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French artist Jean Nocret was born in Nancy
He achieved fame as a portrait painter during his stay at the Louvre. In his works he represented important figures such as the family of Louis XIV, Alhponse VI and the Infanta Catherine. -1615
Dutch artist Aert de Gelder was born in the Netherlands
He worked in Rembrandt's studio from 1661 to 1663. From there on, he painted in the tradition of Rembrandt's late style. -1645
William Hogarth, British painter, died
He was a major English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited as a pioneer in western sequential art. His work ranged from excellent realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called modern moral subjects. Much of his work, though at times vicious, poked fun at contemporary politics and customs. Illustrations in such style are often referred to as Hogarthian. -1764
Konstantin Thon, Russian architect, was born
He was an official architect of Imperial Russia during the reign of Nicholas I. His major works include the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Grand Kremlin Palace and the Armoury in Moscow.
Vasili Vasilyevich Vereshchagin, Russian painter, was born
He was the most famous Russian battle painter and the first Russian artist to be widely recognized abroad. The graphic nature of his realist scenes led many of them to never be printed or exhibited. -1842
German painter Richard Lipps was born in Berlin
He started his artistic development at the Academy of Dusseldorf. In 1889 he was awarded with the Melbourne's Medal. -1857
Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo, was born
Kahlo was the son of jeweller Jakob Heinrich Kahlo and Henriette Kaufmann.  According to Fridas Vater: Der Fotograf Guillermo Kahlo by Gaby Franger and Rainer Huhle, "despite the legend propagated by Frida", Guillermo might not have had Jewish-Hungarian roots, but "came from families accommodated in Frankfurt and Pforzheim". Many other sources state that he was of Hungarian Jewish descent.  He attended the University of Nuremberg. His father paid him to travel to Mexico in 1891 as he did not get on with his stepmother. In Mexico, he changed his name from Wilhelm to Guillermo. In 1901 he set up a photographic studio, working for El Mundo Ilustrado and Semanario Ilustrado. He was commissioned by the government to do architectural photographs, probably his best work. He also took photographs of churches with other photographers for a six-volume survey in the 1920s. He married Maria Cardena in 1895. The night she died giving birth to their third child, he asked Antonio Calderón for his daughter Matilde's hand in marriage. After the marriage, Kahlo sent his and Maria's daughters away to be raised in a convent.
Brazilian architect Alfonso Reidy was born in Paris
He is considered a pioneer of the modern architectural movement in Brazil. -1909
Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-born archaeologist, died
The British Library's Stein collection of Chinese, Tibetan and Tangut manuscripts, Prakrit wooden tablets, and documents in Khotanese, Uyghur, Sogdian and Eastern Turkic is the result of his travels through central Asia during the 1920s and 1930s. Stein discovered manuscripts in the previously lost Tocharian languages of the Tarim Basin at Marin and other oasis towns, and recorded numerous archaeological sites especially in Iran and Balochistan.
Zig II by David Smith sold at auction
Zig II by David Smith was sold for $80,000 dollars in New York. -1972
Tracey Emin's unmade bed at the Tate Gallery
Two Chinese performance artists jumped at Tracey Emin's unmade bed at the Tate Gallery. The two men, Jian Jun Xi, 37, and Yuan Cai, 43, handed out leaflets advertising their intention to jump on the bed, then leapt upon it at 1 pm and began to assault each other with pillows until they were apprehended by staff. For five hours Emin helped curators to tangle her soiled sheets back into the precise standard of disarray. -1999
Adriaen de Vries, Imperial Sculptor
The J. Paul Getty Museum presented the Exhibit "Adriaen de Vries, Imperial Sculptor". The exhibit assembles an unprecedented display of an often remarkable body of work and restores to prominence a hitherto obscure artist. -1999
The Museu Picasso in Barcelona Opens New Additions
Queen Sofía of Spain opened the new additions at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. The exhibit "Picasso: Interior and Exterior Landscape". The museum now occupies five palaces instead of three that it did before. The exhibit includes 117 paintings, 45 drawings, 40 etchings and 10 ceramics. Also a group of 77 photographs on Picasso by Douglas Duncan are shown. -1999
Pontus Hultén, Swedish museum director, died
He was a Swedish art collector and museum director. Pontus Hulten is regarded as one of the worlds most distinguished museum professionals of our time. He was the pioneering former head of the Museum for modern art in Stockholm and in the 1970s he was invited to participate in the creation of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, where he was its first director in 1974-1981. -2006
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