Because of their association with the Mississippi River and Deep South, we sometimes forget that Robert Fulton made his first successful steamboat run from New York City to Albany. Kelly returned often to the Ticonderoga region of upstate New York where he could indulge his love for both neo-Gothic architecture and paddlewheelers. This nostalgic image calls to mind a passage from Henry Millers A Haunting Thing: "Slowly, like a white bird, the river boat glided past my vision, and in her wake the mist closed in, bearing down the sky, a fistful of frightened stars . . . the density...
Created by: Kelly, Felix
Globe, Terrestrial (16th or 17th Century) - one of a pair, the other being the Celestial Globe. Mounted on wooden stand. Made in Rome; dated 1636. Overall height (in stand) - 27 1/2". Overall diameter (in stand) - 26 1/4". Diameter of globe: 50 cm.
Created by: Greuter, Matthaus
Once Rodin chose Dantes Inferno as the inspiration for his massive The Gates of Hell, the story of Paolo and Francesca was a natural subject. The tale of the two ill-starred lovers was the 19th centurys favorite part of the epic. Francescas father was at war with the lord of Rimini. To secure peace, the two older men arranged a marriage between Francesca and Gianciotto, the others oldest son who was ugly and deformed. His family sent the handsome younger brother, Paolo, as proxy for the wedding ceremony. Francesca fell in love with him, but then realized she was wed...
Created by: Rodin, Auguste
It is impossible to list all of the achievements of Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826) in a short form. To list only a few, he was the 3rd President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom, the founder of the University of Virginia, and, just to mention a few other accomplishments, a horticulturist, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, inventor, diplomat, and statesman who held a number of major positions in government. This portrait by Eliphalet Andrews emphasizes his role as the chief author of the Declaration. From Ohio, but trained...
Created by: Andrews, Eliphalet F.
Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born January 21, 1824 and became probably the best known Confederate general after Robert E. Lee. Both his parents had died by the time he was 7, and Jackson and his sister were sent to live with an uncle. He was put to work on a farm and got little education, but was accepted at West Point in 1842. Beginning far behind the other students, he worked exceptionally hard to catch up, graduating 17 out of 59; fellow students said had he stayed another year, he would have graduated first. When the Civil War broke out...
Created by: Reinhardt, Benjamin F.