Aubrey Beardsley: Sharp Blacks and Whites of the Victorian EraApril 2, 2021
Aubrey Beardsley was an extremely talented draughtsman of the Victorian era. As a young boy he suffered from tuberculosis yet decided to live his life to the fullest instead of staying in bed. Oscar Wilde himself helped to...
Five Things Everyone Should Know About the VictoriansApril 1, 2021
What do we think of when we ponder the Victorian era? I for one almost always think of steam trains, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, Charles Dickens, pea-soupers (thick London fog), public libraries,...
Women in Rossetti’s Life and Art: Muses and LoversApril 1, 2021
Anyone who knows of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood will remember their style by the representation of a very particular type of women – the ones with angular facial features, prominent jawline, straight nose, voluminous hair – the type of...
Psychological Truth on the Verge of Modernity: Symbolism in Victorian ArtMarch 31, 2021
Symbolism in the late 19th century came out of the romantic movement and explored the meanings of forms, lines, shapes, and color. It drew on literary genres such as mythology and subjects such as dreams and nightmares, religion,...
Beautiful and Scary: Illustrations by Harry Clarke for Poe’s Horror StoriesMarch 18, 2021
Harry Clarke was an Irish stained-glass artist and book illustrator. He made notable works in both fields, but somehow are his stained-glass works more the subject of discussion. They are also easier to find. However, his illustration work...
Trouvelot and his Unique Art of the CosmosDecember 20, 2020
First published in 1881, Étienne Léopold Trouvelot’s portfolio of astronomical illustrations is an exceptional collection of majestic 19th-century cosmic art. It was originally produced as a luxury item and sold for 125 USD. Now this unique celestial manual...
Painting of the Week: Francis A. Silva, Kingston Point, Hudson RiverNovember 8, 2020
Wind gently blows on the water of the lapping shore, and light gently glows on the sailcloth of the floating boat. All is gentleness and harmony. All is light and luminosity. Francis A. Silva captures such a relaxing...
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