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 18, 1590~ Roanoke Colony Governor returns from England to find everyone has vanished

Indian Conjuror by John White

English artist and governor of the “Lost Colony”

1585-1593 / Watercolor over graphite, touched with white / 9 3/4”x6” / British Museum, London

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Previous August 18 posts:

Self Portraits~August 18

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/18~

July 16, 1956~ Last show under a “Big Top” for Ringling Bros. and Barnum + Bailey Circus

Top of the Tent by Esther Bruton

1930 / Drypoint / 8”x6” / Various, including National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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Previous July 16 posts:

Summer~ July 16

“Redes” released on July 16, 1936 (Mexico City)

Charles Sheeler: Born July 16, 1883

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/16~

July 14, 1853~ Opening of the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations in NYC

Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations Medal
Johannes Adam Simon Oertel (designer) / Charles Cushing Wright (manufacturer)

1853 / Metal: Bronze, Silver, or Copper / 2 1/4” diameter / Private & public collections, incl. Museum of the City of New York

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New York Crystal Palace 1853~ http://crystalpalace.visualizingnyc.org/

Previous July 14 posts:

Summer~ July 14

July 14, 1916~ The Dada Manifesto

100th anniversary of the Dada Manifesto~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/14~

Hispanic Artists~September 27

Archaeological Find #22: The Aftermath  by  Raphael Montañez Ortiz

1962 / Destroyed sofa (wood, cotton, vegetable fiber, wire, and glue) on wood backing
El Museo del Barrio, New York

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La Ascensión (The Ascension)  by  Graciela Iturbide

1984 / Gelatin silver photograph / 12”x8” / Various, incl. Brooklyn Museum

Pride Month~ June 19

Cy Twombly (1928-2011) Iconic large-scale marks scribbled and smeared on raw canvas or linen
http://www.galerie-karsten-greve.com/en/cy_twombly/biography

Untitled [Gaeta] / 2007 / Acrylic, wax crayon, lead pencil on wooden panel / 99 1/4”x217 3/8”

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Artist, director and producer explored popular culture in his work
http://warholfoundation.org/legacy/biography.html

Flowers / 1964 / Offset lithograph / sheet: 22 13/16”x23 1/16″

March 29~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Judy Chicago (Born 1939)
American feminist artist, art educator, and writer known for large collaborative art installations
https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/chicago-judy

Female Rejection Drawing from the Rejection Quintet / 1974 / Colored pencil and graphite on paper / 40”x30”

 

Carrie Mae Weems (Born 1953)
African-American photographer, performance artist, activist, filmmaker, and videographer
http://carriemaeweems.net/bio.html

Untitled (Kitchen Table Series) / 1990 / Gelatin silver print / 27 1/4”x27”

March 22~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

 

Lee Miller (1907-1977)
American Fashion and fine art photographer, photojournalist, Surrealist artist, writer, and model
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/lee-miller

Women in fire masks, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London / 1941 / American Vogue magazine

 

 

 

 

Dora Maar (1907-1997)
French Surrealist artist and photographer, painter, and poet
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dora-Maar

https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/st1998-0309/