“He was an astute follower of the Venetian school of artists and his works reflect their influence. He was considered to be a person of great personal piety and known to prepare himself by prayer and fasting whenever he set out to produce any sacred art.”
Edouard Manet: Rebel in a Frock Coat
Beth Archer Brombert
“The weather turned fearful; someone who has not seen the sea as turbulent as we saw it cannot picture it; no one can imagine those mountains of water that surround you and suddenly engulf the whole ship, or the wind that makes the rigging whistle and is so powerful at times that the sails ahave to be hauled in…” “This physical experience of the sea’s violence may well account for the apparent shift of emphasis in one of his most striking paintings, “The battle of the kearsarge” in which the sea virtually displaces the subject of the naval engagement. Page 21
“The compulsion to identify Artemisia herself in every woman’s face she painted, despite the lack of consistence amoung the faces in these images, may well be influenced by genered preconceptions.” Page 1
“A related gender stereotype, female narcissism, lurks behind the suggestion that the young Artemisia, locked in a claustrophobic Roman household, became obsessed with her own features and painted them repeatedly.” page 12
The Artemisia Files: Artemisia Gentileschi for Feminists and Other Thinking edited by Mieke Bal
Mary D Garrard
The "Kearsarge" at Boulogne
Oil on Canvas 32 1/8 x 39 3/8 in.
During the Civil War, a corvette of the United States Navy, the Kearsarge, attacked and sank a Confederate vessel near the French coast in June 1864. The incident received much public attention in Europe and was the subject of Manet's first painting of a current event, "The Battle of the Kearsarge and the Alabama" (Philadelphia Museum of Art). Manet seems...