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Taddeo di Bartolo

Taddeo di Bartolo (b Siena, ?1362-3; d Siena, after 28 Aug 1422). Italian painter. Taddeo, son of the barber Bartolo di Mino, was under 25 in 1386 when he was first recorded, painting statuettes of angels for the new choir-stalls in Siena Cathedral. In 1388-9 he was a counsellor to the Cathedral Works and in 1389…

Stefano Della Bella

Stefano Della Bella (born Florence, 17 May 1610; died Florence, July 1664). Italian etcher and draughtsman, active also in France. He was a prolific artist: 1052 prints are described in the catalogue raisonn? (de Vesme; rev. Massar, 1971) and thousands of his drawings are in public and private collections. He was one of the greatest…

Stefan Lochner

Born 1400, Meersburg am Bodensee, Bishopric of Constancedied 1451, Cologne, German painter. Nothing is known of his early life, but he may have studied in the Netherlands before settling in Cologne 1430, for Flemish influence is evident in his attention to minute details. Jan van Eyck’s influence is seen in The Adoration of the Magi,…

Simeon Solomon

Born London, 9 Oct 1840; d London, 14 Aug 1905. Brother of (1) Abraham Solomon. He possessed by far the greatest artistic talent of the family. Having lost his father in early childhood, he looked to his brother (1) Abraham Solomon both as substitute father and artistic mentor. He attended F. S. Cary’s Academy in…

Sidney Sime

Sidney Sime (1867 – 22 May 1941, often SH Sime) was an English artist in the late Victorian and succeeding periods, mostly remembered for his fantastic and satirical artwork, especially his story illustrations for Irish author Lord Dunsany. Sime was born in Manchester in poverty. After a five-year career in the mines, including as a “scoop…

Serafino Macchiati

Stained Serafino was born in Camerino January 17, 1861. Student of Busi in Bologna, after having traveled a lot, abandoned painting for the activity of illustrator, working for “La Tribuna Illustrated.” Since 1898, he settled in Paris and while not abandoning the graphic work, he began to paint. He devoted himself to the landscape and the…

Sandro Botticelli

Botticelli’s ninety wonderful illustrations to Dante’s Divine Comedy represent (among other things) one of the greatest missed opportunities in the annals of British art collecting. Originally created in Florence in the 1490s and subsequently given by their first owner, a member of the Medici family, to the King of France, these masterpieces of Renaissance draughtsmanship…

Samuel Colman

Samuel Colman (March 4, 1832 – March 26, 1920) was an American painter, interior designer, and writer, probably best remembered for his paintings of the Hudson River. Born in Portland, Maine, Colman moved to New York City with his family as a child. His father opened a bookstore, attracting a literate clientele that may have influenced…

Salvator Rosa

Salvator Rosa was born in Naples on July 21, 1615. He first studied painting with his uncle, Domenico Greco, then with Jusepe de Ribera, and finally with Aniello Falcone. In 1640, after spending some time in Rome, Rosa moved to Florence, where he worked as a painter for the Medici court. In Florence he met…

Rosso Fiorentino

Born in Florence with the red hair that gave him his nickname, Rosso first trained in the studio of Andrea del Sarto alongside his contemporary, Pontormo. In late 1523, Rosso moved to Rome, where he was exposed to the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, and other Renaissance artists, resulting in the realignment of his artistic style. Fleeing…

Richard Teschner

Richard Teschner (March 21 or 22 March 1879 in Karlsbad , Austria-Hungary , 4 July 1948 in Vienna) was an artist of the Vienna Art Nouveau and puppeteer , the art of Javanese myths theater on the European rendered world. The son of a printer grew Leitmeritz and studied from 1896 to 1899 at the Academy…

Richard Roland Holst

Dutch painter, printmaker, illustrator, writer and stained-glass artist. He trained at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (1886-90), under the directorship of August Alleb?. Having initially painted and drawn Impressionistic landscapes, he started working in the ‘t Gooi region in 1892, where, influenced by Vincent van Gogh and Jan Toorop, he made a number of Symbolist drawings…

Richard Dadd

Dadd was born at Chatham, Kent, England, the son of a chemist. His aptitude for drawing was evident at an early age, leading to his admission to the Royal Academy of Arts at the age of 20. He was awarded the medal for life drawing in 1840. With William Powell Frith, Augustus Egg, Henry O’Neil…

Pieter Claesz

He was born in Berchem, Belgium, near Antwerp, where he became a member of the Guild of St. Luke in 1620. He moved to Haarlem in 1621, where his son, the landscape painter Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem was born. He and Willem Claeszoon Heda, who also worked in Haarlem, were the most important exponents of the…

Philip James De Loutherbourg

Alsatian painter, illustrator and stage designer, active in France and England. Loutherbourg’s father, Philipp Jakob (1698-1768), was an engraver and miniature painter to the court of Darmstadt. In 1755 he took his family to Paris, where Loutherbourg became a pupil of Carle Vanloo; he also attended Jean-Georges Wille’s engraving academy in the Quai des Augustins…

Peter Nicolai Arbo

Peter Nicolai Arbo (June 18, 1831 – October 14, 1892) was a Norwegian historical painter, who specialized in painting motifs from Norwegian history and images from Norse mythology. He is above all noted for Åsgardsreien, a dramatic motif based on a Norwegian folk legend and Valkyrie, which depicts a female figure from Norse mythology.  Peter…

Paul Delaroche

Painter and sculptor, son of Gregoire-Hippolyte Delaroche. Though he was offered a post in the Bibliotheque Nationale by his uncle, Adrien-Jacques Joly, he was determined to become an artist. As his brother Jules-Hippolyte was then studying history painting with David, his father decided that Paul should take up landscape painting, and in 1816 he entered…