anonymous asked:

Top 5 historical painting?

The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781 by John Singleton Copley. During the American Revolution the French, Spanish and Dutch mounted numerous attacks on the global British Empire outwith the Thirteen Colonies. One such attack involved a French invasion of the Channel Island of Jersey. In repelling the invasion of Jersey’s capital port, the British officer pictured, Major Peirson, suffered a mortal wound.

The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782 by John Singleton Copley. Another Franco-Spanish attack on an overseas British territory during the American Revolution, a vast force 100,000 men laid siege to the Rock of Gibraltar for almost 4 years, but were eventually repelled. 

The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West. During the Seven Years War British General James Wolfe delivered the fatal blow to French Canada by seizing Quebec in 1759. At the height of the fighting he was struck a mortal blow, dying the glorious military death he had always hungered for.

Cromwell at the Storming of Basing House by Earnest Crofts. An important siege during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, Cromwell’s forces stormed Basing House in 1645, destroying much of the royalist ‘idolatry’ they captured inside.

Scotland Forever by Lady Elizabeth Butler, depicting the famed, fatal charge of the British heavy cavalry, Scots Greys, during the battle of Waterloo. 

Obviously I’m leaving our portraiots or a certain cavalry officer would be in there…


"Messi" by Daniel Kliger

Oil on canvas. 18x24.

"Sport seems to me the best expression of modernism. It is a balance between war and art, competition and beauty. Lionel Messi, as one of our greatest footballers, is also our greatest warrior and our greatest artist. Here Messi finds himself in an impressionist landscape and under the more violent sky of a war painting like Benjamin West’s ‘The Death of General Wolfe.’"

Daniel Kliger lives in New York City, where he attends Columbia University. We’re delighted to be featuring “Messi” on AFR. [Posted by Eric]


More Art Monday: Halloween Costume Ideas

Searching for the perfect costume for this year’s party? Draw inspiration from our collection. Click the links for DIY tutorials to turn these masterpieces into wearable art. Tag yourself in an art-inspired costume with #philamuseum.

Armor for use on horseback in the field, c. 1505, Germany (Gift of Athena and Nicholas Karabots and The Karabots Foundation)

Knight costume

Mythological Narrative; Theseus with Slain Medusa in Foreground,” date unknown, Europe or America
Medusa costume

Saucer from a Place Setting,” 1966, designed by Roy Lichtenstein, made by Jackson China
Lichtenstein costume

Portrait of George Washington,” 1794, by Adolph Ulrich Wertmüller
George Washington costume

Arab Chief,” 1874, by Mariano Fortuny y Carbó
Pirate costume

Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen;” executed in wax 1878–81, cast in bronze after 1922; Edgar Degas
Ballerina costume

Portrait of Marie Antoinette,” c. 1790, attributed to Isaac Gosset
Marie Antoinette costume

Portrait of Camille Roulin,” 1888 or 1889, by Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh costume

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera,” 1932, by Carl Van Vechten
Frida Kahlo costume

Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky,” c. 1816, by Benjamin West
Benjamin Franklin costume