Day 88 – Juan de Pareja

Diego Velázquez, Juan de Pareja, 1650, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. I used this portrait as an illustration last week when I talked about Juan de Pareja’s own painting of The Flight into Egypt (Picture Of The Day 85), but I wanted to look at in its own right, because it is rather wonderful – and also becauseContinue reading “Day 88 – Juan de Pareja”

Day 86 – Ethiopia

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Ethiopia, 1921, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC. Today we make it into the 20th Century – so far I’ve deliberately avoided it, to be honest, for reasons of copyright, but that is the only reason… I’m assuming nothing will happen on this occasion, though. However, despite what IContinue reading “Day 86 – Ethiopia”

Day 82 – The Death of Cleopatra

Edmonia Lewis, The Death of Cleopatra, 1876, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Today I’m finding it hard to say who or what had the most unusual history – the artist or their art, the subject or the sculpture – and given the fame of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt that’s really saying something.  But Edmonia Lewis wasContinue reading “Day 82 – The Death of Cleopatra”

Day 81 – The Banjo Lesson

Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Banjo Lesson, 1893, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA. I’m always glad to learn about new artists, and this week, for reasons which I hope are clear, I’ve decided to seek some out. Henry Ossawa Tanner promises to be the most exciting recent discovery. His style sits somewhere between Realism and Impressionism, theContinue reading “Day 81 – The Banjo Lesson”

Day 23 – The Crucifixion

Day 23 – Raphael Sanzio, The Crucified Christ with the Virgin Mary, Saints and Angels, about 1502-3, National Gallery, London. It is Good Friday – which, of course, every year, prompts the question, ‘Why is it Good’? Well, according to the OED, the first use of ‘Guode Friday’ was in 1290, and the word is usedContinue reading “Day 23 – The Crucifixion”

Day 22 – The Last Supper

Day 22 – Tilman Riemenschneider, The Last Supper, 1499-1505, St. Jacobskirche, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is the beginning of Week 4 of #pictureoftheday and I bring you a whole new innovation: I finally have my own website, and if you want to, you can head to the ‘home’ page and subscribe to my blog: http://www.drrichardstemp.comContinue reading “Day 22 – The Last Supper”

Day 21 – The Finding of Moses

Day 21 – Nicolas Poussin, The Finding of Moses, 1651, National Gallery, London. Originally posted on 8 April 2020 Happy Passover! It isn’t every year that Passover coincides exactly with Easter, but of course it is no coincidence when it does. It was the Seder – the ceremonial Passover meal – which brought Jesus and the apostlesContinue reading “Day 21 – The Finding of Moses”

Day 20 – An Old Woman Cooking Eggs

Day 20 – Diego Velázquez, An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Originally posted on 7 April 2020 Too early for Easter eggs, you might say, and were the examples in this painting made of chocolate I wouldn’t for a moment dream of talking about them before Sunday – but I suspect thatContinue reading “Day 20 – An Old Woman Cooking Eggs”

Day 19 – Christ driving the Traders from the Temple

Day 19 – El Greco, Christ driving the Traders from the Temple, about 1600, National Gallery, London. Originally posted on 6 April 2020 The Social Media are curious beasts – you know that people are out there, but you don’t always know where they are, or how present they are. So it’s been a great joy toContinue reading “Day 19 – Christ driving the Traders from the Temple”