This sculpture is another of those originally intended for Rodin's uncompleted masterwork, The Gates of Hell. The term caryatid originally referred to the ''women of Carie'', enslaved by the Greeks because their region had supported the Persians in the war between the two powers, a war the Greeks won. The term was later applied to Greek temple columns which were carved into the figures of women supporting a portico roof. Rodin used this motif for a sculpture referring directly to a passage in Dante's La Divinia Commedia. While his usual inspirations for The Gates of Hell came from the Inferno,...
Created by: Rodin, Auguste
In the late 19th century, Americas most famous poet was undoubtedly Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Of all his poems, arguably the most popular was his epic tale of an Ojibwa hero, The Song of Hiawatha. Originally published in 1855, the book was an immediate and sustained best-seller and in 1888 Houghton Mifflin decided to publish a new edition with illustrations. Not yet 30, the young Remington received what was to be his first important commission - 22 paintings and nearly 400 text drawings to accompany the text. The illustrated editions publication in 1891 made his name a household word. This grisaille...
Created by: Remington, Frederic
While using the simplified lines and attention to material that were important hallmarks of Modernist sculpture, Elizabeth Catlett also strove to create works that emphasized both female and African-American empowerment. No languorous pose suggestive of Titans Venus of Urbino or Manets Olympia , Catletts Female Torso stands boldly erect, strong thighs suggestive of sustained forward movement with no allowance for impediments. As a young woman, Catlett won a competitive scholarship to Carnegie Institute of Technology, but was denied entrance because she was black. Instead, she received her B.A. at Howard University and became the first student to earn an...
Created by: Catlett, Elizabeth
Ferries had a particular nostalgic value for Kelly, reminding him of the ferry steamers of his native Auckland. When he found other ferry sites along the American seaboard and riverfronts, he couldn't resist painting them. He explained, "One sees these scenes of romantic dereliction in ones wanderings . . . They remind me too, of old corners of New Zealand seen as a boy. So it's almost second nature to paint them."
Created by: Kelly, Felix
The Texas bluebonnet is probably the only flower that has been brought to national awareness largely due to the work of a single painter Porfirio Salinas. Born on a stock farm in Bastrop, Texas, Salinas showed early artistic promise and, when only 15, was hired by artist Robert Wood to add the background bluebonnets to Wood's own landscapes. In 1963, Salinas became famous for his own landscapes when then Vice-President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed him his favorite artist. In 1973, Austin celebrated "Porfiro Salinas Day" in his honor, and in 1981, Bastrop held the first annual "Salinas Festival" celebrating bluebonnets...
Created by: Salinas, Porfirio