Sunday, April 27, 2014

On the Boardwalk

On the Boardwalk, Atlantic City (The Jersey Shore, ca 1908).

In the background the Young's Million Dollar Pier. Excerpt from a photo found on Shorpy.com.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Young Beauty (circa 1853)


1/9th-Plate Ambrotype of Young Beauty, Circa 1853

source: Lisby
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Jan van Eyck - The Arnolfini Portrait

Jan van Eyck - The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434 (National Gallery, London)

This painting by Jan van Eyck (1390-1441) depicts a wedding contract. The woman is not pregnant, but holding up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary fashion. The ornate Latin signature translates as 'Jan van Eyck was here 1434'. Note the shoes, the dog (symbol of loyalty), the peaches (15th century status symbol), the chandelier and the mirror.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dolores Costello


Dolores Costello (1903–1979), nicknamed 'The Goddess of the Silent Screen'.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rotterdam City Gates

Ooster Oude Hoofdpoort, Rotterdam, 1848. Build in 1598, demolished in 1856.


Westerse Nieuwe Hoofdpoort or Witte Poort, Rotterdam. Build in 1662-1666, demolished in 1854.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Prince Plon-Plon


Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte (1822–1891), Prince Français, Count of Meudon, Count of Moncalieri ad personam, titular 3rd Prince of Montfort, known as Prince Napoleon, or by his nickname 'Plon-Plon'. He was the second son of emperor Napoleon's elder brother Jérôme Bonaparte.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Alfred Stevens - The Painter and his Model

Alfred Stevens - The Painter and his Model (1855)

Alfred Stevens (1823-1906), a native of Brussels, spent much of his career in Paris where he was regarded as one of the most important recorders of the bourgeois and aristocratic levels of la vie moderne. In this early work, a young woman leans over the shoulder of an artist, presumably Stevens himself, who is regarding his unfinished canvas on the easel. Hanging in the background of the studio is a Flemish tapestry showing an Adoration scene.

collection: The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
source: gandalfsgallery.

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