1. oldbookillustrations:

Before we too into the dust descend.
René Bull, from Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, rendered in English by Edward FitzGerald, London, 1913.
(Source: archive.org)

    oldbookillustrations:

    Before we too into the dust descend.

    René Bull, from Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, rendered in English by Edward FitzGerald, London, 1913.

    (Source: archive.org)

  2.  The Troll Who Can Smell Christian Blood, 1896, bronze, by Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Dutch sculptor, 1861-1941. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark.
 As could be expected, this statue caused much controversy when it was created. Jacobsen’s studio in Vejen, Denmark, became a museum after his death.

     The Troll Who Can Smell Christian Blood, 1896, bronze, by Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Dutch sculptor, 1861-1941. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark.

     As could be expected, this statue caused much controversy when it was created. Jacobsen’s studio in Vejen, Denmark, became a museum after his death.

  3.  The Death of the Sons of King Edward in the Tower or King Edward V and the Duke of York in the Tower of London, 1831, oil on canvas by Paul Delaroche, French, 1797-1856. Louvre, Paris, France.
  Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was Lord protector of the 9 and twelve-year-old boys and sons of King Edward IV of England. When he seized the throne as Richard III, the boys disappeared.
  Innocent children awaiting uncertain fates was a popular theme for Victorians. What happened to these boys is still a mystery and has been the inspiration for fiction and non-fiction books; a play, Richard III, by Shakespeare and television productions.
 Delaroche painted on a firm, solid and smooth surface which appeared as a high finish. He was a son-in-law of Horace Vernet. 

     The Death of the Sons of King Edward in the Tower or King Edward V and the Duke of York in the Tower of London, 1831, oil on canvas by Paul Delaroche, French, 1797-1856. Louvre, Paris, France.

      Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was Lord protector of the 9 and twelve-year-old boys and sons of King Edward IV of England. When he seized the throne as Richard III, the boys disappeared.

      Innocent children awaiting uncertain fates was a popular theme for Victorians. What happened to these boys is still a mystery and has been the inspiration for fiction and non-fiction books; a play, Richard III, by Shakespeare and television productions.

     Delaroche painted on a firm, solid and smooth surface which appeared as a high finish. He was a son-in-law of Horace Vernet. 

  4.  Morning of Streltsy’s Execution, detail, 1881, by Vasily Ivanovich Surikov, 1848-1916. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
 Historical controversy surrounds the Streltsy Rebellion in Russia as to whether it was against the innovations of Peter the Great or against serfdom, military hardship and harassment.
 Fifty-seven of the Moscow Streltsy were executed and others were tortured or banished from Moscow.
 Surikov was born in Siberia and studied under Pavel Chistyakov at the Imperial Academy of Arts. He was known for his large scale historical subjects.

     Morning of Streltsy’s Execution, detail, 1881, by Vasily Ivanovich Surikov, 1848-1916. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

     Historical controversy surrounds the Streltsy Rebellion in Russia as to whether it was against the innovations of Peter the Great or against serfdom, military hardship and harassment.

     Fifty-seven of the Moscow Streltsy were executed and others were tortured or banished from Moscow.

     Surikov was born in Siberia and studied under Pavel Chistyakov at the Imperial Academy of Arts. He was known for his large scale historical subjects.

  5.  Herodias’ Revenge, 1496, oil on wood by Juan De Flandes, Netherlandish painter active in Spain. Died 1519. Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp, Belgium.
 Known most popularly as Salome, the young woman presents the head of John the Baptist on a plate. Her name and her mother’s name may have been Herodias, but she was often called Salome or “the girl ” to avoid confusion.
 Juan de Flandes was artist for Queen Isabella of Spain and many of his works have been scattered and altar paintings dismantled. This and paintings like it spawned operas by Massenet and Strauss among others and a play by Oscar Wilde. 
 For a very early painting, this one shows a good sense of depth, proportion and perspective. 

 

     Herodias’ Revenge, 1496, oil on wood by Juan De Flandes, Netherlandish painter active in Spain. Died 1519. Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp, Belgium.

     Known most popularly as Salome, the young woman presents the head of John the Baptist on a plate. Her name and her mother’s name may have been Herodias, but she was often called Salome or “the girl ” to avoid confusion.

     Juan de Flandes was artist for Queen Isabella of Spain and many of his works have been scattered and altar paintings dismantled. This and paintings like it spawned operas by Massenet and Strauss among others and a play by Oscar Wilde. 

     For a very early painting, this one shows a good sense of depth, proportion and perspective. 

     

  6.  Altogether Too Stupid, oil on panel between 1610 and 1625, by Adriaen van de Veene, Dutch Golden Age painter, 1589-1662.  Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille, France.
 This peasant woman gets her wits sharpened on the knife grinder’s whetstone as others are drawn to watch the miracle cure.
 Van de Veene painted allegories, genre, portraits and miniatures. He was a book illustrator  poet, and political satirist.

     Altogether Too Stupid, oil on panel between 1610 and 1625, by Adriaen van de Veene, Dutch Golden Age painter, 1589-1662.  Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille, France.

     This peasant woman gets her wits sharpened on the knife grinder’s whetstone as others are drawn to watch the miracle cure.

     Van de Veene painted allegories, genre, portraits and miniatures. He was a book illustrator  poet, and political satirist.

  7.  King Solomon in the Prison, 1847, oil on panel by Henrik Weber, Hungarian, 1818-1866. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.
 Solomon has not been stripped of everything and has been able to keep his warmer, finer clothes in spite of being manacled. However, he still reaches for the light and longs for freedom.
  Weber made his living with private lessons and lithographs. He was known for his genre paintings of the 1830’s and was a notable portraitist.

     King Solomon in the Prison, 1847, oil on panel by Henrik Weber, Hungarian, 1818-1866. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.

     Solomon has not been stripped of everything and has been able to keep his warmer, finer clothes in spite of being manacled. However, he still reaches for the light and longs for freedom.

      Weber made his living with private lessons and lithographs. He was known for his genre paintings of the 1830’s and was a notable portraitist.

  8.  Ivan’s Repentance, oil on canvas by Klavdy Lebedev, Russian painter and illustrator, 1852-1916. Belarusian National Arts Museum, Minsk, Republic of Belarus.
 After Russian Tsar Ivan IV killed his son, he asks Abbot Cornelius to let him take the tonsure at the Pskovo-Pechorsky Monastery. The murder brought about the end of the Rurik Dynasty and the Time of Troubles.
 Lebedev, an artist of realism, concentrated on depicting historic scenes.

     Ivan’s Repentance, oil on canvas by Klavdy Lebedev, Russian painter and illustrator, 1852-1916. Belarusian National Arts Museum, Minsk, Republic of Belarus.

     After Russian Tsar Ivan IV killed his son, he asks Abbot Cornelius to let him take the tonsure at the Pskovo-Pechorsky Monastery. The murder brought about the end of the Rurik Dynasty and the Time of Troubles.

     Lebedev, an artist of realism, concentrated on depicting historic scenes.

  9.  The Back Operation, oil on panel, 1636, by Adriaen Brouwer, Flemish, 1605-1638. Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany.
  This man should be thankful they haven’t tried open heart surgery.
  Brouwer ‘s Baroque style and genre studies were mostly of human pain and fear. The themes were of debauchery, drunkenness and fighting and not exactly what most people would choose for home decor.  

  

     The Back Operation, oil on panel, 1636, by Adriaen Brouwer, Flemish, 1605-1638. Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany.

      This man should be thankful they haven’t tried open heart surgery.

      Brouwer ‘s Baroque style and genre studies were mostly of human pain and fear. The themes were of debauchery, drunkenness and fighting and not exactly what most people would choose for home decor.  

      

  10.  Wandering of Odysseus, oil on canvas, 1933, by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, Hungarian, 1860-1933. Last at the Dorotheum auction houses.
  The seamen are guided in dangerous travel by a misty spirit.
  An historical and mythological painter, Hirschl centered much of his work around ancient Rome. He was the most successful in Vienna at the end of the 1800’s, but was later eclipsed by other painters and artistic movements.

     Wandering of Odysseus, oil on canvas, 1933, by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, Hungarian, 1860-1933. Last at the Dorotheum auction houses.

      The seamen are guided in dangerous travel by a misty spirit.

      An historical and mythological painter, Hirschl centered much of his work around ancient Rome. He was the most successful in Vienna at the end of the 1800’s, but was later eclipsed by other painters and artistic movements.

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Many classical writers and artists explored misty shades and shadows of the supernatural. Others chronicled myths and legends.
This is a collection of writers and artists who illustrated these dark themes.

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AUTHORS AND ARTISTS:
· Adolf Hiremy Hirschl
· Adolph von Menzel
· Adriaen Brouwer
· Adriaen van de Venne
· Albert Ludovici
· Albert Welti
· Albrecht Durer
· Alessandro Magnasco
· Alexander Litovchenko
· Alexander Nasmyth
· Alexander Ver Huell
· Alexandre Cabanel
· 
Alexandre Colin
· Alfred Elmore
· Alfred Stevens
· Allegory
· Anders Zorn
· Angelica Kauffmann
· Anonymous
· Antoine Wiertz
· Anton Pieck
· Arnold Bocklin
· Artur Grottger
· Arthur Hacker
· Arthur Hughes
· Arthur Rackham
· August Bromse
· Auguste Raffet
· Augustus Leopold Egg
· Augustus Mulready
· Austin Osman Spare
· Benigne Gagneraux
· 
Biblical Themes
· Book Covers
· Book of Hours
· Bram Stoker
· Briton Riviere
· Camille Corot
· Caravaggio
· Carl Herpfer
· Carlos Schwabe
· Caspar David Friedrich
· Cemetery Sculptures
· Charles Dickens
· Charles Doyle
· Charles Landseer
· Charlotte Bronte
· Charon
· Consolation
· Crypts
· Dance of Death
· Daniel Maclise
· Dante Rossetti
· Divine Comedy
· Domenico Feti
· Dreams
· Druids
· Edgar Allan Poe
· Edmund Blair Leighton
· Edmund Dulac
· Edouard Cibot
· Edouard Manet
· Edouard Rosset Granger
· Edvard Munch
· Edward Bulwer Lytton
· Edward Burne Jones
· Edward Gorey
· Edward Matthew Ward
· Edwin Landseer
· Egbert van der Poel
· Egyptian Themes
· Elihu Vedder
· Emanuel Leutze
· Emily Bronte
· Ernst Ferdinand Oehme
· Erskine Nicol
· Eugene Delacroix
· Eugene Grasset
· Evelyn de Morgan
· Executions
· Fear
· Ferdinand Waldmuller
· F.H. Townsend
· Fire
· Firs Zhuravlev
· Folklore
· Francesco Guardi
· Francis Danby
· Francisco deZurburan
· Francisco Goya
· Francois Biard
· Frank Dicksee
· Frank Holl
· Frederic George Cotman
· Frederic Lord Leighton
· Frederick Coffay Yohn
· Frederick Walker
· Gabriel Max
· Gaston Leroux
· George Bernard O'Neill
· George DuMaurier
· George Elgar Hicks
· George Frederick Watts
· Georges de Latour
· Ghosts
· Girodet Trioson
· 
Giovanni Baglione
· Gustave Courbet
· Gustave Dore
· Hans Baldung Grien
· Hans Holbein the Younger
· Hansom cab
· Harper's Weekly
· Harrison Ainsworth
· Haunted Places
· Heinrich Burkel
· Henri Latour
· Henri Regnault
· Henry Courtney Selous
· Henry Fuseli
· Henry James
· Herbert Draper
· Hieronymous Bosch
· Horace Vernet
· Howard Pyle
· Hughes Merle
· Hugo Simberg
· Ilya Repin
· Image
· Ireland
· Isle of the Dead
· Ivan Aivazovsky
· Jack the Ripper
· Jacques Callot
· Jakub Schikaneder
· James Tissot
· James William Carling
· Jan Beerstraten
· Jan Brueghel
· Jan Steen
· Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
· Jean Baptiste Corot
· Jean Beraud
· Jean Francois Millet
· Jean Gericault
· Jean Leon Gerome
· Jean Paul Laurens
· Johan Malmstrom
· Johann Von Goethe
· John Atkinson Grimshaw
· John Baptist de Medina
· John Buchan
· John Collier
· John Downman
· John Martin
· John Edmund Buckley
· John Everett Millais
· John Milton
· John Singleton Copley
· John William Waterhouse
· Joseph Farquharson
· Joseph M.W. Turner
· Joseph Sattler
· Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
· Juan de Valdes Leal
· Karl Blechen
· Klavdy Lebedev
· Konstantin Flavitsky
· Konstantin Makovsky
· Laszlo Mednyanszky
· Lee Brown Coye
· Legends
· Lenore
· Leon Bonnat
· Leon Wyczolkowski
· Leonardo da Vinci
· Louisa May Alcott
· Louis Boulanger
· Louis Gallait
· Louis Janmot
· Louis Leopold Boilly
· Lucas Cranach
· Lucas van Leyden
· Lucas van Uden
· Lucien Levy Dhurmer
· Luis Ricardo Falero
· McGuffey's Readers
· Magic
· Mary Roberts Rinehart
· Matthew Gregory Lewis
· Matthias Stomer
· Maximilian Pirner
· Michelangelo
· Mihaly Zichy
· Modest Mussorgsky
· Mourning
· Murder
· Mysteries
· Mystics
· Myths
· Nathaniel Hawthorne
· Nicolaes Berchem
· Nicholas Poussin
· Oddities
· Odilon Redon
· Operas
· Oscar Wilde
· Paul Albert Besnard
· Paul Delaroche
· Peter Claesz
· Peter Paul Rubens
· Philip Burne Jones
· Philip Wouwerman
· Phyllis Chesler
· Pieter Bruegel
· Plague
· Poetry
· 
Pompeii
· 
Randolph Schwabe
· Ray Bradbury
· Resurrectionists
· Richard Redgrave
· Richard Wagner
· Robert Bloch
· Robert Draper
· Robert Lewis Stevenson
· Robert William Buss
· Rogelio de Equsquiza
· Rudyard Kipling
· Samuel Luke Fildes
· Samuel Prout
· Samuel Woodforde
· Sandor Liezen Mayer
· Sculpture
· Serafino Macchiati
· Sherlock Holmes
· Shirley Jackson
· Solitude
· Sorrow
· Spiritualism
· Strand Magazine
· Suicides
· Susan Hill
· Suspense
· Tavik Frantisek Simon
· Theodor Kittlesen
· Theodore Gericault
· Thomas Brooks
· Thomas Faed
· Thomas Hardy
· Thomas Jones Barker
· Thomas Rowlandson
· Titian
· Tragedy
· Ulpiano Checa
· Vanitas
· Vasily Grigorevich Perov
· Victoriana
· Viktor Vasnetsov
· Vincent Van Gogh
· Walter Crane
· Walter Langley
· Walter Scott
· War
· Washington Irving
· Wilhelm Kotarbinsky
· Wilkie Collins
· William Bouguereau
· William H. Ainsworth
· William Holman Hunt
· William Blake
· William Brassey Hole
· William Frith
· William Hamilton
· William Hogarth
· William MacGeorge
· William Mulready
· William Shakespeare
· William Strang
· Witchcraft
· Witold Pruszkowski
· Xavier Mellery