February 14, 2019~ Happy Valentine’s Day!

Saint Valentine Baptizing Saint Lucilla by Jacopo Bassano

st-valentine-baptizing-st-lucilla-jacopo-bassano1575 / Oil on canvas / 72 1/4”x51” / Museo Civico, Bassano del Grappa

Valentine’s Day~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day
Be My Valentine~ https://www.si.edu/spotlight/valentines
The Heart in Art~ http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-heart-in-art/
Valentine’s day: Love and Street Art~

Previous February 14 posts:

February 14~ African-American visual artists

Renée Fleming: Born February 14, 1959

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/14~

February 12, 1809: Abraham Lincoln Is Born in Hodgenville, KY

railsplitter“Lincoln the Railsplitter” by Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) 84.5” by 44.5” Oil on canvas
Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections. ©NR Family Agency.

In 1962, Lincoln First Federal Savings & Loan Assn in WA commissioned this painting for the lobby of their headquarters in Spokane. Rockwell completed it in 1965 and it was unveiled on November 4th of that year. After the bank merged with Washington Mutual Savings Bank, the painting was moved to Seattle, no longer on public display; in the early 1990s it was sold to Texas businessman H. Ross Perot. In 2006, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, purchased it in a sale at Christie’s Auction House, and “Lincoln the Railsplitter” was once again available to the public.

“Artworks of Lincoln were produced for many reasons—for news, politics, sale, and commemoration—and in a variety of media, such as prints, paintings, sculptures, and photographs.”

“Scholars estimate that Lincoln sat for 33 photographers and 127 portraits in his lifetime…”

“The statue of President Abraham Lincoln [in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol] depicts him with a serious, contemplative expression. Sculpted by the first female artist commissioned to create a work of art for the United States government.”

“Iconic Abraham Lincoln portraits”

Previous February 12 posts:

February 12~ African-American visual artists

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/12~

February 10, 1840~ Queen Victoria weds Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha

The Marriage of Queen Victoria by Sir George Hayter

1840-42 / Oil on canvas / 77”x107 5/8” / Royal Collection Trust, UK

Queen Victoria in her wedding veil by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

1847 / Oil on canvas | 21”x17” / Royal Collection Trust, UK
Commissioned by Queen Victoria and given to Prince Albert as a present on their wedding anniversary, 1847

Previous February 10 posts:

February 10~ African-American visual artists

Leontyne Price: born on February 10, 1927

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/10~

February 9, 1941~ Unexploded shell hits Genoa’s Cathedral of San Lorenzo

Martyrdom of San Lorenzo by Lazzaro Tavarone

1622 / Ceiling fresco / Dimensions? / Duomo di Genova, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Italy

Previous February 9 posts:

February 9~ African-American visual artists

February 9, 1964: Beatles’ first live appearance on American television

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/9~

February 7, 1813~ Fight of the Aréthuse and the Amelia

HMS Amelia and the French Frigate Arethuse in Action, 1813
by John Christian Schetky

1852 / Oil on canvas / 23 9/10”x35 9/10” / Norfolk Museums Collections, UK

Previous February 7 posts:

February 7~ African-American visual artists

February 7, 1904: The Great Baltimore Fire Begins

February 7, 1964: The Beatles Land In America

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/7~

February 4, 960~ The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song

Seated Portrait of Song Taizu / Anonymous, Song dynasty (960-1279)

No date / Hanging scroll, ink and colors on silk / 75 1/5”x66 1/2” / National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Previous February 4 posts:

February 4~ African-American visual artists

Louis-Ernest Barrias (April 13, 1841-February 4, 1905)

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/4~

December 24~ Animals in Art

Dugn’be (Bull Mask) / Bijagó people, Bissagos (Bijagós) Islands, Guinea-Bissau

Late 19th to mid-20th century / Wood, cow horns, glass, plant fiber, and paint /
10 5/8”x19 11/16”x11 13/16” / Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
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The World Cow  by  Franz Marc

1913 / Oil on canvas / 27 7/8”x55 5/8″ / The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY