Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: M.C. Escher


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist of the Op Art movement, M.C. Escher [Dutch, 1898-1972] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Escher_M_C

The Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898–1972) was a draftsman, book illustrator, tapestry designer, and muralist, but his primary work was as a printmaker. Born in Leeuwarden, Holland, the son of a civil engineer, Escher spent most of his childhood in Arnhem. Aspiring to be an architect, Escher enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. While studying there from 1919 to 1922, his emphasis shifted from architecture to drawing and printmaking upon the encouragement of his teacher Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita. In 1924 Escher married Jetta Umiker, and the couple settled in Rome to raise a family. They resided in Italy until 1935, when growing political turmoil forced them to move first to Switzerland, then to Belgium. In 1941, with World War II under way and German troops occupying Brussels, Escher returned to Holland and settled in Baarn, where he lived and worked until shortly before his death.


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Three Spheres I

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Three Worlds

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Air and Water I

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Fifth Day of the Creation

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Natalia Gontcharova


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist of the Cubist movement, Natalia Gontcharova [Russian, 1881-1962] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Gontcharova_Natalia

Natalia Sergeevna Gontcharova (Russian: Наталья Сергеевна Гончарова; June 4, 1881 – October 17, 1962) was a prominent Russian avant-garde artist (Cubo-Futurism), painter and costume designer. Her great-aunt was Natalia Pushkina, wife of the poet Alexander Pushkin.


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Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest

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The Cyclist

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Picking Apples

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Pillars of Salt

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Fra Carnevale


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 15th Century artist, Fra Carnevale [Italian, c.1445-1484] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Fra_Carnevale

Fra Carnevale (active in Florence, 1445; died in Urbino, 1484), Bartolomeo Corradini, was an Italian painter. On 28 November 1445 he was described as a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi. He was active in his home town of Urbino by 1451, when he received payments on behalf of the syndics of S Domenico for the doorway and glazed terracotta lunette commissioned from Maso di Bartolommeo and Luca della Robbia in Florence. He was absolved from painting an altarpiece in 1456. From 1461 he was parish priest at San Cassiano di Cavallino, near Urbino, but he appears to have been active in Urbino, where in 1467 he received payments for an altarpiece of the Birth of the Virgin for S Maria della Bella. This was his most famous work, which Vasari said influenced Bramante. The picture was confiscated by Cardinal Antonio Barberini in 1631 and has been identified with two panels from his collection (New York, Met., and Boston, MA, Mus. F.A.). Carnevale is listed in a later memoria among the engineers and architects of Federigo II da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino.


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Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

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Madonna and Child

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The Annunciation

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The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Gentile Massi


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 15th Century artist, Gentile Massi [Italian, 1370?-?1427] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Massi_Gentile

Italian painter in the International Gothic style. Originally named Gentile di Niccolò di Giovanni di Massio, he was named after his birthplace, Fabriano in the Marches. He carried out important commissions in several major Italian art centres and was recognized as one of the foremost artists of his day, but most of the work on which his great contemporary reputation was based has been destroyed. It included frescos in the Doges’ Palace in Venice (1408) and for St John Lateran in Rome (1427). In between he worked in Florence, Siena, and Orvieto.


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Presentation of Christ in the Temple

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Four Saints of the Poliptych Quaratesi

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Pilgrims at the Tomb of St Nicholas of Bari

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The Adoration of the Magi