In one of his best portraits, King Felipe II wears a magnificent armour (that called as ‘labor de cruces de Borgoña’) with chainmail, and fieldmarshal’s baton in his right hand (called ‘bengala’). This portrait was thought to impress and convey the King’s authority and power. It was painted in 1557 by Antonis Mor; oil on canvas, 186 x 82 cm, Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, and Grand Duchess Olga on a walk: c. 1899.
Russian women place flowers by the bodies of four American soldiers slain by German officers, 1945.
"I had rather have fallen that day as a British infantry-man, or as a French cuirassier, than die ten years hence in my bed. I did my best to be killed, but Fortune protected me."
Capt. Horace Churchill on Waterloo, in a letter to Sir William Napier, 24 June, 1815 (Life of General Sir William Napier
, Vol. I, 1864)
Ca. 1842, British, silk & cotton.
This is a striking example of how 18th-century fabric was treasured. The textile was probably originally a 1740s dress which was taken apart and then reconfigured into this fashionable dress in the early 1840s. The elongated waist and V-shaped bodice front emphasize the bust and wide shoulders and were key features of the dresses of the period. | THE MET
Francisco de Zurbarán
The Miracle of Saint Dominic in Soriano, 1626
Church of La Magdalena, Seville, Spain
In 1510 Saint Dominic appeared to a religious called Brother Vincent of the Convent of Catanzaro in Calabria, and ordered him to found a convent in Soriano, the citadel of that province. Many years after the foundation a striking miracle consoled the religious of Soriano. In 1530 the Virgin Mary, accompanied by Saint Catherine of Alexandria and Saint Mary Magdalene, appeared to Fra Lorenzo da Grotteria, the sacristan of the church, and handed him a painting representing the image of St. Dominic. This wonderful happening, followed by many graces granted to the faithful, made Soriano a celebrated sanctuary throughout the whole of Calabria and the Order. As a remembrance of this apparition the present feast is celebrated by the Dominicans. (+)