This painting is likely based upon a famous photograph of Robert E. Lee in profile. Robert Edward Lee (1807 - 1870) is best known as the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Though he achieved enduring fame as a tactician, some military historians have criticized his strategic decisions. After the war, Lee served as president of Washington College (later Washington and Lee University) and supported President Andrew Johnson's program of Reconstruction, while, however, opposing the proposal to give freed slaves the vote. His popularity continued to rise after his death in 1870 and today he still remains...
Created by: Guillaume, L.M.D.
One of the most prominent artists of the latter Hudson River School painters, Bierstadt exemplified the American ideal: the immigrant who came to American and became a self-made success. Born in Prussia in 1830, Bierstadt arrived in America at the age of 2. Though self-taught and having only a rudimentary knowledge of painting, he began offering art lessons in 1851. He managed to make enough money to study in Dusseldorf for 3 years, and then returned to America, signing on with an early geological survey trip to the Rocky Mountains. With thousands of watercolor sketches of previously unrecorded sights in hand, he set up a studio in New...
Created by: Bierstadt, Albert
It takes a relatively self-confident sculptor to memorialize in bronze the artist widely considered one of the two greatest sculptors of all time. Fortunately, Paul Paulin had friendship on his side when he modeled artistic titan Auguste Rodin, even though he kept his day job. Born in Chamaliers, France on July 13, 1852, Paulin took the sensible route into adulthood and became a prominent dentist in Paris. But his passion for art led him to pursue a secondary career as a sculptor, modeling and casting bronze portrait busts of his many artistic friends, including the great Rodin. Paulin was closest...
Created by: Paulin, Paul
Francesco was the son of the Italian painter and architect of the neo-classical period Giovanni Panini (1691-1765), and, like the father who taught him, became best known as one of the vedusti, or view painters. Like the better-known Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (1697 1768), who was also influenced by Giovanni, he also reproduced spectacular views of Italys great cities, doing for Rome what Canaletto accomplished in Venice. These vedute were popular as pictorial souvenirs among young men and women doing their "Grand Tour" of Europe. This particular drawing, done with chalk, watercolor, and pen and ink, depicts the famous Piazza San Pietro designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini from...
Created by: Panini, Francesco