“A Map of the United States,” from Catharine M. Cook’s Book of Penmanship, made in Windsor, Vermont, in 1818. Courtesy Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine
The he first “schoolgirl map” was made in 1823 by Frances Henshaw, a student at one of the best schools for girls in the young United States. The map came from Henshaw’s Book of Penmanship, which included details about geography and astronomy—comets, meridians, horizons, polar circles, and climate zones. The young girls drawing encompassed 19 states, copied from Carey’s American Pocket Atlas, from 1805, and Arrowsmith and Lewis’ Atlas, from 1812.
Harriet E. Baker’s map of Connecticut, made in 1819, in Windsor, Vermont. David Rumsey Map Collection
Susan Schulten an historian found and collected these maps made by school girls. The maps that Schulten was finding weren’t practical tools, though. Many lacked indications of scale, for instance. Instead, they showed off the mapmaker’s artistic skill and were opportunities to practice penmanship. The names of cities, rivers, and states, for example, might all be done in different lettering styles.
“Map of the northern part of the United States and the southern part of the Canadas,” by Mary Lucy Hall, made in 1814. Courtesy of the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine
Days after Banksy shocked the world by shredding his canvas Girl With Balloon (2006) with a built in shredder immediately after it sold for $1.3 million at Sotheby’s, the artist announced that the canvas and the frame it is still stuck in now comprise a new work, called Love is in the Bin (2018). The new work has been granted a certificate by Pest Control, Banksy’s authentication body, and will be on display at Sotheby’s New Bond Street saleroom this weekend.
“Banksy didn’t destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one,” Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art, Europe, said in a statement. “Following his surprise intervention on the night, we are pleased to confirm the sale of the artist’s newly-titled Love is in the Bin, the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction.”
The auction house also confirmed that the winning bidder from Friday night is proceeding with the purchase, but did not reveal the identity of the buyer, just that it is a “female European collector and a long-standing client of Sotheby’s.”
The unveiling of the portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama has created an unprecedented surge of interest in both portraitists, especially Amy Sherald, whose work was relatively new to the market before her commission.
For Sherald, a 44-year-old Baltimore painter who produces roughly a dozen works a year, the demand is so strong it’s basically blown up the waitlist for her paintings, which had been growing ever since demand spiked for the artist’s limited number of works, following her first solo show at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago in 2016.
“The ability to be the first African American painter to paint the first African American president of the United States,” said Wiley, “It doesn’t get any better than that.”
The Obamas were the first African American family in the White House, now they are the first African Americans in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of presidential portraits. The National Portrait Gallery was established in 1962, and is housed in the Old Patent Office Building in Washington’s Chinatown.
The inhabitants of the coast wore gold earrings with enamels white and black like amulets to exorcize the danger of pirates or gave to the churches as votive promises. This is for sure the primigenial blackamoor jewelry that anyway arrived in few years to the motherland.
Venetian Blackamoor jewelry is known as the most representative example of the typical Italian skill and handicraft that takes his roots in the history of the Venice Republic (“La Serenissima”): since the 16th century the antique moors have become symbols of Venetian goldsmith tradition and still, now they’re part of our culture and legacy
Even today, blackamoors are considered the most wanted and typical expression of Venetian jewelry: testimonials of this everlasting elegance have been icons of the 20th century as Grace Kelly, Ernest Hemingway, Liz Taylor, Barbara Hutton, Arthur Rubinstein and Elton John (cit. Wikipedia)
Exquisite artwork with jewels on black-faced images