Wednesday, June 14, 2017

On this day: Margaret Bourke-White and Hans Hans Eworth (or Ewouts

I love the combination of modern and Renaissance - two different artists, both important in their time and both worth honoring. They were born (obviously) a few centuries apart but it's interesting to contrast the techniques, materials and topics of both. Bourke-White photographed the lowly and the very important of her era. Hans painted only the very important and very wealthy but then, painting in the 16th century was not for the poor and insignifiant; for one thing, the materials were too costly.

Born #OTD in 1904, Margaret Bourke-White revolutionized the photography profession by being the first female photographer for and Fortune, the first authorized Western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union and the first female war photographer to work in combat zones during World War II. She captured the brutality of the Nazi concentration camps, the despair of the Great Depression, the final years of Mahatma Gandhi and the architectural magnificence of the Chrysler Building.

Read more about the “Great Lady with a Camera” via TIME:

Historic Images From The American 20th Century
Photo by National Archives on Getty Images

Sir John Luttell, very odd allegorical portrait
Hans Eworth (or Ewouts; c. 1520–1574) was a Flemish painter active in England in the mid-16th century. Along with other exiled Flemings, he made a career in Tudor London, painting allegorical images as well as portraits of the gentry and nobility. About 40 paintings are now attributed to Eworth,[2] among them portraits of Mary I and Elizabeth I. He moved to England & made it big painting Tudor nobility.


Peter Paul Rubens ( has posted some gorgeous images so I will not be selfish and keep them all to myself.

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

My parents and grandparents were fond subscribers to Life Magazine so I am familiar with the work of Margaret Bourke-White. She was quite a pioneering photog, especially for her day and being female. Her war photographs are some of the finest I've seen.

As to Hans Eworth, I had seen his portrait of Queen Mary but was not aware of who had painted it. And as many portraits as I've seen of Queen Elizabeth I, I had not seen his (I clicked on one of the provided links to view more). He was a fine portrait artist. Thank you for bringing him to my attention.