Bertha Wegmann
 

Bertha Wegmann

Let me introduce you to Bertha Wegmann (1846–1926), who was a Danish portrait and landscape painter. She painted this in 1877, and it depicts her good friend Jenna Bauck. Bertha Wegmann painted about 20 portraits of Bauck, whom she met when they both stayed in Munich in the 1860s. While...
Bryan Kneale
 

Bryan Kneale

Bryan Kneale (born 1930) is primarily known as an abstract sculptor. However, I chose his “Self-Portrait” from 1955 for today’s featured image because of the tale he is telling. Without using words, we immediately know something about him. The subject’s gaze is contemplative yet wistful, with a touch of sadness...
Andrew Wyeth
 

Andrew Wyeth

It’s not surprising artists paint self-portraits. The subject is readily available, generally won’t complain about how much time it’s taking and is willing to follow along with crazy ideas. The results are interesting. Sometimes, when painters and photographers turn the canvas on themselves, the outcome is profound. How does one...
The Master of Santa Maria de Taüll
 

The Master of Santa Maria de Taüll

The Santa Maria de Taüll is a Romanesque church in the Catalan village of Taüll, located in the Valle de Boi (Lleida Province, Spain). It is one of the most notable examples of a totally painted Catalan Romanesque church still extant. The consecration of the church by the Bishop of...
Marjory C. Woodbury
 

Marjory C. Woodbury

Alas, while her illustrations proliferate on Pinterest, I cannot find any information about the life and work of Marjory C. Woodbury. What a shame. I’d love to know more about her. For now, I’ll have to let her work speak for itself. I’ve chosen several illustrations she made for Indian...
Carnevale di Venezia
 

Carnevale di Venezia

In New Orleans, the Mardi Gras krewe parades begin marching early in the year. They start slowly at first, once a week or so in January, and as Lent approaches they slowly ramp up to several each day. Thousands of tourists are lured to NOLA each year to party and play during...