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Orazio Grassi
Orazio Grassi, the Italian Jesuit priest, mathematician and architect, was born in Savona. He is considered the most important Jesuit architect of the first half of the 17th century. He designed numerous buildings for the Jesuit order. In 1629 he designed the north wing of the Collegio Romano. In 1632 he produced the designs for Jesuit colleges at Montepulciano, Terni and Viterbo. -1583

Jean Jouvenet
The French painter Jean Jouvenet was born in Rouen. He was the most prominent of a large family of painters and sculptors. He was also one of the most important painters of religious works in France in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. In 1675 he was received as a member of the Academie Royale. He was highly influenced by Nicolas Poussin. He was commissioned to decorate the Parliament of Brittany, now the Palais de Justice, Rennes. He painted his most famous religious works between 1695 and 1707. -1649

Frans Luyckx
Frans Luyckx, the Flemish painter, died in Vienna. -1668

Jacques-Philippe Bouchardon
The French sculptor and draughtsman Jacques-Philippe Bouchardon was born in Chaumont-en-Bassigny, Harte-Marne. In 1740 he was asked to travel to Stockholm to work on the decoration of the Royal Palace. His main task was to carve reliefs on the ceiling of the chapel and over the windows, and to carve the pulpit. He received many commissions for sculpted portraits. His portrait of Charles XII was one of his most popular works. -1711

Jacques-Louis Beringhen
Jacques-Louis Beringhen, the French patron and collector, died in Paris. -1723

Francois de Troy
Francois de Troy, the French painter, died in Paris. -1730

Nicolas Coustou
Nicolas Coustou, the French sculptor, died in Paris. -1733

George Bullock
George Bullock, the English cabinetmaker and sculptor, died in London. -1818

Francois-Joseph Bélanger
Francois-Joseph Bélanger, the French architect and landscape designer, died in Paris. -1818

George Inness
The American painter George Inness was born in Newburgh, New York. He was attracted to the Old Masters, especially to Claude Lorrain. He was influenced by the style of the Barbizon school. "The Monk", painted in Rome in 1873, is the most avant-garde American painting of the 1870s. He later painted thoughtful, personal, non-topographical landscapes. -1825

Herman August Cappelen
The Norwegian painter Herman August Cappelen was born in Skien, Telemark. He was influenced by Johann Wilhelm Schirmer's traditional technique and Dutch landscape art. His most successful work is "Waterfall in Lower Telemark", from 1852. He was the most important Romantic painter among the Norwegian Dusseldorf painters. He revealed the mystical side of nature. -1827

The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park
In London, Queen Victoria opened The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. The whole building was enormous - 1,848 feet long and 408 feet wide. The central transept was 72 feet wide and 108 feet high, and a grand avenue and upstairs galleries ran the whole length of the building. This exhibition of art and industry at the "Crystal Palace" featured many countries from around the world. -1851

Joseph Brian
Joseph Brian, the English sculptor and painter, died in Paris. -1861

Afansay Grigor'yev
Afansay Grigor'yev, the Russian architect, died in Moscow. -1868

Pierre Joseph Pezerat
Pierre Joseph Pezerat, the French architect and engineer, died in Lisbon. -1872

Antonín Chittussi
Antonín Chittussi, the Czech painter, died in Prague. -1891

Herbert Ferber Silvers
In New York the American sculptor and painter Herbert Ferber Silvers was born. He first studied at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design where he attended evening classes, where his work was assessed monthly. He carved in wood and stone and often reflected the social consciousness of the times in his work. After 1945 he turned to drawing and was influenced by Henry Moore. "He is Not a Man", a bronze statue with welded metal rods, made in 1950, belongs to the collection of the MOMA. -1906

100th Anniversary of War of Independence
An exhibit that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the war of independence opened today in Zaragoza. -1908

Roland Ranier
Roland Ranier, the Austrian architect, was born in Klagenfurt. -1910

Hugh Wilson
Hugh Wilson, the British architect, was born in London. -1913

James William Archibald Cubitt
James William Archibald Cubitt, the English architect and sculptor, was born in Melbourne, Australia. -1914

Harold Cochen
Harold Cochen, the British architect, was born in London. -1928

Edouard Vallet
Edouard Vallet, the Swiss painter, draughtsman and printmaker, died in Geneva. -1929

Peter Christian Breuer
Peter Christian Breuer, the German sculptor, died in Berlin. -1930

Vittorio Pica
Vittorio Pica, the Italian critic, died in Milan. -1930

Thomas Cooper Gotch
Thomas Cooper Gotch, the English painter, died in Newlyn. -1931

David Aspden
David Aspden, the Australian painter of English birth, was born in Bolton Lancs. -1935

Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso starts to paint his famous work "Guernica". to paint his famous work Guernica. -1937

Gheorghe Petrascu
Gheorghe Petrascu, the Romanian painter and printmaker, died in Bucharest. -1949

Everett Shinn
Everett Shinn, the American painter, illustrator, designer, playwright and film director, died in New York. -1953

Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell
Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, the English museum curator and collector, died in Kew. -1962

Joseph Cásky
Joseph Cásky, the French sculptor of Hungarian birth, died in Paris. -1971

Asger Jorn
Asger Jorn, the Danish painter, printmaker, decorative artist, ceramicist, sculptor and writer, died in Arhus. -1973

Hacia la Torre
A painting by Remedios Varo was sold at auction in New York for $825,000, a record price for the Spanish artist's work. The painting, oil on masonite, is titled "Hacia la Torre" (1961). -1990

Lucas Samaras
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York opened an exhibit on Lucas Samaras, the Greek artist. The museum's collection of 36 drawings and photographs, created between 1962 and 1986 were exhibited. -1990

The Night Watch by Dutch painter Rembrandt
The painting "The Night Watch" by Dutch painter Rembrandt, was put back on display in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, after it was damaged by a visitor who threw acid on it less than four weeks before. The figures on the canvas were obscured by a series of white streaks by a mentally disturbed 31-year-old man. -1990

London's Natural History Museum
London's Natural History Museum opened the doors of its Dinosaurs gallery. It featured a series of audio-visual exhibits, a central, raised walk-way by Ron Herron and full-size animated dinosaurs created by Japanese firm Kokoro. -1992

London's Natural History Museum
London's Natural History Museum opened the doors of its Dinosaurs gallery. It featured a series of audio-visual exhibits, a central, raised walkway by Ron Herron and full-size animated dinosaurs created by the Japanese firm Kokoro. -1992

Museum of Scotland
The Scottish Secretary Ian Lang, cut the ceremonial first turf of the new Museum of Scotland. It would display Scotland's story in chronological order. A hall that would cover the period from 1100 to 1707, when Scotland was independent, would also be included. -1993

Van Gogh
Sjraar van Heugten, curator of the Van Gogh museum, uncovered 19 "new" works underneath 130 Van Gogh paintings in the museum's collection. Most of the hidden pictures date from the early 1880's. -1994

Sjraar van Heugten
Sjraar van Heugten, curator of the Van Gogh museum, uncovered 19 "new" works underneath 130 Van Gogh paintings in the museum's collection. Most of the hidden pictures date from the early 1880's. -1994

The White American Pelican
The Terra Museum of American Art of Chicago held an exhibit titled "The White American Pelican". The artist exhibited was John James Audubon. -1995

Alfred Stiglitz loves O'Keefe
Actress Margot Kidder represents painter Georgia O'Keefe in the theater play "Alfred Stiglitz loves O'Keeffe". -1995

National Gallery of Art in Washington
The National Gallery of Art in Washington organized an exhibition that focused on Arshile Gorky, the Armenian-born painter. The show focused on his last eight years before he died in 1948. -1995

London's Evening Standard
London's Evening Standard starts campaigning for a memorial for the London civilians killed and injured by bombs, doodlebugs and V2 rockets during the Second World War. -1995

Museum of Modern Art at New York
The Museum of Modern Art at New York held a show of 200 works of art by Pablo Picasso titled "Picasso and Portraiture: Representation and Transformation". A small version of the show traveled in October to the Grand Palais in Paris. -1996

National Endowment for the Arts
It was reported that key U.S. Senate Republicans had said they would back the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which conservatives wanted to dismantle. However, Congress slashed the NEA's budget by about 40 to $99 million a year for 1996 and 1997. President Clinton had proposed increasing spending to $136 million. -1997

Man Ray
The Grand Palais exhibited 473 photographs by Man Ray, one of the more complete retrospective exhibit that did not include his paintings or sculptures. Most of the photographs measured 8 by 5 cm. -1998

Museu de Granollers
The Museu de Granollers in Barcelona opened the exhibit ?Collección de Fotografía d?Alcobendas?. Among the artists featured were Gabriel Cualladó, Manuel Esclusa, Crisitina García Rodero, and Humberto Rivas. -1998

Grand Palais in Paris
The Grand Palais in Paris exhibited 473 photographs by Man Ray. This was one of the more complete retrospective exhibits that did not include his paintings or sculptures. Most of the photographs measured 8 by 5 cm. -1998

Peter Bialobrzeski
The Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg presented the exhibit titled "XXXHOLY INDIA'S HEART - Peter Bialobrzeski, Hamburg". The German photographer Peter Bialobrzeski has made seven trips to India over the last three years in quest of mysticism and his interpretation of the Indian soul. Far from pretending to understand the complex symbol-systems of oriental religions, his pictures inhabit a unique field of cross-tensions: they have the curiosity of the spiritual seeker, and approach the holy places of India with a sense of wonder, ready to admit their sheer beauty. -2000

 


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