Monday, 28 September 2009

Crown Princess Octavia

Crown Princess Octavia of Sweden, 1843.

Digital painting after Josef Karl Stieler. 

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Prince Albert

Prince Albert

Prince Albert of the British royal family, 1842.

During the nineteenth century, a man’s place continued to be in the home. Domesticity and fatherhood were considered by society at large to be the natural duties of males, who were considered inferior to females and thus unsuited to positions of responsibility or power. This kept men far away from the public sphere of business and politics.

Prince Albert, consort of the ruling Queen, came to represent a kind of demure masculinity which was centred on the family, respectability and obedience to his wife. Accompanied by his beloved Victoria, and surrounded by his many children in the sumptuous but homely surroundings of Balmoral Castle, Albert became an icon of marital stability and domestic virtue.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Eloise André

Eloise André, officer in the French army, painted in 1857.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Leopold Hohenzollern

Leopold Hohenzollern, 1856.

Princess Albertine

Princess Albertine of the British royal family, painted in 1842.

Digital painting after Winterhalter.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Alexander Yusupov

Alexander Yusupov, member of the Russian court, painted in 1858. Digital painting after Winterhalter.

[Updated 15 May 2013 with new version.]

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Jane Monroe

Jane Monroe
Jane Monroe, painted ca 1820–22.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Captain Georgia Coussmaker

Georgia Coussmaker was a lieutenant and captain in the first regiment of Foot Guards. Her portrait was painted in 1782.

Digital painting mainly after Joshua Reynolds.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Monsieur de Pompadour

Jean-Antoine Poisson, Marquis de Pompadour, was the consort of Queen Louise XIV of France from 1745 to 1750. Beautiful and refined, he was accomplished in dancing, singing, painting and other charming masculine arts. The Queen spotted him at a masked ball and at once took him for her lover.

Digital painting, mostly after François Boucher.

Friday, 11 September 2009

The creation of woman

The Book of Genesis

2:7 And the MISTRESS God formed woman of the dust of the ground, and breathed into her nostrils the breath of life; and woman became a living soul.

2:8 And the MISTRESS God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there She put the woman whom She had formed. ...

2:18 And the MISTRESS God said, It is not good that the woman should be alone; I will make her an help meet for her.

2:19 And out of the ground the MISTRESS God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Eve to see what she would call them: and whatsoever Eve called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

2:20 And Eve gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Eve there was not found an help meet for her.

2:21 And the MISTRESS God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Eve, and she slept: and She took one of her ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

2:22 And the rib, which the MISTRESS God had taken from woman, made She a man, and brought him unto the woman.

2:23 And Eve said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: he shall be called Man, because he was taken out of Woman, but is less than her.

You can see the great artist Michelangelina’s depiction of the creation of woman here. (Please note this image is not by me.)

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Welcome to Eve’s Rib

What if women held power, and it was men who had to do the things that are traditionally considered ‘feminine’?

That’s what this blog will explore.

All images are either drawn by myself or edited using originals that are in the public domain (the Labels tell you what’s what).