Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Women preparing silk by Emperor Huizong - China c1100

The Holy Family (La Sagrada Familia) by Spanish Painter Francisco Goya c1780

Nude Woman on the Beach by Greek-born Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico - 1932


Medium: Oil on Canvas
Source: wikipaintings.org

Lucrecia by Greek-born Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico - 1922


Medium: Oil on Canvas
Source: wikipaintings.org

The Scream by Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch - 1893


The Scream is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and pastels, by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) is the title Munch gave to these works, all of which show a figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky. Arthur Lubow has described The Scream as "an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time.
Know more about this painting in Wikipedia

Medium: Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard
Source: Wikipedia

The Nostalgia of the Infinite by Greek-born Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico - 1913


Medium: Oil on Canvas
Source: wikipaintings.org

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Children of the Wolf by British Sculptor Sir George Frampton in the State Gallery of H.H. the Maharaja Gaekwar of Baroda


Sir George James Frampton, RA (18 June 1860 – 21 May 1928) was a notable British sculptor and leading member of the New Sculpture movement.
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Color Illustrations from the Book "Arabian Nights' Entertainments" - 1913


The Arabian Nights' Entertainments 
Based on a translation from the Arabic by Edward William Lane
Selected, edited and arranged for young people by Frances Jenkins Olcott 
With Fifteen full-page illustrations by Monro S. Orr

Read the full book here


Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves


As soon as I throw some stones out of my chamber window come out 


Be restored to thy original form


Give me what is my due, that I may go


He placed her behind him, and soared upward into the sky


Immediately a Genie of enormous size rose out of the earth


The Caliph Smiled (oldarts.info)


The Magic Carpet 


The Sheikh Abdelsamad 


The old man and the sea


The people fled with their daughters


The smoke collected and became an afrite


There arrived a great sage versed in the wisdom of the philosophers


When we beheld him we were filled with dread and terror 


Who will change old lamps for new ones


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stories from the Arabian Nights with Illustrations by Edmund Dulac - 1907

Writer:  Laurence Housman

 A city among the isles named Deryabar

 Aladdin in the cave

 At so arrogant a claim all the courtiers burst into loud laughter

 Great was the astonishment of the vizier

 Pirouze, the fairest and most honourably born

 Princess Scheherazade, the heroine of the thousand and one nights, ranks among the great storytellers of the world

 Princess badoura

 She gave orders for the banquet to be served

 So strange of from and so brilliant and diverse in hue

 Supposing me asleep they began to talk

 The Rokh

 The damsel upset the pan

 The episode of the old man of the sea

 The final marriage procession

 The lady Bedr-El-Budur

 The lady advanced to meet him

 The princess Deryabar

 Their chief in a low but distinct voice uttered the two words, open sesame

 This way and that she led him blindfold

Till the tale of her mirror contented her




This gorgeous book includes the following stories as retold by Laurence Housman:

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves;

The Story of the Wicked Half-Brothers;

The Story of the Princess of Deryabar;

The Story of the Magic Horse;

The Fisherman and the Genie;

The Story of the King of the Ebony Isles;

The History of Badoura, Princess of China, and of Camaralzaman, the Island Prince;

Sinbad the Sailor;

The first voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;

The second voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;

The third voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;

The fourth voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;

The fifth voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;

The sixth voyage of Sinbad the Sailor;

The seventh voyage of Sinbad the Sailor; and

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.