Category: painting

I skipped through this amazing Tumblr and I co…

I skipped through this amazing Tumblr and I couldn’t find any submission about Ludwig van Beethoven aww 🙁 so I thought I’d include him here.

I’m writing my first novel based on an specific part of his life. This is why I’ve researched Ludwig long and wide and I can’t help having a timeless crush on him! I think the best way to describe him is by sharing some bits of my investigation:

Beethoven was stocky and on the short side, with powerful shoulders. His complexion was brownish, and later a sickly yellow. He was hirsute and the hair on his head grew in thick black, and later gray, tufts of somewhat bristly texture. He had broad hands with short, spatulate fingers. His square face was topped by a rounded and high forehead. His jawbone was muscular and his chin quite prominent, with a pronounced cleft. He had bushy eyebrows, narrow eyelids, and small, piercing brown eyes that either rotated agitatedly upward or glazed into thoughtful stasis. His nose was flat and his mouth strong, with a slightly protruding lower lip. Usually his lips were set tightly closed, but when he laughed, perfect white teeth were revealed. The expression of his countenance could radiate, in rapid and unpredictable sequence, geniality, melancholy, or total oblivion of his surroundings.

Rochlitz was particularly impressed by Beethoven’s smaller but compelling eyes: “His eyes are restless, glowing, and, when his gaze is fixed, almost piercing; if they move at all, the movement is darting, abrupt. The expression of his countenance, especially of his eyes, so full of intelligence and life, is a mixture or a vacillation, sometimes in a flash, between shyness and the most sincere kindness. His whole bearing bespeaks that tension, that restless, careful listening of the deaf, that is so deeply touching… this is the man who has given happiness to millions – pure, spiritual happiness”.

The Changing Image of Beethoven: A Study in Mythmaking by Alessandra Comini

Rockel, a singer, wrote of a visit to Beethoven in 1806:

“[In his room] was placed the mighty bathing apparatus in which the Master was laving his powerful chest… and I had the opportunity of admiring his muscular system and sturdy bodily construction. To judge by the latter the composer might look forward to growing as old as Methuselah, and it must have taken a most powerful inimical influence to bring the strong column to so untimely a fall.”

“(…) My father (Stephan von Breuning) married a second time – married Constanze Ruschowitz, my mother. Beethoven was also very friendly toward her. He was drawn to women in general, very much enjoying their company. For a time she had the impression that Beethoven wanted to court her. He "chanced to meet her” with conspicuous regularity, and would then accompany her on her way, as for example to the “Kaiserbad” on the Danube, where she was going for her bath. She was not a little surprised when, coming out of the bath more than an hour later, Beethoven would be sitting gon a bench in front of the bathhouse, waiting to accompany her back to the Red House.

Beethoven’s heart was repeatedly “alight with flames of love”, but only in the context of marriage: “Bis ich Dich erlaubt mein nennen darf” (until I’m allowed to call you my own).

My mother sometimes said she couldn’t understand how women could find Beethoven attractive, since he was neither handsome nor elegant; he even looked unkempt and rather wild. My father would always answer: “And yet he’s always had good luck with the ladies”. It was the noble, elevated air about Beethoven that women sensed, whether in friendly or romantic relationships.

As soon as his face brightened in friendship all the winsomeness of childlike innocence spread over it. When he laughed you not only believed in him, but in all of humanity, he was so warm and genuine in word, gesture, and gaze.

The truth about Beethoven is that his basic personality traits were nobility of spirit, tender emotional responses alternating with quick flashes of temperament, distrust and retreat from the outer world and a love of sarcastic joking.

“From the Schwarzspanier House: My Boyhood Memories of Beethoven” by Dr. Gerhard von Breuning (son of Beethoven’s life-long Bonn friend, Stefan von Breuning)

**swoons for Ludwig** 

How Painter Mary Cassatt Defied Gender Norms a…

How Painter Mary Cassatt Defied Gender Norms and Became an Important Figure in Impressionism:

Learn more about this pioneering female painter who paved the way for women in the arts, thanks to a short biography published by The Met


Expert Claims To Have Uncovered Leonardo Da Vinci’s First Work

“The Archangel Gabriel,” a painted glazed tile, was signed and dated by an artist believed to be the 18-year-old Da Vinci. If this new find is authenticated, it would be DaVinci’s first painted work. 

Paintings by Hilma af Klint, the Swedish woman who found…

Paintings by Hilma af Klint, the Swedish woman who found abstraction before the modernists.



Artist Joseph A. Fleck in his studio, New Mexico

Photographer: T. Harmon Parkhurst
Date: 1925 – 1935?
Negative Number 073999

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Ginger Rogers painted by George Cattermole, 1937

 Kelemen Mikes was a Transylvanian-born Hungar…

 Kelemen Mikes was a Transylvanian-born Hungarian political figure and essayist, noted for his rebellious activities against the Habsburg Monarchy. Mikes is referred to as the “Hungarian Goethe”, made famous by his Letters from Turkey. Mikes went into exile with Ferenc RĂĄkĂłczi II, last prince of independent Transylvania. After the unsuccessful War of Independence (1703-11), in which he had endeavoured to liberate Hungary and Transylvania from the Habsburgs, the prince and his entourage spent some five years in France before in 1717 going to Turkey at the invitation of Sultan Ahmed III. Some of the party eventually left, but Mikes, like RĂĄkĂłczi, spent the rest of his life in Turkey.

Learning about him in school, I always thought he’s hot.

Julie D’Aubigny was the most badass bi bitch i…

Julie D’Aubigny was the most badass bi bitch in history. she’s my muse and also i wanna go back in time and make out with her.

General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornw…

General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis KG, PC (31 December 1738 – 5 October 1805) is a huge historic crush of mine. He’s also adored by a very good Twitter friend of mine and we affectionately refer to him as “Corny.”
Why do I love Corny so much? Firstly any man wearing 18th century redcoat uniform floats my boat. But I have a thing for older men who are on the chubby side too. 🙂 Corny deserves some love and to be remembered for more than being the British general who lost the American colonies. He was a nice chap too. He fell in love with Jemima Jones and married her in 1768. Read this bio of his life, which details the tragic death of his wife, folks it’s so sad:
This painting of him by John Singleton Copley is my fave. I love how chubby he is here. I like to imagine enjoying a brandy and cigar with him before he gives me the “best of British” in his bedchamber…tally ho!

What Did Vietnam Look Like In The Late 1800s?

This undated manuscript is a lovely example of traditional Chinese and Vietnamese cartography, with some western influences. Named “Comprehensive map of Vietnam’s provinces” (Việt Nam toĂ n tỉnh dÆ° đồ) it appears to have been painted around 1890.

Most of the map is in traditional Vietnamese and Chinese style. The map does not have a precise scale. It shows Vietnamese provincial organization loosely, with province names enclosed in red in the right places, but with no attempt at provincial borders. Almost every river mouth and estuary is named,

reflecting a traditional Vietnamese view of their land, Non Nước (Mountains and Water). It also has a lovely and traditional pictorial style, with mountains and rivers and even a “gate” at the border between Vietnam and China.

The map’s western elements are scant: the shapes of the Vietnamese coastline is fairly accurate, as is the Mekong River and the lake of Tonle Sap in Cambodia.