Sunday, April 12, 2015

Flemish School - Saint James The Greater Surrounded By Demons, 17th Century

Flemish School - Saint James The Greater Surrounded By Demons, 17th Century "The story is taken from the life of Saint James the Greater as told in the Golden Legend by Jacopo da Voragine1, and is associated with a sort of magical competition between the Saint and the sorcerer Hermogenes. Saint James had returned to Judea from Spain, and was confronted by a certain Philetus, a follower of Hermogenes, who was sent by the latter to discredit Saint James as a false prophet to the Jewish populace. However, Philetus himself was converted, which so enraged Hermogenes that he used his magical powers to torment his erstwhile disciple and dispatched demons to fetch Saint James to him. The creatures, however, were powerless against the Saint, and Hermogenes himself, ultimately became a Christian. Here the moment is depicted in which Philetus, kneeling at the altar on the left, has already been converted, and the furious magician has just sent his infernal monsters, which surround an unyielding Saint James."

- quote and artwork found at Soethbys.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Jacob Isaaczs van Swanenburg

Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburgh - Sybil and Aeneas in the Underworld, ca 1600Sybil and Aeneas in the Underworld, 1600

Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburg - The Last Judgment and the Seven Deadly Sins, 1600 - 1638The Last Judgment and the Seven Deadly Sins, 1600 - 1638

Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburg - The Harrowing of Hell, 16th-17th centuryThe Harrowing of Hell, 16th-17th century

Jacob Isaaczs van Swanenburg - The Harrowing of Hell, 16th-17th centuryThe Harrowing of Hell, 16th-17th century

Jakob Isaacsz van Swanenburg - L'enferL'enfer

Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburg - Temptation of Saint AnthonyTemptation of Saint Anthony

Jacob Isaaczs van Swanenburg - The Sibyl showing Aeneas the UnderworldThe Sibyl showing Aeneas the Underworld

I've been obsessed with the top image depicting Sybil and Aeneas in the Underworld from childhood, I discovered it in a book in my father's library titled "Fantastic Art" published by Ballantine Books in 1973. This is the book that introduced me to artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Brueghel, Matthias Grunewald, Arcimboldo, Salvatore Rosa, Goya, John Martin, Thomas Hafner, Dado, and many other artists that have had a lifelong impact and inspiration on my own art over the years. And coincidentally, several artists that I've recently shared on Monster Brains.  I'm thankful for the photo of the painting taken by Ilja van de Pavert. 

The last time I ran a proper post on Swanenburg was in 2007.

Jan Brueghel

Jan Brueghel The Elder - Christ in Limbo, 1594Jan Brueghel The Elder - Christ in Limbo, 1594

Jan Brueghel The Elder - Christ in Limbo, 1593Jan Brueghel The Elder - Christ in Limbo, 1593

Jan Brueghel The Elder - Orpheus Sings for Pluto and Proserpina, 1594Jan Brueghel The Elder - Orpheus Sings for Pluto and Proserpina, 1594

Jan Brueghel The Elder and Hans Rottenhammer - Christ in Limbo, 1597Jan Brueghel The Elder and Hans Rottenhammer - Christ in Limbo, 1597

Jan Brueghel The Elder - Aeneas and Sibyl in the Underworld, 1594Jan Brueghel The Elder - Aeneas and Sibyl in the Underworld, 1594

Jan Brueghel The Elder - Aeneas and Sibyl in the Underworld, 1600Jan Brueghel The Elder - Aeneas and Sibyl in the Underworld, 1600

Jan Brueghel The Elder - Aeneas and Sibyl in the Underworld, 1601Jan Brueghel The Elder - Aeneas and Sibyl in the Underworld, 1601

Jan Brueghel The Elder - AENEAS AND THE SIBYL IN THE UNDERWORLD, 1598Jan Brueghel The Elder - Aeneas and the Sibyl in the Underworld, 1598

Jan Brueghel the Younger - Aeneas and the Sibyl in the Underworld, 1630'sJan Brueghel the Younger - Aeneas and the Sibyl in the Underworld, 1630's

Jan Brueghel The Elder - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1594Jan Brueghel The Elder - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1594

Jan_Brueghel The Elder - The Temptation of Saint AnthonyJan Brueghel The Elder - The Temptation of Saint Anthony

Jan Brueghel The Elder - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1594 (detail 1)Jan Brueghel The Elder - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1594

Jan Brueghel The Elder - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1594 (detail 2)Jan Brueghel The Elder - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1594 (detail)

Jan Brueghel the Younger - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, after 1626Jan Brueghel the Younger - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, after 1626

Detail views of The Temptation of Saint Anthony found thanks to Karl Steel.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Friday, April 03, 2015

Salvator Rosa - Scenes of Witchcraft, 1645-49

Salvator Rosa - Scene with Witches - 
Morning, 1645-1649Scene with Witches - Morning, 1645-1649

Salvator Rosa - Scene with Witches - Day, 1645-1649Scene with Witches - Day, 1645-1649

Salvator Rosa - Scene with Witches - Evening, 1645-1649Scene with Witches - Evening, 1645-1649

Salvator Rosa - Scene with Witches - Night, 1645-1649Scene with Witches - Night, 1645-1649

These four paintings of witchcraft by Salvator Rosa are currently on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art until June 14th, 2015.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Frans Francken

Frans Francken - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1605 The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1605
 Francken, Frans II - Witches' Kitchen, 1606Frans Francken II - Witche's Kitchen, 1606
 Frans Francken - Hexenküche , 1606Hexenküche , 1606

Workshop of Frans Francken the Younger - Hexenküche, 17th c Workshop of Frans Francken the Younger - Hexenküche, 17th c
 Frans Francken - Hexenküche, 17th cHexenküche, 17th c
 Frans Francken - Hexensabbath, 1610Hexensabbath, 1610
 Frans Francken - Homagium an den Teufel, 17th c Homage to the Devil, 17th c

Painting of Hell by Unknown Artist, 16th c

Unknown Artist - Hell, First decade of the 16th century (?) Artwork found at The Hermitage Museum.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dado (Miodrag Đurić)

Dado - The Child and the Rats, 1967The Child and the Rats, 1967

Dado - CompositionComposition

Dado - Untitled, 1967Untitled, 1967

Dado - Untitled, 1969Untitled, 1969

Dado - La Rebellion de Pancraisse, 1968, The Rebellion of Pancraisse, 1968

Dado - The Studio, 1971The Studio, 1971

Dado -  Owery Baby I, 1977 Bowery Baby I, 1977

Dado - Baby Buffon, 1976 Baby Buffon

Dado - Hyde Park, 1977 Hyde Park

Dado - Bien assis, 1965 Bien assis, 1965

Wednesday, March 11, 2015