Breviary of Mary of Savoy, Lombardy ca. 1430.
Chambéry, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 4, fol. 319v
Circle of Master of the Legend of the Magdalen
Martyrdom of Saint Ursula
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Aristotle with a Bust of Homer
Oil on canvas
143.5 x 136.5 cm
In this imaginary portrait of Aristotle, the Greek philosopher rests his hand reflectively on a bust of Homer, the epic poet of an earlier age. A medallion depicting Alexander the Great, whom Aristotle tutored, hangs from the gold chain. This extravagant decoration must be an award for service and recalls the gold chains that princely patrons gave to Titian, Rubens, and Van Dyck. It is generally supposed that Aristotle is contemplating the worth of worldly success as opposed to spiritual values. The gestures of the hands, accentuated by the cascading sleeves, and the shadows playing over Aristotle’s brow and eyes support this interpretation.
Portrait of a Lady, Called Elizabeth, Lady Tanfield, 1615.
James Tissot (French, 1836-1902), At the Louvre, 1883-85. Oil on canvas, 144.4 x 100 cm.
The Cupid Seller, 1763 - Joseph Marie Vien
ca. 1757 Izabella Poniatowska Branicka by Marcello Bacciarelli (Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocławiu - Wrocławia Poland)
Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte
Portrait of a Woman, perhaps Madame Claude Lambert de Thorigny (Marie Marguerite Bontemps), Detail.
by Nicolas de Largillière (1656-1746)
Knut Ekwall, The Fisherman and the Siren
September 1st: Welcome, welcome to another year at Hogwarts!
…I could’ve been using my uni.’s free fucking wifi alllll this time. ;w;