January 16, 27 BC~ Augustus Caesar becomes Rome’s first Emperor

Augustus of Prima Porta by Unknown Artist

1st century AD / White marble / 6’8” / Musei Vaticani, Rome

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“To what extent did the ancients colour their sculptures?”~

Previous January 16 posts:

Winter~ January 16

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/16~

January 8, 1816~ First woman is awarded Paris Academy of Sciences Prize

Sophie Germain by Zacharie Astruc

c.1895 / Based on a mask/mold evidently held by the Louvre
Commissioned by Paris City Council; located at the Lycée Sophie Germain

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Previous January 8 posts:

Winter~ January 8

David Bowie: Born Jan. 8, 1947 / Died Jan. 10, 2016

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/8~

January 5, 1895~ Alfred Dreyfus dishonorably discharged and demoted

Le Capitaine Dreyfus from “The Dreyfus Affair” by Ben Shahn

1984 / Pochoir lithograph on paper / 15 7/16”x11 15/16”
various incl. Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

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Previous January 5 posts:

Winter~ January 5

George Washington Carver: c.1864 – January 5, 1943

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/5~

January 3, 1496~ Leonardo unsuccessfully tests a flying machine [supposedly]

Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) by Leonardo da Vinci
(Top) f.858 recto   (Bottom) f.860 recto

c.1478-1480 / Pen and ink on paper / 12-volumes, 1,119 pp / Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy

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Previous January 3 posts:

Winter~ January 3

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/3~

January 2, 1935~ Jury selection begins for Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial

Hauptmann Must Die by Reginald Marsh

1935 / Egg tempera on masonite / 27-3/4”x35-3/4” / Indianapolis Museum of Art, Newfields, Indianapolis, IN

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History of the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping~

Previous January 2 posts:

Winter~ January 2

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/2~

December 23, 1888~ Vincent Van Gogh cuts off his own ear

Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe by Vincent van Gogh

January 1889 / 19 3/4”x17 3/8” / Oil on canvas / Philippe Niarchos Collection,
on long-term loan to Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland

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Frick Art Reference Library~ Portrait de l’artiste, à la pipe et à l’oreille coupée~


Why Did Van Gogh Cut Off His Own Ear?~

Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK~

Previous December 23 posts:

December 23~ Animals in Art

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/23~