Born April 7~ Sister Gertrude Morgan

Sister Gertrude Morgan (April 7, 1900-July 8, 1980) was a self-taught African-American artist, musician, poet, and preacher.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Morgan

New Jerusalem by Sister Gertrude Morgan
N.D. / Acrylic and ink on pieced card / 6 3/4″x7 3/4″ / Private collection

Sister Gertrude Morgan on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/gertrude-sister-morgan/

Further reading:
https://americanart.si.edu/artist/sister-gertrude-morgan-3413
https://www.bridgeprojects.com/artists/sister-gertrude-morgan
https://www.nga.gov/features/exhibitions/outliers-and-american-vanguard-artist-biographies/sister-gertrude-morgan.html

Born March 25~ Maria Tesselschade Visscher

Maria Tesselschade Visscher (March 25, 1594-June 20, 1649) was a Dutch poet and engraver.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Tesselschade_Visscher

Engraved Roemer attributed to Maria Tesselschade Visscher
c.1625-1650 / Glass with diamond engraving / Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Article featuring Maria Tesselschade and her sister Anna:
https://www.perilousadventures.net/blog/?p=107

Further reading:
Google translation: a biography of Maria Tesselschade Visscher
Google translation: “New finds give Maria Tesselschade a face”
http://www.essentialvermeer.com/music/muiderkring.html

National Arts and Humanities Month~ October 16

Isabella and the Pot of Basil by John White Alexander

Then in a silken scarf,—sweet with the dews
Of precious flowers pluck’d in Araby,
And divine liquids come with odorous ooze
Through the cold serpent pipe refreshfully,—
She wrapp’d it up; and for its tomb did choose
A garden-pot, wherein she laid it by,
And cover’d it with mould, and o’er it set
Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet.
~https://www.bartleby.com/126/38.html

1897 / Oil on canvas / 75 5/8″x36 1/8″ / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Isabella, or The Pot of Basil was a poem written in 1820 by the English poet John Keats, who borrowed his narrative from the Italian Renaissance poet Giovanni Boccaccio. Isabella was a Florentine merchant’s beautiful daughter whose ambitious brothers disapproved of her romance with the handsome but humbly born Lorenzo, their father’s business manager. The brothers murdered Lorenzo and told their sister that he had traveled abroad. The distraught Isabella began to decline, wasting away from grief and sadness. She saw the crime in a dream and then went to find her lover’s body in the forest. Taking Lorenzo’s head, she bathed it with her tears and finally hid it in a pot in which she planted sweet basil, a plant associated with lovers.
~https://collections.mfa.org/objects/31098

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Classical Music Month~ September 23

Job: A Masque for Dancing (one act ballet) by Ralph Vaughan Williams

“The ballet is based on the Book of Job from the Hebrew Bible and was inspired by the illustrated edition by William Blake, published in 1826. Job had its world premiere on July 5, 1931, and was performed for members of the Camargo Society at the Cambridge Theatre, London. The first public performance of the ballet took place on September 22, 1931 at the Old Vic Theatre.” ~Wikipedia

When the Morning Stars Sang Together by William Blake

c.1804-7 / Pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over traces of graphite
11″x7 1/16″ / The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY

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June 23~ Pride Month

George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler, and Glenway Wescott

There are four links below:

Wescott was the author of novels, poetry, short stories, and essays…He met Wheeler, his life partner, in 1919 in Chicago; they settled in France in 1925, but returned to the U.S. in 1934, establishing residence in New York City. In 1927, [photographer George Platt Lynes] met Wescott and Wheeler and they formed an intimate threesome that endured for nearly twenty years. ~https://www.lib.umd.edu/kaporter-correspondence/individuals/glenway-wescott-monroe-wheeler-and-george-platt-lynes

1. Self Portrait, George Platt Lynes, n.d. / Gelatin silver print / Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

2. Monroe Wheeler c.1930-49 / Gelatin silver print / National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

3. Glenway Wescott, n.d. / Gelatin silver print / Keith de Lellis Gallery, NY, NY

June 4~ Pride Month

Maria Dulębianka and Maria Konopnicka

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In 1889, <<<[Dulębianka] met Maria Konopnicka>>>, a mother of eight children and a writer, who was living independently and separated from her husband, Jarosław Konopnicki. Dulębianka was almost 30 at the time, and Konopnicka was 19 years her senior. The two became inseparable and from the time of their meeting, Konopnicka became the main subject of Dulębianka’s paintings…Dulębianka died on 7 March 1919 in Lviv and was buried in Konopnicka’s tomb in Lychakiv Cemetery…[her] remains were later re-interred in a separate grave. ~Wikipedia

Portrait of Maria Konopnicka by Maria Dulębianka
Before 1896 / Oil on canvas / National Museum in Warsaw, Poland