This pyx (box) preserved any consecrated wafers left over from the Mass for use on the following day, or to be taken to the sick or dying. Limoges craftsmen often fashioned pyxes in the form of small towers or church steeples, in reference to the "body," or building, of the church preserving the Host, or "body" of Christ.
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Millais was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood in 1848. However, he subsequently abandoned the bright colors and the minute attention to detail associated with the Brotherhood's style of painting for a broader approach. Marrying a Scottish woman, formerly the wife of the critic John Ruskin in 1855, he developed an interest in Scottish subjects. In this scene from the Crimean War (1854-1856), he shows a soldier of the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment, the famed Black Watch…
Returning from the Fields
Although often associated with the Barbizon school, Breton favored a more idealized treatment of his subjects and a more polished style of painting. In this rural scene, probably set in the artist's native Pas-de-Calais, north of Paris, three young women return from the fields at dusk. Their idealized forms contrast markedly with the harshness of Millet's depictions of peasant life.
Homage being paid to Babur, in 910 AH1504 CE, by Bāqī Chaghānyānī near the river Oxus (Daryā Āmū), from Illuminated manuscript Baburnama (Memoirs of Babur), Walters Art Museum Ms. W.596, fol. 23b
Written originally in Chaghatay Turkish and later translated into Persian, Bāburnāmah is the story of a Timurid ruler of Fergana (Central Asia), Ẓahīr al-Dīn Muḥammad Bābur (866 AH /1483 CE - 937 AH / 1530 CE), who conquered northern India and established the Mughal Empire. The present codex, being a fragment of a dispersed copy, was executed most probably in the late 10th AH /16th CE century. It contains 30 mostly full-page miniatures in fine Mughal style by at least two different artists…
Renaissance-Style Pendant with Judith Holding the Head of Holofernes
This elaborate double-sided pendant depicts two biblical scenes. The side displayed here shows Judith with a sword in her right hand and the head of Holofernes in the other. With the help of her maid, she is about to drop the head into a bag. The other side of the pendant portrays David, about to swing his sling at Goliath, who appears in the dress of a Roman military leader.
The Little Dressmaker
A young girl is seated on a step in front of a doorway making a dress for a doll resting on her lap. At her left is a chair on which she has placed a miniature chest of drawers and some clothes, and on the floor is an open sewing box and a pair of scissors.
Madonna and Child
This tender devotional image of the Madonna and Child before a gold curtain functioning as a cloth of honor retains its original frame in the shape a window frame in a newly stylish format that looked back to classical antiquity for its vocabulary. Lippi here exploits the window analogy by depicting the Madonna's halo cut off by the window frame and by the Christ Child standing on the window sill so the figures are at once very close to us but kept at a defined distance. Inscribed along the…
The Cold Day
Frère specialized in sentimental scenes of childhood. Thanks to the complimentary reviews of the English critic John Ruskin and the promotional efforts of his dealer Ernest Gambart, he enjoyed phenomenal international success during the mid 19th century. He established an artists' colony in Ecouen, a village located 8 miles north of Paris, that attracted both French and foreign visitors, including the American Mary Cassatt and the Anglo-American George H. Boughton.
Wine Jar with Carp among Water Weeds and Lotuses
This extraordinary Chinese porcelain wine jar was made at the Jingdezhen [Ching-te Chen] kilns during the reign of the Jiajing [Chia-ching] emperor (1522-1566). Its body is white porcelain with blue underglaze decoration. To this, potters added an additional layer of colored enamels, resulting in this bright, festive design of golden carp and lotuses. This design and its associations with both fertility and good fortune suggest that this jar was made for a young, affluent couple to celebrate…
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He looks almost Byzantine or Greek, gazing doe-eyed over the viewer’s left shoulder, his mouth forming a slight pout, like a star-struck lover or perhaps a fan of the races witnessing his favorite charioteer losing control of his horses. - HeritageDaily - Archaeology News
Riderless Racers at Rome
From the mid-15th century until 1882, spring carnival in Rome closed with a horse race. Fifteen to 20 riderless horses, originally imported from the Barbary Coast of North Africa, ran the length of the Via del Corso, a long, straight city street, in about 2½ minutes. Throughout his career, Géricault lovingly depicted the horse as a metaphor for unfettered emotion and power. The artist initially planned to paint a canvas of this subject more than 30 feet in width; he completed 20 small oil…