Daguerreotype (6th plate) from around 1850
Monday, February 22, 2010
Casper van Wittel (Amersfoort, 1653 – Rome, 1736): The Tiber near the Porto di Ripa Grande in Rome. Painted in circa 1711. Location: Galleria dell'Accademia di San Luca, Rome.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Cabinet cards were a larger version of CDVs. Almost twice as big, a cabinet card measured 4½ by 6½ inches. They supplanted the cartes de visite by the early 1870s. The larger size and greater detail appealed to the public, and they were frequently taken at Christmas time to send to friends and family. Cabinet cards remained popular until Kodak introduced home snapshot photography in the early twentieth century.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Family Portret by Anthon van Dyck (1599-1641)
In 2009 I visited the famous Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. For me this painting was one of the highlights. It is painted in circa 1621 by Anthon van Dyck. It is possible that the family is that of the landscape painter Jan Wildens. Look at the gaze of the man and the woman.
Self-portrait painted in 1641. He died shortly afterwards.
Anthony van Dyck was born in Antwerp. He became famous in England where he became the leading court painter.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
A horse train pulling a gun carriage during the Crimean War. Roger Fenton, 1855.
A model of a 1850 Swedish horse-drawn artillery on display at the Army Museum in Stockholm.