Sunday, June 18, 2017


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Anthony van Dyck, Saint Jerome, 1618-1620. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Loan: Willem van der Vorm Foundation. Photo: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam
Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyck's five foot tall "Saint Jerome" hangs in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Painted loosely and boldly, the image portrays a virtuous monk draped in scarlet red, at study with an angel over his shoulder and a lion at his foot. Jerome is best known for translating the New Testament text to Latin and for having drawn a thorn from the paw of a lion who stayed with him for years. Beginning this month, the Rotterdam museum is showing Van Dyck's "Saint Jerome" and 500 other works from their collection in a newly designed display. The painter died in 1641 at age 42, and left behind a generous inheritance for his two daughters, one by his wife and the other by a mistress. On this Father's Day, we honor Anthony Van Dyck, a painter of religious virtues who struggled with his own.
Self-portrait with a sunflower is a 1632–33 self-portrait by Anthony van Dyck. It is now in the private collection of the Duke of Westminster.
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Amida Buddha with Attending Bodhisattvas Japan, Edo period, late 18th century Wood with gold, pigment, metal, and headstones, 22 x 18 x 9 in. San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown, 2013.38.262 Photography by Peggy Tenison
Lucio Fontana, “Crocifisso” (1955–57), polychrome ceramics, 17 x 14 x 4 1/3 in (© Fondazione Lucio Fontana, by SIAE 2017, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Paris, St Moritz; photo by Saša Fuis, Cologne)
Rama returns in victory to Ayodhya, Pahari (Punjab Hills), Kangra, c.1780-1790 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.
Anila Quayyum Agha (b. 1965), All the Flowers Are for Me (Red), laser-cut lacquered steel and lightbulb, 60x60x60 in, Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art, 2017.7
Carole P. Kunstadt, Sacred Poem XI, 2015, 24 karat gold leaf, paper, thread, gampi tissue, 7.5 x 8 x1.5in