This drawing is of a 18th century high society English woman wearing all the in vogue styles of the time.
Observing and sketching high-dressed and fashionable ladies strolling through St. James’ Park in London was an important preparatory step for Thomas Gainsborough. Though the commission for King George III of England was never executed, many drawings remain, including this one from the britishmuseum.
A writer’s tools might include an inkwell and papyrus scrolls or less expensive wax tablets and stylus. The tablets could also be bound and they could be erased with the flat end of the stylus. Papyrus was made of the pith of a water plant; ink was a mixture of soot, resin, wine dregs and cuttlefish.
Roman Terracotta Inkwell (1st or 2nd Century A.D.)
Roman/Egyptian Papyrus Letter (early 3rd Century A.D.)
A peek beneath the skin. Anatomy for your Thursday.
Tabvla libri IIII. from Vivae imagines partivm corporis hvmani aereis formis expressae, 1566, Frans Huys, Pierre Huys and Andreas Vesalius. Getty Research Institute. Votive Statuette, 4th century B.C., Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum. Surgical anatomy, 1851, Joseph Maclise. Getty Research Institute. Male figure with skin removed from Vivae imagines partivm corporis hvmani aereis formis expressae, 1566, Andreas Vesalius. Getty Research Institute.
This Romano-Egyptian mummy portrait is expressive, detailed and incredibly informative about fashion during the Flavian dynasty. Her hoop earrings look similar in shape to these with heads of maenads (female followers of the Greek god of wine).
Everybody seems pretty nonchalant for seeing Saint Lawrence enduring torture on a flaming grill. But don’t worry, this bright and detailed illumination depicts God welcoming his soul into heaven with open arms.
Meet Tama, the Japanese dog! Henri Cernuschi, Tama’s owner, traveled throughout East Asia for three years and brought back more than this little cutie from his travels. Cernuschi’s collection of Asian art was so extensive that he used it to found the Musée Cernuschi in Paris. Tama, however, must have rivaled some of his owner’s most cherished art treasures, because Cernuschi commissioned none other than Edouard Manet to paint the dog’s astute portrait, which is now on view in Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art!
Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883), Tama, the Japanese Dog, c. 1875, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
"Ruff ruff, Tama!"
(This pooch is 100 years older than Manet’s Tama, but still looking sharp!)