The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal. 2012.

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Tim is relaxing with his family in the kitchen of his large, rural (second) home. His business partner (in yellow) has just told him that he is now an extremely wealthy man, as they have sold their software business to Richard Branson. On the table is a still life demonstrating the cultural bounty of his affluent lifestyle.

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Grayson Perry.

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Saint Sebastian Cured by Irene. 1665.

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Luca Giordano. 1634 – 1705.

Musée ou collection : Philamuseum.

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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.

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Gallery of the Louvre, 1831–1833.

“There were no museums here, as yet, in the 1830s, and no color representations of paintings.”

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Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872)

Terra Foundation for American Art.

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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.

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Tommies Bathing, 1918.

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.

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John Singer Sargent (American. 1856–1925)

Aquarelle et graphite. Metmuseum.

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