Friday, November 11, 2011

Divine Wisdom

Detail from Allegory of Strength and Wisdom by Paolo Veronese.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


John William Godward
oil on canvas 21 in. diameter

Reposted from the blog: underpaintings

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Upcoming Exhibition

The portrait of the child is by Moroni, who was featured in a previous post.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Attention on Sahasrara

Emile-Auguste Hublin,  Le chemin du marché, finistère,  59½  x  37¾  inches.
Though the woman is walking along a path, watching the view, and probably distracted by the child accompanying her, her attention must remain on the pot she is carrying on her head. 
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has likened this to the way our attention should always be on the Sahasrara (crown of the head), where we are connected to the Divine, even while fulfilling our daily duties, and though our attention may be assailed by distractions.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Leighton Museum

Frederic Lord Leighton crops up a fair bit in this blog, so here's a link to a post on the blog underpaintings about the restoration of his home, now a museum. 

Holman Hunt

William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), English - Bianca, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Sussex

Holman Hunt was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in English painting. 

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, 187 cm × 116 cm
Indian basil (tulsi) is considered a sacred plant by Hindus.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Jules Breton

Jeune Moissonneuse endormie sur des gerbes de ble, 1866, 14.25 x 18.25 inches.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Moretto da Brescia

Ritratto di dama in bianco, 1540 circa, detail, Washington National Gallery.

Ritratto di donna come sant'Agnese, 1540 circa, 88.5 x 71.5cm, collezione privata.

Alessandro Bonvicino (also Buonvicino) (1498 – December 22, 1554), more commonly known as Il Moretto da Brescia, was an Italian Renaissance painter of Brescia and Venice. 
His works display an internal oscillation between the traditions of the Venetian and Central Italian schools. Simultaneously he looked at the form and colour of Venetian artists such as Titian and Palma Vecchio (1480–1528) whilst his classicising, sweet intensity earned him the name 'Raphael of Brescia'.
Il Moretto is stated to have been a man of great personal piety, preparing himself by prayer and fasting for any great act of sacred art, such as the painting of the Virgin-mother.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Young Mother

Young Mother Contemplating her Child, William Bouguereau, Source: Sothebys

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Joan of Arc

Eugene Thirion, 1876
Jeanne d' Arc (detail)

St Joan was an incarnation of the dynamic feminine divine power (called Shakti, in India) which fearlessly combats evil.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Greg Spalenka

A digital artwork by the US artist Greg Spalenka.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Von Amerling

Elise Kreuzberger, 1837, 57 x 45 cm

Friedrich von Amerling (April 14, 1803 – January 14, 1887) was an Austro-Hungarian portrait painter in the court of Franz Josef. He was born in Vienna and was court painter between 1835 and 1880. With Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller he is one of the outstanding Austrian portrait painters of the 19th century.

The Goose Girl


Madonna Litta



Sistine Chapel

The Delphic Sybil

Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, detail

The word sibyl comes (via Latin) from the Greek word σίβυλλα sibylla, meaning prophetess.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Question Answered

The Answer is Bernardino Luini, a disciple of Leonardo DaVinci (See three posts back for the question). Thanks to ginamarie.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


The Virgin and Child with saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria.