Catalogue of Works of Art Exhibited on the Second Floor: Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, and Decorative Art, Winter, 1888-1889

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Alfred Mudge and son, printers, 1889 - Art - 99 pages
 

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Page 33 - For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Page 7 - This last, it appears by a letter of Mr. Custis, which we have examined, was undertaken, against the desire of Washington, and at the earnest solicitation of his wife, who wished a portrait from life, of her illustrious husband, to be placed among the other family pictures at Mount Vernon. For this express purpose, and to gratify her, the artist commenced the work, and Washington agreed to sit once more. It was left, intentionally, unfinished, and when subsequently claimed by Mr.
Page 25 - Rubens was, perhaps, the greatest master in the mechanical part of the art, the best workman with his tools, that ever exercised a pencil.
Page 25 - This power, which Rubens possessed in the highest degree, enabled him to represent whatever he undertook better than any other painter. His animals, particularly lions and horses, are so admirable, that it may be said they were never properly represented but by him. His portraits rank with the best works of the painters who have made that branch of the art the sole business of their lives; and of those he has left a great variety of specimens. The same may be said of his landscapes...
Page 11 - The Dead Man Revived by Touching the Bones of Elijah," a picture which took a prize of two hundred guineas from the British institute, and was afterwards bought by the Philadelphia academy. His work at this period shows " high imaginative power, and a rare mastery of color, light and shade." He was most influenced and inspired by the Italian masters, though his principal teachers were West and Reynolds. In 1818 he returned to America, and...
Page 28 - London, and soon became the most distinguished portrait painter in the capital. In 1768 he was unanimously elected president of the then newly-established Royal Academy of Arts in London, and was knighted by George III. on the occasion. He succeeded Allan Ramsay as principal painter in ordinary to the king in 1784.
Page 25 - In the smallest sketch, the lightness and transparency of his touch, and colour, are no less remarkable than the sweeping rapidity and force of his brush in his largest works ; and, in all kinds of subjects, he equally keeps up his wonted superiority. His animals, particularly his lions and horses, are so admirable, that it may be said they were never properly, at least poetically, painted but by him ; his portraits rank with the best works of those painters who have made that branch of art their...
Page 55 - ... threads with a shuttle or any like appliance, but its weft is done with many short threads, all variously colored and put in by a needle, or knotted with the fingers. It is not embroidery, though so very like it, for tapestry is not worked upon what is really a web, having both warp and woof, but upon a series of closely-set fine strings.
Page 11 - That seems from other worlds to plain; Thus falling, falling from afar, As if some melancholy star Had mingled with her light her sighs, And dropped them from the skies! "No, — never came from aught below This melody of woe, That makes my heart to overflow, As from a thousand gushing springs, Unknown before; that with it brings This nameless...
Page 25 - Rubens was sent by the Infanta Isabella, widow of the Archduke Albert, on a diplomatic mission to Philip IV. of Spain in 1628, and in the following year on a similar mission to Charles I. of England, by whom he was knighted in 1630. He died very rich at Antwerp in 1640.

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