August 21, 1911~ “Mona Lisa” stolen from the Louvre by an employee

Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo
by Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

c.1503–19 / Oil on poplar panel / 30”x21” / Musée du Louvre, Paris

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The Theft That Made The ‘Mona Lisa’ A Masterpiece~
https://www.npr.org/2011/07/30/138800110/the-theft-that-made-the-mona-lisa-a-masterpiece

Previous August 21 posts:

Self Portraits~August 21

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/21~

August 19, 1692~ 4 men & 1 woman executed for witchcraft in Salem

Group of Witches (?) by Eugenio Lucas Velázquez

c.1850-1860 / Watercolour and pen and brushwork ink on paper / 4 2/5”x6 1/3”
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

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Previous August 19 posts:

Self Portraits~August 19

Gustave Caillebotte: Born August 19, 1848

August 12 or 19: Birthday of George Bellows

Coco Chanel: Born August 19, 1883

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/19~

August 18, 1590~ Roanoke Colony Governor returns from England to find everyone has vanished

Indian Conjuror by John White

English artist and governor of the “Lost Colony”

1585-1593 / Watercolor over graphite, touched with white / 9 3/4”x6” / British Museum, London

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Previous August 18 posts:

Self Portraits~August 18

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/18~

August 17, 1578~ Italian painter Francesco Albani is born

Madonna with the Child by Francesco Albani

c.1630 / Oil on Slate / 9 1/24”x7 4/5” / Capitoline Museums, Rome, Italy

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Previous August 17 posts:

Self Portraits~August 17

August 17~ Black Cat Appreciation Day 2018

August 17~ Black Cat Appreciation Day 2017

The World’s First Cartoon: Fantasmagorie (1908)

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/17~

August 15, 1969~ Woodstock Music Festival opens

Wallkill, New York August 15-16-17
First Festival Poster by David Edward Byrd

1969 / Original offset lithograph, 10,000 qty. / Approx. 14”x22” / Various collections

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Previous August 15 posts:

Self Portraits~August 15

August 15, 1969: The Woodstock festival opens in Bethel, New York

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/15~

August 13, 1892~ Baltimore Afro-American newspaper founded

The Watch Dog by Romare Bearden

Cartoon published in the Baltimore Afro-American, June 20, 1936
Afro-American Newspapers Archives and Research Center, Baltimore

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Previous August 13 posts:

Self Portraits~August 13

George Luks: Born August 13, 1867

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/13~

August 12, 2019~ Perseid Meteor Shower peaks overnight

Persée (Perseus) by Joseph Blanc

1869 / Oil on canvas / 119”x68 1/2” / Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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NASA Blogs: Perseids Peak August 11-13~
https://blogs.nasa.gov/Watch_the_Skies/2019/08/01/perseids-peak-august-11-13/

Previous August 12 posts:

Self Portraits~August 12

Cecil B. DeMille: Born August 12, 1881

August 12 or 19: Birthday of George Bellows

Erwin Schrödinger: Born August 12, 1887

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/12~

August 11th, 1866~ First public roller skating rink in US opens

Children Rollerskating by William J. Glackens

c.1912-14 / Oil on canvas / 23 3/4”x17 15/16” / Brooklyn Museum, New York

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See also: Skating Rink, New York City by William J. Glackens~
https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/59876.html

Previous August 11 posts:

Self Portraits~August 11

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/11~