Lawrence Alma-Tadema - Spring; The Getty Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California; 1894
La Mano Poderosa— the Powerful Hand, also known as Las Cinco Personas. No doubt this is an image familiar to many of my followers, but it is always so striking to look at. The work of an anonymous artist of the 19th century, on display at the Brooklyn Museum.
“The Roads to Heaven and Hell … Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mat. II, 28 …”
Did anyone else notice:
a) That lady with her leg raised? Such risque behavior! I can see an ankle *crosses self*
b) “We only live once”— I guess this is the 19th century version of YOLO, eh
Jose Casado del Alisal - La Campana de Huesca; 1880
Legend tells of the monk-king Ramiro II, who succeeded the throne of Aragon after the death of his brother Alfonso I. At that time, Ramiro was Bishop of Roda de Isabena, and had no idea how to deal with the significant domestic and foreign problems of the state. In desperation he sends a herald to the abbot of his former monastery to seek his advice regarding the state’s troublesome nobles. The herald is shown to the garden, where he witnesses the abbot removing the heads of roses that stuck out from the rest; and the herald is bidden to tell the king what he has seen.
And so Ramiro summoned his nobles to the palace, informing them of his plan to build a bell whom everyone could hear; whereupon he cut off their heads, and built a circle with it, the chief noble’s head suspended from the clapper itself.
Coronation of Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, as King of Lombardy-Venetia; 1838, the work of Alessandro Sanquirico
The caption for this illustration in full: Incoronazione di S.M.I.R.A. Ferdinando I. a Re del Regno Lombardo – Veneto con sacra solenne pompa celebrate nell’ insigne metropna di Milano il VI settre MDCCXXXVIII, descritta e rappresentata dall’ architetto-pittore scenico Alessandro Sanquirico
Russian dinner menu, designed by Viktor Vasnetsov, for the Sacred Coronation of Sovereign Emperor Aleksander III and the Sovereign Empress Maria Feodorovna, in 1883.
Interior of the seventh Manila Cathedral, circa 1910 - 1930. The first Cathedral was built in 1581, and throughout the long years that followed, the Cathedral would be rebuilt on the same spot whenever disaster toppled it down. The seventh Cathedral stood from 1879 - 1945.
Scene from the Apocalypse, ca. 1829, by Francis Danby