Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, one of Japan's Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry, lived around the year 700 and is heavily represented in the first great Japanese anthology the Man'yōshū. This carving was done around the year 1600, and now resides in the Saint Louis Art Museum. Look how the grain of the wood suggests the folds of his robe.
The Kalevala is the central body of Finnish myth. Elias Lönnrot assembled the epic poem from traditional songs in the 1830s and 40s and it rapidly became the core text of nineteenth-century Finnish nationalism. It inspired Finnish artists including the composer Jean Sibelius, and painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela who in the 1890s created many of the most famous images associated with the poem. Sammon puolustrus (The Defense of the Sampo) was painted in 1896 and now resides in the Turku Art Museum. The Sampo is not the ship but the cargo lashed down in the lower right corner. The poem is not that clear about what the object is exactly, beyond a kind of all-purpose mill. I think it's a replicator myself.
Bucentaure gets the worst of it in this painting by Auguste Mayer.
At the Battle of Trafalgar Nelson's HMS Victory was armed with (among many other guns) a pair of 68-pounder carronades, one of which fired a keg of 500 musket balls through the stern windows of the Bucentaure with great destructive effect. A carronade is different from a cannon in that it is shorter, smooth-bored, and made of cast iron. They are named for the Carron ironworks in Falkirk, where they were invented. When the age of fighting sail ended the Carron Company switched to casting Royal Mail pillar boxes.
Morton, the French sailors in this metaphor, visit Falkirk. The Bairns took over first place in the Championship last Saturday. Falkirk's Rory Loy has 13 goals, while the entire Morton squad has 17.
It's the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup. Today Aberdeen entertain St Johnstone. Tomorrow Heart of Midlothian host Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Aberdeen have won the trophy five times, Hearts four, St Johnstone at no time and Inverness never. [Aberdeen and Inverness advance.]
After a prolonged wrangle the National Gallery in Prague is exhibiting the twenty humungous canvasses that make up Alphonse Mucha's Slav Epic. Admission 180 krona, or about nine bucks. The composition above, Holy Mount Athos, painted in 1926, makes good use of church architecture and iconography to incorporate Mucha's signature form, the circle.
Open-Air Studio by William Blair Bruce (1859-1906). That glowing white scrim seems too modern for the rest of the picture, as if she's using some kind of nineteenth-century microfilm reader. This painting is in the collection of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm along with some of his others, and another large donation of his canvasses became the core of the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
Ink drawing of Agnes Frey, age nineteen, in 1494, the year she was married to Albrecht Dürer. Possibly she was not crazy about the match. The drawing resides in the Albertina Museum in Vienna among a large collection of Dürer's stuff. At some point in history the sheet was cropped and mounted, which is why you can't find a copy with all the lines of her back intact. Here's the restorer's report.