30.8.14

Hungary by Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry

The Hungarian artist Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853-1919) painted scenes of his country while it was integrated in the Habsburg Empire.

O húngaro Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853-1919) pintou cenas do seu país quando este se encontrava integrado no Império Habsburgo.

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853-1919)-‘waterfall at Jajce’-oil on canvas-1903  

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853-1919)-‘springtime in Mostar’-oil on canvas-1903    

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853-1919)-‘lighted trees in Jajce’-oil on canvas-1902    Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853-1919)-‘Jajce power plant at night’-oil on canvas-1902    Private collection

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853-1919)-‘Zrinyi launches the final attack’-oil on canvas-1903    Pécs-Csontváry Múzeum

29.8.14

Historical subjects by Charles Landseer

The British painter Charles Landseer (1799-1879) dedicated several of his works to historical topics, some related to the civil war of the mid-seventeenth century.

O pintor britânico Charles Landseer (1799-1879) dedicou vários dos seus trabalhos a temas históricos, alguns relacionados com a guerra civil de meados do séc. XVII.

Charles Landseer (1799-1879)-‘the eve of the battle of Edge Hill, 1642’-oil on canvas-1845    Liverpool-Walker Art Gallery

Charles Landseer (1799-1879)-‘Cromwell, battle of Naseby’

Charles Landseer (1799-1879)-‘the surrender of Arundel Castle to Sir William Waller, January 6th, 1643’-oil on canvas

Charles Landseer (1799-1879)-‘the census of April the 8th, 1861’

Charles Landseer (1799-1879)-‘the plundering of Basing House’-oil on canvas. 1836    London-Tate collection

28.8.14

Catholic allegories

The term ‘allegory’ might have its origin in the Greek words ‘allos’, meaning ‘other’, and ‘agoreuein’, which means ‘speak publicly’. It associates the literal with the figurative sense. The Christian allegory is called exegesis (to explain).

Alegoria terá origem nos vocábulos gregos allos, ou seja outro, e agoreuein que significa falar publicamente. Relaciona o sentido literal com o figurado. A cristã denomina-se exegese (explicar).

Hans Holbein the younger (ca 1497-1543)-‘an allegory of the Old and New Testament’-oil on panel-1530    Edinburgh-Scottish National Gallery

Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709)-‘allegory of the Jesuit’s missionary work’-fresco-(1641-1644)    Roma-Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio

Godfried Schalcken (1643-1706)-‘allegory of Virtue and Riches’-ca 1667    London-National Gallery

Frans Francken the younger (1581-1642)-‘allegory of chance’-oil on canvas-1627    St Petersburg-Hermitage

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)-‘allegory of the Catholic Faith’-oil on canvas-ca 1672    New York-Metropolitan Museum of Art


27.8.14

Italy by Hermann David Salomon Corrodi

The Italian artist Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905) travelled around his country to paint places of national importance.

O italiano Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905) viajou pelo seu país a pintar locais de importância nacional.  

Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905)-‘Forum Romanum’  

Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905)-‘Rome from Monte Mario’  

Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905)-‘Rome. Colosseum’  

Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905)-‘bay of Naples with Vesuvius beyond’  

Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905)-‘Gulf of Amalfi’  

Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905)-‘Naples from the via Posilippo with the Palazzo Donna Anna and Vesuvius beyond’  

26.8.14

Cinderella

The Tales of Charles Perrault and the Grimm Brothers (Jacob, Wilhelm) reflect the way  a beautiful young lady’s daily life is downgraded and the fact that crime does not always pay.

Os contos de Charles Perrault e dos irmãos Grimm (Jacob, Wilhelm) refletem como se rebaixa o quotidiano de uma jovem bonita e como nem sempre o crime compensa.

Jan Walraven (1827-1863) - ‘little Cinderella’

Herbert Thomas Dicksee (1862-1942) -‘Cinderella’- etching

Charles Landseer (1799-1879) -‘Cinderella’- oil on canvas    Private collection

Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1833-1904)-‘Cinderella’ - 1899

English School (19th century) - ‘Cinderella and the birds’- oil on canvas -1868


25.8.14

Lady of Shalott

Alfred Tennyson's poem is based on the short story “La donna di Scalotta”, which reports the case of a lady who, by charm, lives enclosed in her bedroom. She would die immediately if she had contact with the outside world, as it came to happen.

O poema de Alfred Tennyson baseia-se no conto “La donna di Scalotta”, o qual relata o caso duma dama que, por encanto, vive encerrada no seu quarto. Morreria no momento em que contactasse o mundo exterior, como veio a suceder.

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)-‘the Lady of Shalott’-1888    London-Tate Gallery

William Holman-Hunt (1827-1910) and Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914)-‘Lady of Shalott’

William Maw Egley (1826-1916)-‘the Lady of Shalott’

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)-‘I am half-sick of shadows-said the Lady of Shalott’

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)-‘the Lady of Shalott looking at Lancelot’-1894


24.8.14

Frescoes: Musei Capitolini - Rome

The museums of the Capitol in Rome (Musei Capitolini Palazzo dei Conservatori), include frescoes and oil paintings from a variety of centuries and artists, and Roman sculptures. They are installed in two palaces facing the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius.

Os museus do Capitólio em Roma (Musei Capitolini Palazzo dei Conservatori) compreendem pinturas a fresco e óleo de vários séculos e artistas e esculturas romanas. Encontram-se instalados em dois palácios frente à estátua equestre de Marco Aurélio.

Giuseppe Cesare called Cavalier d’Arpino (1568-1640)-‘combat of the Horatii and the Curiatii’-(1612-1613)    Hall

Giuseppe Cesare called Cavalier d’Arpino and workshop (1568-1640)-‘battle against the inhabitants of Veii and Fidenae’-1597    Hall

Tommaso Laureti (ca 1530-1602)-‘battle of Lake Regillus’-(1587-1594)

Jacopo Ripanda ( -ca 1516)-‘Hannibal crosses the Alps’    sala di Annibale

Giuseppe Cesare called Cavalier d’Arpino (1568-1640)-‘the finding of the she-wolf (Lupa Capitolina)


23.8.14

Centaurs or Bull-slayers

In Greek mythology the Centaurs were creatures with the body of a horse and human head and bust. It is said that their name derives from the words “Ken” and “Taurus”, that is, bull-slayers.

Na mitologia grega os centauros eram seres com corpo de cavalo e busto e cabeça humana. Diz-se que formaram o seu nome das palavras ken e taurus, ou seja matador de touros.

Charles Le Brun (1619-1690)-‘Hercules slaying the Centaurs’-oil on canvas    Ottawa-National Gallery of Canada

Eugène Fromentin (1820-1876)-‘Centaurs and Centauresses exercising by shooting with the bow’    Private collection

Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée the elder (1725-1805)-‘abduction of Deianira by the Centaur Nessus’-oil on canvas-1755    [Ovid; Metamorphoses, XII, 99-184]

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)-‘Pallas and the Centaur’-tempera on canvas-ca 1482    Firenze-Galleria degli Uffizi

Unknown (4th century AD)-‘a pair of female Kentauroi raise a crown above the head of the goddess Aphrodite’-mosaic    Tunis-Musée du Bardo [Ovid; Metamorphoses, XII, 210]

22.8.14

Polish motifs by Zygmunt Ajdukiewicz

The Polish artist Zygmunt Ajdukiewicz (1861-1917) painted motifs related to people and places in his country.

O polaco Zygmunt Ajdukiewicz (1861-1917) pintou temas relacionados com as gentes e locais do seu país.

Zygmunt Ajdukiewicz (1861-1917)-‘on the trail’-oil on panel-1889    Private collection

Zygmunt Ajdukiewicz (1861-1917)-‘soup charity’-oil on canvas-ca 1890    Private collection

Zygmunt Ajdukiewicz (1861-1917)-‘a train comes’-oil on canvas-1884    Private collection

Zygmunt Ajdukiewicz (1861-1917)-‘Polish Uplanders (West Galicia)’

Zygmunt Ajdukiewicz (1861-1917)-‘Sanna’-oil on canvas-ca 1890    Private collection

21.8.14

Brussels Royal Museum of Fine Arts


As Belgium has two official languages the Museum of Fine Arts of Brussels receives the names Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunste and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.

Devido ao facto de a Bélgica possuir duas línguas oficiais, o Museu de Belas Artes de Bruxelas recebe os nomes de Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunste e Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.

Peter Brueghel the elder (ca 1525-1569)-‘the fall of Rebel Angels’-1562

Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)-‘Mars disarmed by Venus’-1824

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)-‘the massacre of the innocents’-(1611-1612)

Léon-Henri-Marie Frédéric (1856-1940)-‘the chalk sellers’-oil on canvas-ca 1822

Eugène-Jules-Joseph Laermans (1864-1940)-‘winter’