July 24, 2017

Above: "The Pilgrims of Emmaus" by Veronese (Paolo Caliari), 1559. It is based on the bibical story where Jesus appears to two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus, and later has a meal with them.
Veronese used a patrician family from Venice as the subjects.

1 shows detail from "The Pilgrims of Emmaus" by Veronese (Paolo Caliari), 1559.

2 is "Liberty Leading the People" by Eugène Delacroix, 1830, symbolizing liberty during the first French Revolution of 1789–94.

3 is "Napoléon on the Battlefield of Eylau" by Antoine-Jean Gros, 1808.

4 is "Roger Delivrant Angelique" by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1819.

5 is "Atala at the Tomb" or "Funeral of Atala" by Anne-Louise Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, 1808. It is based upon "Atala, ou Les Amours de deux sauvages dans le désert",
an 1801 novella by François-René de Chateaubriand who attempted to condemn the idea of Indian as noble savages. Christian girl Atala falls in love with Indian Chactas, but
cannot marry him as she has taken a vow of chastity. In despair she takes poison. Chactas is filled with anger until the missionary tells them that in fact Christianity
permits the renunciation of vows. They tend her, but she dies, and the day after the funeral, Chactas leaves the mission.

6 to 7 is "The Coronation of Napoléon" by Jacques-Louis David, 1805-1807. Great painting, but it changed reality to enhance the greatness of Napoléon, such as his mother
Maria Letizia Ramolino being placed prominently in the stands, who did not attend the ceremony to protest the friction of Napoleon with his brothers Lucien and Joseph,
and the painter also inserted himself. The Pope Pius VII attended and blessed the coronation, but the painting depicts him having a larger role annointing the ceremony.

8 and 9 is a mosaic floor from the 4th century A.D. near Antioch, "The Seaons, Hunting Scenes".

11 is the romantic sculpture "Amor and Psyche" by Antonio Canova, 1793. It is a 2nd century AD story by Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis (or Platonicus), concerning concerns the overcoming of obstacles to the love between Psyche (Soul) and Amor (Love) and their ultimate union in marriage.

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