Saturday, May 24, 2014

Happy Birthday to Mary Cassatt and Pontormo, the Brooklyn bridge and a breviary

First of all, a couple of birthdays. Mary Cassatt is one of my personal heroes. When I was a teenager and knew that I wanted to be an artist, I discovered her via a small paperback with black and white copies of her work. The reproductions were lousy which I realized even as a 13-year-old, but what I found inspiring was that she lived her life as an artist. And she was a woman! Coming of age in the early 60's and the daughter of a naval officer, women artists were not something I knew anything about and certainly not something I was encouraged to do or be. Her life gave me hope.

Mary Cassatt, born May 22, 1844 was an important member of the Impressionist circle, a painter and a printmaker. The daughter of a wealthy Pennsylvia stockbroker, Cassatt overcame her family's objections to become an artist.

She started studying at age 15, moved to Paris in 1866 where she as able to continue her studies, becoming one of the "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism.

She continued to work until 1914 when increasing blindness forced her to stop painting.

A life-long feminist, she never married and supported "women's causes" with money from the sales of her paintings.

In recognition of her contributions to the arts, France awarded her the Legion d'honneur in 1904.

She died on June 14, 1926 at Château de Beaufresne, near Paris, and was buried in the family vault at Le Mesnil-Théribus, France.

Degas and Cassatt at the National Gallery of Art from the marvelous blog "Lines and Colors"

HappyBirthday to Italian painter Pontormo, born #OnThisDay in 1494. "Monsignor della Casa," probably 1541/1544:

Happy Birthday to the Brooklyn Bridge! May 24, 1883. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. At 5,989 feet (1825 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, it was dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge in an 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since its opening, it has become an iconic part of the New York skyline. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964

Video orientation to the University of Pennsylvania Library's Ms Coll 713 - Breviary collages. Two collages of manuscript miniatures on vellum, probably from a breviary in Northern France, possibly Rouen, in the late 15th century. Both feature a centerpiece of 9 panels with mostly Biblical pictures on them, with a piece of text on each side of the outer frame, with strips of illuminated borders around the edges.

1 comment:

A Cuban In London said...

Another beuatiful post with wonderful images. Love thos blue hues.

Greetings from London.