April 8, 1820~ Venus de Milo discovered on the island of Milos

Aphrodite, known as the Venus de Milo,
credited to Alexandros of Antioch

c.100 BC / Marble / 80” high / Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Previous April 8 posts:

Spring~ April 8

April 8: Hana Matsuri (Buddha’s birthday Festival in Japan)

Clarence Hudson White: Born on April 8, 1871

Premiered April 8, 1876: “La Gioconda”

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/8~

March 29, 1974~ Terracotta Army discovered in Shaanxi province, China

Terracotta Warriors and Horses / Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

246 BC-208 BC / Exterior earth pyramid: 154’x 1,690’x 1,591’ / Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang, Xi’an, China

Previous March 29 posts:

March 29~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Raymond Hood: Born March 29, 1881

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/29~

March 8, 1884~ Susan B. Anthony argues for women’s suffrage before House Judiciary Committee

Bust of Susan B. Anthony by Adelaide Johnson

Between 1890 & 1920 / White marble / 24”x15”x10” / Numerous versions, incl. in the National Woman’s Party Fine Art Collection

Previous March 8 posts:

March 8~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Anthony Caro: March 8, 1924-October 23, 2013

International Women’s Day, March 8~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/8~

 

March 6, 1475~ Michelangelo Buonarroti is born

Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo

1501-1504 / Marble / Height: 79” / Church of Our Lady, Bruges, Belgium

Previous March 6 posts:

March 6~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sarah Caldwell: Born on March 6, 1924

Kiri Te Kanawa: Born on March 6, 1944

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/6~

March 6, 1998: “The Big Lebowski” is released

February 24, 1582~ Pope Gregory XIII announces Gregorian calendar

Funerary Monument of Pope Gregory XIII by Camillo Rusconi

Detail shows bas-relief commemorating the introduction of the Gregorian calendar
1715-1723 / White marble / Dimensions? / Papal Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican City

Previous February 24 posts:

February 24~ African-American visual artists

Renata Scotto: Born February 24, 1934

Steve Jobs: Born February 24, 1955

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/24~

February 17, 1913~ The Armory Show opens in New York City

Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) by Marcel Duchamp

1912 / Oil on canvas / 57 7/8”x35 1/8” / Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Armory Show took place from February 17 to March 15, 1913 at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue and 25th Street, and in just less than a month it changed the way Americans thought about modern art. It has been called the most important exhibition ever held in the United States. http://armory.nyhistory.org/about/

~ 1913 Armory Show: The Story in Primary Sources
~ List of women artists in the Armory Show
~ Armory Show 1913 Complete List

Previous February 17 posts:

February 17~ African-American visual artists

February 17~

Madama Butterfly: First Performance February 17, 1904

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/17~

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.”
http://www.civilwarinart.org/exhibits/show/lincoln/introduction/picturing-lincoln

“Scholars estimate that Lincoln sat for 33 photographers and 127 portraits in his lifetime…”
http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1876750_1840177,00.html

“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.”
https://www.aoc.gov/art/other-statues/abraham-lincoln-statue

“Iconic Abraham Lincoln portraits”
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/iconic-abraham-lincoln-portraits/

Previous February 12 posts:

February 12~ African-American visual artists

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/12~

December 30~ Animals in Art

Untitled (Dancing Dog)  by  Keith Haring

1981 / Sumi ink, and acrylic on paper mounted on canvas / 107”x186” / Private collection

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Standing Glass Fish  by  Frank Gehry

1986 / Wood, glass, steel, silicone, plexiglass, and rubber / 22 feet high /
Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, on long-term loan from the Minneapolis/Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden