CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
Beech panel, 52 x 37 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
James Boswell had more hobbies than just following around Samuel Johnson; he was also “an inveterate execution goer in an age when such activity was considered prurient for a gentleman … Boswell diligently noted the names and crimes of the condemned: robbery, theft, escaping a prison hulk, forgery and murder. He describes a brother and sister convicted of burglary who met their deaths holding hands, only to be separated when they were cut down from the gallows.” He attended at least twenty-one executions, though they gave him nightmares and depressed him. The best hobbies (e.g., writing) often do.
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Lukas Cranach the Elder, q, 1531, Koblenz, Schloss Stolzenfels
William Hogarth, Beer Street (Original engraved 1751); this is a scan of a Samuel Davenport reprint made between 1806-09.
William Emlen Cresson (1843-1868)
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Lucian Freud is undeniably one of the greatest figurative painters of his time. The sitter for this classic Freud etching was the artist’s favorite model - Leigh Bowery. Bowery (1961-1994) was an Australian performance artist based in London who posed for the artist over a period of four years. Freud’s attraction to Bowery is obvious, for the sheer size and unique look of the sitter, his physical presence a wonderful exotic body to interpret.
This work has been in a private collection for 21 years and is now open for bidding on artnet Auctions.
at The American Society of Buddhist Studies