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Masked shrike(nominated by Jimfbleak) is a bird in the shrike family, Laniidae. The male has mainly black upperparts, with white on its crown, forehead and supercilium and large white patches on the shoulders and wings. The throat, neck sides and underparts are white, with orange flanks and breast, hence named as masked.
Luo Yixiu(nominated by Midnightblueowl) was the first wife of the future Chinese communist revolutionary and political leader Mao Zedong. She was eighteen and Mao just fourteen years old at the time of their betrothal. Mao later stated that he was unhappy with the marriage, never consummating it and refusing to live with his wife anymore and it was this experience with Luo that turned Mao into a "fierce opponent" of arranged marriage.
List of church ruins on Gotland(nominated by Yakikaki) The island of Gotland is Sweden's largest island. Converted to Christianity in the 11th century, it is dotted with the ruins of nineteen churches. Many churches were built from the 12th to 15th centuries, but between the Black Death, an invasion by Denmark, pillaging, and the Reformation, the economic and social reasons for the churches eventually vanished, with every church in the main town of Visby except for Visby Cathedral allowed to fall into decay from the early 16th century to the first attempts to protect the ruins in the 19th century.
Mysore Palace(created and nominated by Muhammad Mahdi Karim) depicting the front facade of the Mysore Palace in a morning. The Palace of Mysore is the official residence and seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, a historical palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, southern India, commonly described as the City of Palaces. It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the former royal family of Mysore, who ruled the state of Mysore from 1399 to 1950. The palace houses two ceremonial meeting halls of the royal court and incorporates a huge number of courtyards, gardens, and buildings. Can you see the stray dogs playing and resting in front of the palace? They are protected in India.
Cairn in Snow(created by Caspar David Friedrich, nominated by Hafspajen) is a 1807 canvas painting by Caspar David Friedrich. The painting is a Romantic allegorical landscape, showing a pagan burial site between three oaks, near the town Gützkow in Germany. Together with the Romantic painters, Caspar David Friedrich developed the landscape painting into a major genre within Western art. Friedrich was one of the first artists who painted lonely winter landscapes. The painter depicts barren trees in the snow, giving the work a haunted, spectral air.
Portrait of a Carthusian(created by Petrus Christus, nominated by Chris Woodrich) Possibly a portrait of Denis the Carthusian, a mystic and contemplative whose article could really use a copyedit, Petrus Christus' Portrait of a Carthusian is a masterpiece of Early Netherlandish painting. The innovative lighting scheme and positioning produced a portrait that, for the early fifteenth century, shows a mastery of depth and perception, and creates a realistic three-dimensional head. This painting is not only an incisive psychological portrait but also a prominent, early example of Trompe l’oeil. Trompe l’oeil paintings - (French for Trick the eye) are paintings contrived to create optical illusions - giving the impression that the depicted objects actually exist in three dimensions. The frame in the picture is not real, it is painted, and so is the fly, painted on the frame.
The Sisters (Eleanor and Rosalba Peale)(created by Rembrandt Peale, nominated by CorinneSD) The Peale family were a noted family of artists; this painting by Rembrandt Peale shows his sisters Eleanor and Rosalba. Given the number of major, independently famous artists, both male and female, in that family - we've featured a few of them already - the real surprise here is that Rosalba and Eleanor apparently aren't incredibly important to the history of American art.
European robin(created and nominated by Francis Franklin) The robin is a familiar bird in Europe, originally named "redbreast", as the word orange entered the language with the fruit. During a period when birds were being personified by being given first names, "redbreast" became "Robin Redbreast", and eventually shortened to "robin". The American robin is an unrelated species, named due to a vague similarity in the colouration of its chest.
Self-portrait as David with the head of Goliath(created by Johann Zoffany, nominated by Adam Cuerden)Johann Zoffany was a 18th- to 19th-century German painter active primarily in England. Zoffany was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts, and was a very unique artist. He was very popular both for his exquisite society paintings and theatrical portraits, depicting many of the prominent actors and actresses of his time, including the much celebrated David Garrick. Since Zoffany worked heavily in theatrical portraits, painting so many actors in costume, it's probably not surprising that he was attracted to a far more striking and interesting self-portrait than your average artist.
Sorrow(created by Vincent van Gogh, nominated by Chris Woodrich) An 1882 drawing by Vincent van Gogh early in his artistic career, Sorrow is considered the culmination of van Gogh's apprenticeship to the craft, showing a naked woman (modelled by Sien Hoornik) in a desolate landscape, burying her face in her crossed arms, which set on her knees. Sadness and sorrows are also part of life and of Wikipedia too, sometimes...
"Who is like God?" was the cry of Archangel Michael when he smote the rebel Lucifer in the conflict of the heavenly hosts. And when Antichrist shall have set up his kingdom on earth, it is St Michael who will unfurl once more the standard of the cross, sound the last trumpet, bind together the false prophet and the beast and hurl them for all eternity into the burning pool.
Nativity(created by Petrus Christus, nominated by Adam Cuerden) The article's just been promoted to featured article, so watch this space in two weeks, when the new featured article will be highly seasonal, and we can showcase this wonderful painting properly. In the meantime, just have a look at all the wonderful details - the tiny angels, the archway, the way that the painting zooms through a church-like archway through a stable and deeper still to fields, a city, and mountains. It's beautifully composed.
The Voyage of Life: Childhood, Youth, Manhood, and Old Age(created by Thomas Cole, nominated by Chris Woodrich) A Christian allegory of four stages of human life, The Voyage of Life consists of four paintings, each showing a ship sailing, the mariner accompanied by a guardian angel. First, the child emerges from a dark cave, then the youth takes control, and tries to get to a shining castle. Rough waters are met by prayers in adulthood, and, finally, the angel leads the ship to the waters of eternity.
View from the Artist's Window(created by Martinus Rørbye, nominated by Hafspajen) The surprising thing about Martinus Rørbye's View from the Artist's Window was the unexpected connection to historical events: behind the decorations of the window, ships being constructed can be seen. Given the date, these ships are almost certainly the ones being constructed to replace those lost in the Battle of Copenhagen (1807), in which the British forces ravaged the Danish fleet. Like most paintings of the Romantic era, the painting has many underlying symbolic meanings: The window opens towards the light, the ships in the harbour symbolize the longing for an unknown calling, and the cage with the imprisoned bird symbolizes the old home as a prison for the artist longing to explore the world outside. On the windowsill, potted plants symbolize the different stages of growth of human life, and a blank sketchbook is waiting to be filled.
A Group of Danish Artists in Rome(created by Constantin Hansen, nominated by Hafspajen) The Danish Golden Age painters are gathered in Rome in a little room. This is the generation before the Skagen Painters - the Golden Age of Danish Painting was the first national style of Denmark. The first half of the 19th century in Denmark started with an explosion of gorgeous artworks out of Denmark, landscape paintings, portraits and scenes lighted by the special northern light that is soft, but allows strong contrasts of colour. This painting shows some of the important artists of the period: Architect Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll is lying on the floor with a fez and pipe, Martinus Rørbye is sitting on the floor, beside, looking somewhat critical into his tiny coffee cup. Constantin Hansen (who painted it), is sitting behind them in the other chair. Wilhelm Marstrand, Albert Küchler, Ditlev Blunck are on the balcony and Jørgen Sonne is sitting on the table. The dog sitting on the chair, however, is not known to have created any important works.
Christmas truce(created by A. C. Michael forThe Illustrated London News, nominated by Adam Cuerden) Christmas is coming. That's where all the snow comes from. Christmas is a time of good will and cheer, and even in the middle of World War I, soldiers from both sides, sporadically, at different places down the line, stopped fighting, met in the neutral territory, talked, took photos, shared food and gifts, sang carols, and, although the prevalence and amount of organization is probably exaggerated, played football with each other.
Newsagent's shop(created by Florian Plag, nominated by Crisco 1492) A newsagent's shop in Paris, selling postcards, newspapers, magazines, books, maps, and what appear to be DVDs. Newsstands are business that sells beside newspapers and magazines, also cigarettes, snacks and items of local interest, typically operating in busy public places like city streets, railway stations and airports. Racks for newspapers and magazines can also be found in convenience stores, bookstores and supermarkets.
Theodor Heuss Bridge(created by Arcalino, nominated by Jim Carter) Dating from 1948-50, but part of a series of bridges dating back to the Romans in 27 AD. The Theodor Heuss Bridge is a deck arch bridge across the Rhine River that connects two cities in in Germany - namely Mainz and Wiesbaden. The very first bridge over the water was a pontoon bridge, but, in about the year 27 AD, a fixed bridge was constructed, consisting of at least 21 stone pillars of 18 meters long and 7 meters wide and 12 meters wide, with a multi-lane roadway. The remains of this Roman bridge over the Rhine, which stood above the present Theodor Heuss Bridge, are an evidence of the high engineering art of the Romans. The reconstruction of the bridge was completed in 1950.