February 21, 1173~ Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, canonized

Scene from The Life of Thomas Becket / Unknown artist /
Originally in Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral

c.1190-1205 / Stained glass with silver stain, vitreous paint /
28 1/8” diameter / Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Previous February 21 posts:

February 21~ African-American visual artists

Rea Irvin & The New Yorker

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/21~

February 19, 1856~ Tintype photographic process patented

On February 19, 1856 Hamilton Lanphere Smith patented the tintype photographic process.

Tintype of a woman / Unidentified photographer

1856-1900 / Collodion and silver on iron with lacquer / 3 1/2”x2 1/2” /
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Previous February 19 posts:

February 19~ African-American visual artists

Adelina Patti: Born February 19, 1843

Nelle Harper Lee: April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/19~

 

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 16, 1947~ Picasso Lithograph, Woman in an Armchair

Woman in an Armchair (Femme au fauteil) by Pablo Picasso

1947 / 6-color lithograph, Edition of 50 / Image: 19 7/16”x12 9/16” / Various collections, including MoMA, NYC

Previous February 16 posts:

February 16~ African-American visual artists

Armand Guillaumin: Born February 16, 1841

Illustrator Pamela Colman Smith: Born February 16, 1878

Esther Bubley: Born February 16, 1921

February 16, 1964: The Beatles’ second Ed Sullivan Show

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/16~

February 11, 660 BCE~ Traditional date when legendary Emperor Jimmu founded Japan

Emperor Jinmu (Jinmu tennô) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

1880 / Woodblock print; ink and color on paper / 14 3/4”x9 7/8” / Various, including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kenkokukinen-no-Hi, the “complicated and controversial” National Foundation Day, is February 11

Previous February 11 posts:

February 11~ African-American visual artists

Thomas Edison: Born February 11, 1847

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/11~

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 8, 1828~ Author Jules Verne is born

Illustration by N.C. Wyeth for Jules Verne’s book “The Mysterious Island”
Originally published 1874; N.C. Wyeth version first published 1918

1918 / Oil on canvas / 38 5/8”x28 3/16” / Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA

Previous February 8 posts:

February 8~ African-American visual artists

February 8~ First Opera in North America

February 8~ Chinese New Year 2016

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/8~

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~