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

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

Medium: Oil on Canvas

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.
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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

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 (

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.