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Gaudenzio Ferrari, important Italian painter of the Lombard-Piamondes painting style, died in Milan
He was the most important representative of the Lombard-Piamondes style of his time. Although Ferrari developed his painting style in Milan under the influence of Bramantino and Perugino, he also worked in Novara, Vercelli. His art was moving and done in a formal realistic style. In his late paintings, his style was more markedly mannerist. -1546

Abraham van den Blocke, a Flemish sculptor and architect, died in Gdansk
His first important work was the main altar (1598-1611) in St John, Gdansk, after a presented design. In tomb sculptures of complex architectonic framing he applied the motif of a kneeling figure, for example in the freestanding monument of "Justyna and Szymon Bahr", and those of "Henryk Firlej, Archbishop of Poland" and "Mikolaj Dzialynski, Voivode of Chelmno". In 1606-8 he built the Royal Granary for Sigismund III. He also designed and built the Golden House at 41 Dlugi Targ (1606-13) and the Golden Gate (1612-14), and he remodeled the facade of the Artus Court (1616-18). -1628

Tilly Kettle, one of the first British artists to seek a career in India, was born in London
In England, he painted portraits reminiscent of Reynolds' work. In 1768, possibly at the suggestion of one of his sitters, he traveled to India. There, he was met with great success among the indigenous nobility, painting their portraits and native genre scenes. One of his most notable canvases of this period is "Nawah Receiving Gen. Sir Robert Baker" (1772). Despite commissions from his former patrons, he did not have financial success in London. He decided to return to India, but died during the journey. -1734

German sculptor Ehrgott Bernhard Bendel died in Augsburg
He preferred to work in Augsburg where he sculpted from wood and metal with grand expressiveness in the late Baroque style. His principle works included the evangelists and apostles for St. George in Augsburg (today Nuremberg), the altar in the chapel of the Virgin (Marienkapelle) and the Augsburg Cathedral. -1738

German sculptor Rudolf Schadow died where he was born, in Rome
His sculptures were influenced by the work of Thorvaldsen and Canova. -1822

Ernest Meissonier, French painter, draftsman and printmaker died in Paris
His paintings were historically oriented and very detailed. The Napoleonic wars were a favorite theme. Meissonier also worked on designs for xylographs for book illustrations. -1891

Italian painter Nino Costa died in Marina di Pisa
He painted landscapes in the style of the Barbizon school in a genre-realist manner. In Rome, he founded the group "Free Art" (1890). -1903

Giovanni Costa, an Italian painter and critic, died in Pisa. Costa's most important painting of his early years, "Women Loading Wood at Porto d'a q'Anzio", combines several influences
In 1861 Costa traveled to Paris in connection with the exhibition of "Women Loading Wood" at the Salon and to acquaint himself with the work of Corot and the painters of the Fontainebleau school. His late works include "S Giovanni in Laterano from the Villa Mattei" and the "Tiber at Castel Fusano", which display his ability to capture the most delicate gradations of light with the use of translucent tones. -1903

News hit the press that the famous and influential Bauhaus Guild of Artists in Weimar would be dissolved
The German government made the existence of the group impossible by imposing restrictions and various other obstacles. It was guessed that the government's dislike of modern art caused the Bauhaus closure. Prejudice against modern art prevailed to the extent that the government even refused a fine art gift from an art collector containing a group of paintings by artists such as Chagall, Kokoshka, Léger, Rousseau, Kandinsky, Munch, Ensor, Klee, and Archipenko. -1925

It was reported that the award-winning Bagshaw Museum in Batley, U.K. had been burglarized
The thieves stole its entire Chinese collection, with more than 40 works that included rare ceramic statues, plates, cups and other decorations, some of which once adorned the rooftops of buildings during the Ming dynasty, which ruled from 1368 to 1644. -1997

The Neuberger Museum of Art presented the exhibit titled "End Papers: Drawings, 1890-1900 and 1990-2000"
Throughout the ages, humans have relied on the act of drawing to commemorate and preserve history. The directness, immediacy and intimacy of drawings provide invaluable pipelines to the pulse of a particular era. To help celebrate the dawn of a new century, Judy Collischan, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art, organized End Papers. This exhibition presented drawings from the ending decades of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, 1890 to 1900 and 1990 to 2000, by major and lesser-known artists whose work helped define the end of two eventful and momentous centuries. -2000

 


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