Cylinder Seal with a Nude Goddess This unusual seal shows two nude female figures squatting on stools with their legs spread and bent, perhaps in childbirth. Each holds flowers in both hands, a symbol of fertility. Between them stands another figure, perhaps a childbirth goddess. The image is uniquely Cypriot.
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Necklace with Lion-Griffins
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In the Trenches Members of the Garde Mobile (French expeditionary forces) are huddled in a shallow trench during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. De Neuville has conveyed the general misery and tedium between battles that is associated with trench warfare. The artist complained that his dealer, Alphonse Goupil, wanted more flattering, less disturbing subjects and refused to pay him more than 6,000 francs, a small fee, for this painting.
Study for “Jacob’s Dream” Given the fact that it was commissioned by Walters over a year before the publication of the Doré Bible, this drawing illustrating the story of Jacob’s dream as told in Genesis 28:11-13 is probably a preliminary study or a variation of the composition found on the full-page, wood-engraved illustration first published in “La Sainte Bible: Traduction nouvelle selon la Vulgate par Mm. J. -J. Bourasse et P. Janvier” (Tours, Alfred Mame et Fils, 1866, I:facing page 34). So popular was the Doré Bible that it was also issued in English that year and later appeared in German; it has since been printed in numerous editions in various languages.
The Walters’ drawing is smaller in format than the engraved illustration and differs in that it shows fewer angels, has palm trees rather than olive trees, and has less steeply inclined steps. To distinguish the heavenly specters from the earthly setting, these ethereal forms are rendered in white, while the landscape elements are in ink and wash. Given Doré’s occasional practice of painting directly on the wood block, thereby eliminating the preparatory study on paper, a final drawing for the composition might never have existed.
King Solomon and Two Demons This illustration from Walters W.624 depicts the story of two divs (demons) who, out of boredom, wreak havoc on the world. Recognizing the dangers of idleness, the wise King Solomon consigns them to a life of futile activity: filling the sea with sand and the desert with water. The inscription naming the artist “Ali Quli is composed in red ink at the bottom of the page.
The Daughter of Bazighah in Her Temple Having Been Robbed of Her Wealth This folio from Walters manuscript W.646 depicts the daughter of Bazighah in her temple, having been robbed of her wealth.
Mother with Child
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