Jean-Léon Gérôme, RIDERS CROSSING THE DESERT 01 Painting by Orientalist Artists, with footnotes, #61

JEAN-LÉON GÉRÔME
Jean-Léon Gérôme, French, 1824 – 1904
RIDERS CROSSING THE DESERT
Oil on panel
41 by 56cm., 16 by 22in
Private collection

Jean-Léon Gérôme (11 May 1824 – 10 January 1904) was a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax. He is considered one of the most important painters from this academic period, and in addition to being a painter, he was also a teacher with a long list of students. More on Jean-Léon Gérôme

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Cecilio Plá y Gallardo; Brunilda and Wotan (The Valkyrie) 01 Paintings from Norse mythology, with footnotes – #3

Brunilda
Cecilio Plá y Gallardo (22 November 1860 – 4 August 1934)
Brunilda and Wotan (The Valkyrie), c. 1900
Oil on canvas
77.5 x 109 cm
Private collection

In Norse mythology the Valkyries are ‘choosers of the slain,’ and they are the daughters of
Wotan or Odin.

Brunhilde who is Wotan’s favourite, defies Odin and was punished by imprisonment within a ring of fire until a brave hero falls in love and rescues her. More on Brunilda and Wotan

Brunhild, also known as Brunhilda or Brynhild, is a powerful female figure from Germanic heroic legends. She may have her origins in the Visigothic princess Brunhilda of Austrasia.

In the Norse tradition, Brunhild is a shieldmaiden or valkyrie, who appears as a main character in the Völsunga saga and some Eddic poems treating the same events. In the continental Germanic tradition, where she is a central character in the Nibelungenlied, she is a powerful Amazon-like queen. In both traditions, she is instrumental in bringing about the death of the hero Sigurd or Siegfried after he deceives her into marrying the Burgundian king Gunther or Gunnar. In both traditions, the immediate cause for her desire to have Sigurd murdered is a quarrel with the hero’s wife. More on Brunilda

Wōtan is the Old High German name of the Germanic god Odin; a widely revered god in Germanic mythology. In Norse mythology, from which stems most surviving information about the god, Odin is associated with wisdom, healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, war, battle, victory, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess Frigg.

Odin was known in Old English as Wōden, in Old Saxon as Wōdan, and in Old High German as Wuotan. More on Odin

Cecilio Plá y Gallardo (22 November 1860 – 4 August 1934) was a Spanish painter and illustrator, born in Valencia. As a child, he studied music at the Escuela de Artesanos de Valencia, in accordance with the wishes of his father. Later, he followed his own desires to be an artist and continued his studies at the Instituto San Pablo and the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos. After winning a Silver Medal at the Exposición de Valencia in 1879, he moved to Madrid with a friend, where he entered the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, becoming a student of Emilio Sala.


The following year, after travelling through Portugal, France and Italy, he settled in Rome. From there, he sent home numerous works which showed the influence of Marià Fortuny. Some were shown at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts, winning medals in 1884 and 1887 for paintings on Italian subjects. He received many more medals.

In 1910, he began his career as a teacher at the Academy of San Fernando, a position he held until his retirement in 1931. He was named an Academician in 1924. His dedication to teaching drastically reduced his artistic output.

He died in Madrid, aged 73. More on Cecilio Plá y Gallardo

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06 works, Today, August 9th, is Saint Matthias’s day, his story illustrated #221

Simone Martini (1)
Simone Martini
Saint Matthias, circa 1317 –1319
Tempera on wood, gold ground
11 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. (29.5 x 21.9 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Matthias was, according to the Acts of the Apostles, chosen by the apostles to replace Judas Iscariot following the latter’s betrayal of Jesus and his subsequent death. His calling as an apostle is unique, in that his appointment was not made personally by Jesus, who had already ascended into heaven…

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06 works, Today, August 8th, is Martyr John Felton’s day, his story illustrated #220

Daphne Pollen (1904–1986) (1)
Daphne Pollen, (1904–1986)
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
I have no further description of this artwork at this time

John Felton (died 8 August 1570) was an English Catholic martyr, executed during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Felton was a wealthy man of Norfolk ancestry, who lived at Bermondsey Abbey, a mansion built out of the materials of a great Cluniac monastery. He “was a man of stature”. His wife had been a playmate of Elizabeth I, a maid-of-honour to Queen Mary. John Felton was a well-known Catholic.

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06 works, Today, August 7th, is Saint Secundus’ day, his story illustrated #219

Bernardo Strozzi (1581–1644) (1)
Bernardo Strozzi, (1581–1644)
St Secundus and the Angel, circa 1615/1640
Oil on canvas
Height: 82 cm (32.2 in); Width: 101 cm (39.7 in)
Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

Secundus of Asti (died 119) is venerated as a martyr and saint. He was a historical figure who was beheaded at Asti under Hadrian. He is said to have been a patrician of Asti and a subaltern officer in the imperial army. It is known that a church was dedicated to him in the area as early as the 9th century…

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05 works, Today, August 6th, is Saint Agapitus’ day, his story thru art #218

The martyrdom of Saint (Pope) Sixtus II and his deacons. (1)
Unknown artist
The martyrdom of Saint (Pope) Sixtus II and his deacons, 14th century
Emperor Valerian is shown directing the execution of Sixtus II, and his deacons
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Agapitus and Felicissimus were two of the six deacons of Pope Sixtus II who were martyred with him on or about 6 August 258. These were times when a pope occupying the Roman throne, was known to choose death for the faith…

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09 works, Today, August 5th, is Saint Afra’s day, her story thru art #217

Saint Afra (1)
Unknown artist
Saint Afra
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Saint Afra (died 304) was martyred during the Diocletian persecution. Along with Saint Ulrich, she is a patron saint of Augsburg. Her feast day is August 5. Afra was dedicated to the service of the goddess, Venus, by her mother, Hilaria…

 

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07 works, Today, August 4th, is Brother William Horne’s day, his story thru art #216

Vincenzo Carducci (1576–1638) (1)
Vincenzo Carducci (1576–1638)
The Martyrdom of Fathers John Rochester and James Walworth, after 1626
Oil on canvas
337.5 × 298 cm (11 × 9.7 ft)
Museo del Prado

Bl. William Horne was a Carthusian lay brother and martyr. A member of the London Charterhouse of the Carthusians, he was arrested for opposing the religious policies of King Henry VIII (r. 1509–1547), which included the imprisonment of Catholics and the destruction of monasteries. William was executed at Tyburn with two companions…

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05 works, Today, August 3rd, is Holy Salome’s day, her story thru art #215

Followers of Martin Schongauer (1)
Followers of Martin Schongauer
Crucifixion, c. 1495−1500
Salome is one of the two leftmost women with a halo.
Oil on panel
197 cm × 700 cm (78 in × 280 in)
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Buhl, Haut-Rhin

Holy Myrrh-bearer Salome was the mother of the Apostles James and John, the wife of Zebedee, and the daughter of Joseph the Betrothed, who was a widower when he became betrothed to the Mother of God. She was a disciple of the Lord and one of the Myrrh-bearing women who first brought tidings of the Resurrection to the world. Salome was a follower of Jesus who appears briefly in the canonical gospels and in apocryphal writings…

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05 works, Today, August 2nd, is Blessed Basil’s day, his story thru art #214

Vasily Surikov (1)
Vasily Surikov
Detail; The Boyarin Morozova, c. 1887
Oil on canvas
Height: 304 cm (119.6 in); Width: 587.5 cm (19.2 ft)
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Blessed Basil the Fool-for-Christ is one of the most well-known fools-for-Christ from Moscow. Russians have always venerated fools-for-Christ — those who rejected outward decorum and pretended to be insane so as to hide their abilities and virtues, and condemned the world for lack of the said virtues. They were entitled to judge the world because of their spiritual prowess and pure heart…

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