July 24, 2014
Franz von Stuck

Franz von Stuck

July 20, 2014
Statue Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna in Florence, Loggia dei Lanzi,

Statue Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna in Florence, Loggia dei Lanzi,

July 20, 2014

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July 20, 2014
Emile Friant

Emile Friant

July 20, 2014
Takeuchi Seiho
“KUNPU-YOROKU-ZU” Playing Deer in Balmy Breeze / 1898

Takeuchi Seiho
“KUNPU-YOROKU-ZU” Playing Deer in Balmy Breeze / 1898

July 20, 2014
Takeuchi Seiho
“KOHARU” Indian Summer (A Cat and a Bamboo Basket) / 1927

Takeuchi Seiho
“KOHARU” Indian Summer (A Cat and a Bamboo Basket) / 1927

July 18, 2014
John Philip Simpson
English, 1782–1847

The Captive Slave, 1827


In 1827, when the English portrait painter John Simpson exhibited this heroic image of a manacled man, he was making a bold statement. The slave trade was still a controversial moral and political issue, and it would not be fully resolved in England until six years later, when Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act. With Captive Slave, Simpson dared to take on this contentious subject. As the model for his “slave,” the artist posed Ira Aldridge, the free-born son of a lay preacher in New York, who would go on to have an important career on the London stage. Here Aldridge’s expressive upward gaze conveys a yearning for freedom in an image that both speaks to the historical moment and transcends it.

John Philip Simpson
English, 1782–1847

The Captive Slave, 1827


In 1827, when the English portrait painter John Simpson exhibited this heroic image of a manacled man, he was making a bold statement. The slave trade was still a controversial moral and political issue, and it would not be fully resolved in England until six years later, when Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act. With Captive Slave, Simpson dared to take on this contentious subject. As the model for his “slave,” the artist posed Ira Aldridge, the free-born son of a lay preacher in New York, who would go on to have an important career on the London stage. Here Aldridge’s expressive upward gaze conveys a yearning for freedom in an image that both speaks to the historical moment and transcends it.

July 16, 2014
Wayne McKenzie Summer Skies

Wayne McKenzie Summer Skies

July 15, 2014
Thomas Woodruff

Thomas Woodruff

July 15, 2014
Thomas Woodruf

Thomas Woodruf

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