National Pet Month~ May 6

The King of Arms of the Order of the Golden Fleece Writing about Jacques de Lalaing
by Simon Bening

c.1530 / Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink
14 5/16″x10 5/16″ / J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

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An Artist’s Pet Dog Photobombs the Middle Ages~
https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/an-artists-pet-dog-photobombs-the-middle-ages/

National Poetry Month~ April 4

Dogs in a Market Listen to Rūmī, Who Praises their Understanding and Attention (detail)
from a Turkish translation of Aflaki’s life of Mevlana Jalal Al-Din Rumi

1590s / MS M.466, fol. 66v / 7 7/8″x5 1/10″ / The Morgan Library & Museum, NY, NY

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Jalal al-Din Rumi~ https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/jalal-al-din-rumi

Women’s History Month in Visual Arts~ March 3

Woman Seated Upon the Beast by Ende

c.975 / Illuminated manuscript / 15 3/4”x10 1/4” / Girona Cathedral, Catalonia, Spain

Ende was a nun who worked as an artist on a collection of manuscripts at a Spanish monastery in the tenth century. The texts are copies of commentaries on the Apocalypse which were compiled in 786 by a monk named Beatus of Liebana. Ende signed her work with the Latin words pintrix et D[e]i aiutrix, “paintress and helper of god.”
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/dinner_party/heritage_floor/ende

The Girona Beatus is a 10th century illustrated manuscript of the Commentary on the Apocalypse by a Spanish monk, Saint Beatus of Liébana. A theologian and geographer, Beatus’ commentary explained the Apocalypse as depicted in the Book of Revelations and its importance to the state of the Catholic church.
https://exhibits.library.ucsc.edu/exhibits/show/havc-winter2015/religious-books/the-apocalypse–then-and-now

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See also: March 3~ Women’s History Month in visual arts
https://schristywolfe.com/2018/03/03/march-3-womens-history-month-in-visual-arts/

Women’s History Month in Visual Arts~ March 2

Iaia of Cyzicus

Clicking this image will take you to the The British Library web site where you can see a larger version.

Iaia of Cyzius was a Roman painter and ivory carver active around 100 BC. None of her work is known to have survived.

Like Timarete, Pliny the Elder mentioned Iaia in his Natural History during his discussion of women artists…
“Cyzicus, who never married, painted pictures with the brush at Rome (and also drew with the cestrum or graver on ivory), chiefly portraits of women, as well as a large picture on wood of an Old Woman at Neapolis, and also a portrait of herself, done with a looking- glass. No one else had a quicker hand in painting, while her artistic skill was such that in the prices she obtained she far outdid the most celebrated portrait painters of the same period, Sopolis and Dionysius, whose pictures fill the galleries.”
http://www.attalus.org/info/pliny_hn.html

Iaia is also one of the three women artists mentioned in Giovanni Boccaccio’s De Mulieribus Claris, although he renames her Marcia Varronis. As with Timarete, there are a number of illuminations picturing her as a medieval artist.

Iaia is sometimes referred to as Lala/Lalla, and it is under this name that she appears on the “Heritage Floor” as part of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party.

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See also: March 2~ Women’s History Month in visual arts
https://schristywolfe.com/2018/03/02/march-2-womens-history-month-in-visual-arts/

Women’s History Month in Visual Arts~ March 1

Timarete (Thamar)

Clicking this image will take you to the The Bibliothèque Nationale web site where you can see a larger version.

Timarete was an ancient Greek painter who lived during the fifth century B.C. She has also been referred to as Thamyris, Tamaris, and Thamar. Almost nothing is known about her.

Pliny the Elder briefly mentions Timarete in his Natural History (77 A.D.) during his discussion of women artists…
“There have also been women artists – Timarete the daughter of Micon who painted the extremely archaic panel picture of Artemis at Ephesus…”
http://www.attalus.org/info/pliny_hn.html

Timarete is one of three women artists mentioned in De Mulieribus Claris (1361–62), a collection of biographies of historical and mythological women by the Florentine author Giovanni Boccaccio, although he calls her Thamar.

“De Mulieribus Claris” was widely distributed in illuminated manuscripts and then as printed books. As a result there are a number of illuminations picturing Timarete as a medieval artist.

Timarete appears on the “Heritage Floor” as part of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party installation (1979).

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See also: March 1~ Women’s History Month in visual arts
https://schristywolfe.com/2018/03/01/march-1-womens-history-month-in-visual-arts/

October 13, 1399~ Coronation of England’s Henry IV at Westminster Abbey

Bolingbroke Claims the Crown by the Virgil Master

c.1401-1405 / From “Book of the Capture and Death of King Richard II” by Jean Creton
Colors and gold with ivy leaf border / 11”x4 1/5” / British Library, London, UK

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Previous October 13 posts:

Autumn~ October 13

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/13~

August 10, 1793~ Musée du Louvre opens in Paris

October, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
by the Limbourg Brothers

c.1412-1416 / Illuminated manuscript on vellum parchment / 8 4/5”x5 1/3”
Musée Condé, Chantilly, France /The first Louvre castle is in the background

First royal “Castle of the Louvre” commissioned by Philip II of France
1190 / Fortress against Viking attacks / Torn down early 16th century

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Previous August 10 posts:

Self Portraits~August 10

August 10: the anniversary for two famous museums

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/10~

Winter~ January 4

Snowball fight (detail), December, Hours of Adelaide of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy

c.1460-1465 / Illuminated manuscript on parchment / 8 3/5”x5 9/10” / Musée Condé, Chantilly, France

 

Snowball fight (detail), December, Prayer Book (fragment) / Flemish

c.1520-1530 / Ink and paint on parchment / 3 9/16”x2 9/16” / Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

Winter~ January 3

January (detail), from Cycle of the Months /
Attributed to Czech painter Maestro Venceslao (Master Wenceslas)

1390-1400s / Frescoes in Torre Aquila (Aquila Tower), castle of Buonconsiglio, Trento, Italy

February, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry by the Limbourg Brothers

c.1412-1416 / Illuminated manuscript on vellum parchment / 8 4/5”x5 1/3” / Musée Condé, Chantilly, France