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1500s

In 204 BC the Romans brought the cult of Cybele,
the eastern goddess of victory, from Pessina,
Asia Minor, to Rome. Mantegna has combined the
accounts of Ovid, Livy & Appian. Cybele is
represented by her sacred stone
- 'she fell to
earth as a meteor' - ...

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Art  - The Introduction of the Cult of Cybele at Rome
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Art  - Mirror Detail from The Arnolfini Portrait Print National Gallery art
Close-ups

This work is a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao
Arnolfini & his wife Giovanna Cenami, but is not
intended as a record of their wedding. His wife is
not pregnant, as is often thought, but holding
up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary
fashion. Arnolfini was a member of a merchant
family from Lucca living in Bruges. The couple are
shown in a well-appointed ...

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National Gallery art
1500s

This picture & the other ' Massacre of the
Innocents' in the Collection by the same artist
are probably fragments from a single work. Details
of the work are taken from Mantegna's engravings
of ' The Entombment' & ' Bacchanal with a
Wine-press'. Some details recur (with variations)
in Mocetto's engravings ' The Killing of the Sow'
& ' The Altar of Sacrifice' ...

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Art  - The Massacre of the Innocents with Herod Print
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Art  - The Conversion of Saint Hubert: Left Hand Shutter National Gallery art
1400s

This painting by a Cologne artist, together with
' The Mass of Saint Hubert' was one of the inside
shutters of an altarpiece from the Benedictine
Abbey at Werden, near Cologne. The outside
shutters, depicting various saints, are also in
the National Galler ...

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National Gallery art
1600s

The painting is an accurate view of the nave &
north aisle of the Oude Kerk taken from near the
south entrance to the church. At the top of the
central window is the coat of arms of the city of
Amsterdam: three white crosses of Saint Andrew on
black ground flanked by red bands. The
congregation sits around the pulpit which is
attached to one of the columns ...

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Art  - The Martyrdom of Saint Januarius National Gallery art
1600s

Saint Januarius, Bishop of Benevento & patron of
Naples, was beheaded near Pozzuoli about AD 305.
The executioner stands behind the saint & an angel
descends with a palm of martyrdom. The painting is
presumably the modello for the large altarpiece in
S ...

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National Gallery art
1600s

For the subject of this fresco (now transferred
to canvas mounted on board) see Ovid, '
Metamorphoses' (10). Cyparissus, beloved by
Apollo, accidentally killed a favourite stag; he
was so distressed that he begged to be allowed to
mourn for ever, & was t ...

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Art  - The Transformation of Cyparissus
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Art  - The Marquise de Seignelay and Two of her Sons National Gallery art
1600s

Catherine-Therese de Matignon Thorigny (1662
-
1699) married Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Colbert
(1651
- 1690), Marquis de Seignelay in 1679.
He was the eldest son of the great Colbert &
immensely wealthy. The marriage produced five
sons. The marquise was wido ...

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National Gallery art
1400s

Side panels of the Virgin's life: Left: her
birth
- Saint Joachim's offering rejected; an
Angel appears to him; the Meeting at the Golden
Gate; the Birth of the Virgin. Right:
miracles
- Helsinus saved from shipwreck; he
preaches celebration of the Immacu ...

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Art  - The Marriage of Saint Catherine of Siena National Gallery art
1400s

On the left are Saint Dominic & Saint Catherine.
On the right kneels an unnamed Dominican beatus,
probably the Blessed Costanzo da Fabriano (died
1481 or 1482). The standing saint is Augustine.
After death, the Blessed Constanzo's head was
transferred to ...

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The Three Kings have sought out the Child Jesus
in the stable where he was born. They bear gifts
(gold, frankincense & myrrh) & have journeyed
from the East. New Testament (Matthew 2: 10-12).
The stable at Bethlehem is attached to the ruins
of a great ...

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Art  - Virgin and Child detail from The Adoration of the Kings
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  - The Water-Lily Pond Poster National Gallery
Monet: The Water Lily Pond Art Prints & Gifts

This poster print features Claude-Oscar Monet's
The Water-Lily Pond. In 1883 Monet moved from the
north-west of Paris to Giverny where he lived
until his death. Adjacent to his property was a
small pond which he acquired in 1893, where he
created a water garden with an arched bridge in
the Japanese style. The simple design of this
painting with the close-up ...

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