Monday, May 29, 2017

19C Memorial Day - Decoration Day Posrcards



















19C Memorial Day - Civil War - Richmond, Virginia

Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia Decorating Graves of the Fallen in the Civil War

19C Memorial Day - Civil War by Thomas Nast (1840-1902)

 Thomas Nast (1840-1902) Harpers Weekley Decoration Day, May 30, 1871


 Thomas Nast (1840-1902) in Harpers Weekley


Thomas Nast (1840-1902) in Harpers Weekley

19C Memorial Day - Their final resting places
























19C Harper's Weekly looks at Memorial Day

Decorating 3,000 Graves of Civil War casualties at Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York from Harper's Weekley


 Charles S. Reinhart Illustration, Harper's Weekly June 4, 1870  Floral Tribute to the Nation's Dead



 Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York 1869 Decoration Day



 Harper's Weekly 1873. Decoration Day


Harper's Weekley Decorating the Graves of Civil War Soldiers

19C Memorial Day - Abraham Lincoln - American Civil War



"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."  President Abraham Lincoln, 19 November 1863

Three years after the American Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of veterans established Decoration Day, now called Memorial Day, as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Civil War dead with flowers. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The holiday is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May.

The Civil War remains the United States' deadliest conflict. More than 620,000 people died during the war. Many of the Civil War casualties occurred as a result of disease & infection, rather than as a direct result of injuries.

Local springtime tributes to the American Civil War dead were held before the national observance in 1868. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Mississippi, April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.

Morning Madonna

Anthony van Dyck and workshop (Flemish artist, 1599-1641) Madonna and Child c 1620

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Late 19C Postcards featuring Maypoles






May Day in Early 20C Central Park

1901-03 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1858-1924) May Day in Central Park

Morning Madonna

Giorgio di Tomaso Schiavone (Dalmatian artist, c 1433-1504) Madonna and Child with musical angels c 1459

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

18C Villagers Making Merry with Maypole in Background

18C Jan Josef Horemans II. (1714-1790) Villagers Making Merry with Maypole in Background

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, German (active around 1420 in Westphalia). Virgin and Child with Angels

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ribbon Marpoles on May Day in Central Park 1905 - William Glackens (American, 1870-1938)

1905 William Glackens (American, 1870-1938) May Day Central Park with Colorful Ribbon Maypole


1905 William Glackens (American, 1870-1938) Little May Day Procession with White Ribbon Maypole