25 Works, July 12th. is Edwin Long’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #189

Edwin Long (1829–1891)
The Gods and Their Makers, c. 1878

Oil on canvas
H 142 x W 224 cm
Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum
Private collection

Long’s oil on canvas captures an essence of Ancient Egypt that is representative of the way that Egypt was imagined in late 19th century Europe; an exotic and beautiful image that has found perpetuity, especially in film and popular culture. So much so that ancient Egypt monopolises a considerably large corner of today’s fiction and fantasy market. More on this painting

Edwin Longsden Long RA (12 July 1829–15 May 1891) was a British genre, history, biblical and portrait painter.

Long was born in Bath, Somerset, and was educated at Dr. Viner’s School in Bath. Adopting the profession of a painter, Long came to London and studied in the British Museum. He was subsequently a pupil in the school of James Mathews Leigh in Newman Street London, and practised first as a portrait artist painting Charles Greville, Lord Ebury and others…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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