The conversion of Simon Peter has been one of the most popular subjects in Western art. His physical traits were based on a description by Eusebius of Caesarea from the 3rd or 4th century describing him as having short, curly hair, a short beard, and wrinkled features. Originally, Simon was a fisherman from Galilee. Jesus renamed him Kephas in Aramaic (Petros in Greek) because it meant rock and signified that he was founding his church with Peter: You are Kephas and on this rock I will build my church. The Catholic Church views Peter as the first bishop of Rome...
Created by: Pynas, Jan
Having achieved notable success and the financial security that attended it, in 1899 Remington bought a small island on the St. Lawrence River near Ogdensburg, New York in order to build a summer home. He remodeled a small cottage on the island, naming it Ingleneuk, and spent time there painting, writing, and enjoying favorite sports like canoeing, fishing, and swimming. By this time, he had also become friendly with leading American Impressionist Childe Hassam and was searching for new directions in his own art. Aware that critics sometimes faulted his handling of color, he decided to start his new approach...
Created by: Remington, Frederic
In Book V of The Odyssey Homer tells the story of Ulysses' (Odysseus in the original Greek) 8-year sojourn on Calypso's isle. Though Calypso, a nymph, is beautiful and loving and his life one of ease, the hero longs for his home on Ithaca and Penelope, the wife who awaits him there (though Homer also admits Ulysses had grown bored). Athena appeals to Zeus on his behalf, and Calypso is ordered to release Ulysses, which she does reluctantly, after pleading her case one last time. Large mythological scenes like this were very popular among Neo-Classical artists like Angelica Kauffmann, one...
Created by: Kauffmann, Angelica
In 1714, the French founded Natchitoches in northwest Louisiana, yet it was another 120 years before settles moved only 70 miles to the north. The cause of the delay was the Great Raft of the Red River. A massive log jam 160 miles long, the blockage was impassable, so thick in places that men rode horses over it. As pioneers moved into southwest Arkansas in the 1820s, there was an outcry for the river to be made navigable. After study, the U.S. Army declared it impossible to clear the raft, but an entrepreneur named Henry Miller Shreve saw a golden...
Created by: Hawthorne, Lloyd