode-Museum, Berlin, Germany

FrancescaPiero della Francesca (1420-1492)
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Mural in fresco and tempera
Museo Civico, Sansepolcro, Italy

Raphael (1483-1520)Raphael
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Oil on panel
São Paulo Museum of Art, Brazil

RubensPeter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
The Resurrection of Christ
Oil on panel
Antwerp Cathedral, Belgium


William Blake (1757-1827)
Christ Appearing to His Disciples After the Resurrection
Monotype hand-colored with watercolor and tempera
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

ManetÉdouard Manet (1832–1883)
The Dead Christ with Angels
Oil on canvasMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833–1898)
The Morning of the Resurrection
Oil paint on wood
Tate Gallery, London, UKThe Morning of the Resurrection 1886 by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt 1833-1898

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Born February 18, 1848
Since today is the birthday of Louis Comfort Tiffany, I thought it might be interesting to have a look at some of the magnificent examples of Tiffany design with which Baltimore has been favored.

Louis Comfort Tiffany’s career lasted from the 1870s through the 1920s. He was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany who founded Tiffany & Company…

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Louis Comfort Tiffany: Born February 18, 1848