Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Links - Medieval and more

 From the British Library - 111 digitized manuscripts (but who is counting!)

Rembrandt travels to the UK

Rembrandt, The Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis, about 1661-2 (detail). Oil on canvas, 196 x 309 cm. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden© Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

It has been announced that one of the most ambitious and uncompromising paintings of Rembrandt’s late years – indeed, of his entire career – will be coming to London as a late addition to 'Rembrandt: The Late Works,' now at the National Gallery. 

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced the acquisition of "The Three Witches or The Weird Sisters." one of the best-known compositions by the Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741–1825).

Peview of this weekend's Silicon Vally Art Fair:

 Neue Galerie New York has opened "Egon Schiele: Portraits," a special exhibition devoted to portraiture created by the masterful Austrian artist Egon Schiele. This is the first exhibition at an American museum to focus exclusively on portraiture in Schiele’s work.

 The French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici presents the exhibition The Baroque Underworld. Vice and Destitution in Rome, in the Grandes Galeries from 7 October 2014 to 18 January 2015.

The Baroque Underworld reveals the dark side of Baroque Rome, its slums, taverns, places of perdition. An "upside down Rome", tormented by vice, destitution, all sorts of excesses that underlie an amazing artistic production, all of which left their mark of paradoxes and inventions destined to subvert the established order. (unfortunately the only images are tiny, tiny, tiny and set up in a fast moving slide show - the images zoom by so quickly that it's impossible to see them. But the idea of the show is delicious and the whole decadent Roman underworld should be no surprise to those who have even a cursory knowledge of the history. )

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Born this week:  Simeon Solomon (9 October 1840 No. 3 Sandys Street, Bishopsgate, London, England - 14 August 1905 in St. Giles's Workhouse, Endell Street) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter.

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