Thursday, April 30, 2015

Luca Giordano

Moses Striking the Rock

(Italian, Naples 1634–1705 Naples)
Date: 1634–1705
Medium: Pen and brown ink, over lead or black chalk
Dimensions: 10-1/8 x 16-1/4 in. (25.7 x 41.2 cm)

Sunday, April 26, 2015


 Laura Wind, 2009, watercolor on Rives BFK paper, 20 x 34 cm, © 2009-2014

 Laura Arms Locked, 2004, watercolor on Rives BFK, 8" x 13", © 2004-2014 


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Adriaen van Ostade

Peasants Drinking in a Tavern

(Dutch, 1610 - 1685)

The Netherlands (Place created),early 1640
Pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk
11 x 14.8 cm (4 5/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Philippe de Champaigne

Portrait of Dame Étiennette

Philippe de Champaigne
(French, born Belgium, 1602 - 1674)

France (Place created) 1647
Brush and gray ink
22.5 x 16.8 cm (8 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.)


A middle-aged woman dressed in a coif and layers of plain white clothing--connoting the purposes of comfort and utility--faces the viewer for a portrait. Her direct gaze and slight smile imply that she knows the onlooker well, and in fact it is thought that she may have been a domestic in Phillippe de Champaigne's home. An inscription on the subject's laced bodice indicates this with an abbreviation: "Gardi," meaning "gardienne" or caretaker, beneath the name, "Dame Étiennette."

The manner in which this drawing is executed, with its veracity of observation and varied brushwork, conveys what must have been before the artist: subtle degrees of shadow and light and texture defining structures of bone, skin, and fabric. Soft, watery washes denote both shadows on the wall as well as the volume of the woman's figure. A dry-brush technique offers a tactile quality to what we see, from the linen cloth of the dress to the softness of aging skin.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Walter Beach Humphrey

study for Hovey Murals

Walter Beach Humphrey


Mural Illustrating Richard Hovey’s “Eleazar Wheelock” (panel 5)
Oil on canvas
Inscribed, lower left to right: [who was] / He had Tobacco by the Cord, ten Squaws and more to come / But he never yet had tasted of New England Rum
Commissioned by Trustees of Dartmouth College