Luca Giordano. 1634 – 1705.
Musée ou collection : Philamuseum.
Sebastian, a Roman soldier turned Christian, was stripped and shot with arrows for shielding Christian martyrs in defiance of the Emperor. He is shown here under the care of Saint Irene, who miraculously removed the arrows and healed his wounds.
“There were no museums here, as yet, in the 1830s, and no color representations of paintings.”
Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872)
Terra Foundation for American Art.
Les pionniers d’un art américain.
Samuel Morse, John Singleton Copley, Charles Peales, Gilbert Stuart.
“So he (Morse) was going to bring the culture of Europe — mainly the Renaissance Italian masterpieces in the Louvre collection — back to the United States for the benefit of his countrymen.” David McCullough, The Greater Journey : Americans in Paris.
In 1918, Sargent received a commission from the British government for a monumental painting commemorating the joint efforts of American and British troops during World War I. That summer, he traveled to the western front in the valley of the Somme in search of a subject. He painted a number of informal watercolors, including these sketches of British soldiers bathing.
John Singer Sargent (American. 1856–1925)
Aquarelle et graphite. Metmuseum.
The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An ambitious farewell to his career as an artist. Stymied by a lack of financial success, he abandoned painting for science and inventing.