Sunday, December 9, 2012

Revolutions, Lithuania and Scandinavian myths

Today’s gallery collection comes from Malmo Konstmuseum in Malmo, Sweden.  My gallery is found here and below I have added more public domain artwork for further enjoyment.

1905 painting “The Abduction of Sampo” – The event is taken from the Kalevala, a national epic of Finland.  In this particular story, heroes battle to take the Sampo, an object that provides fortune and prosperity.

 1896 painting "The Defense of the Sampo"

1783 painting “Ulla von Hopken’s sacrifice to Asclepius” – The painting was made to help speed up the recovery of King of Sweden Gustav III after he broke his arm.  Gustav is noted for his admiration for the American Revolution and his role in the Russo-Swedish War of 1788-1790.  He was an enlightened monarch who feared the French Revolution and tried to organize European nobility against the Revolution.

 1845 painting, Russian 22 gun cutter Merkuriy capturing Swedish 44 gun frigate Venus, June 1, 1789
1762 “Portrait of Prince Vladimir Golitsyn Borisovtj” and 1777 “Portrait of Princess Natalia Petrovna Golitsyn, born Tjernysjev” – The Galitzines/Golitsyn’s are a large princely house of Russia.  They are of the House of Gediminas having descended from Lithuanian Prince George, incorporating the emblem of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in their coat of arms.  Many of the family were notable Russian boyars and involved in many Russian wars.   

 1578, Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania

 Gediminas Castle in Vilnius, Lithuania

1885 painting “Treppenhuis” – The painting depicts museum patrons in front of Rembrandt’s painting “The Night Watch.”  This second painting depicts the civil guard company of Dutch Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch. 

1846 painting “Heimdall returns Brisingamen to Freyja” – This painting shows a mix of Norse myths, Heimdall being the Norse god who watches for the coming of Ragnarok, the epic Norse battle of the gods.

 ca. 1905, Asgard burning in the final phase of Ragnarok

1677-1680 “Portrait of Baron Knut Jonsson Kurck”.  Kurck was an influential Swedish official in the late 1600s, during the time the Swedish Empire was involved in numerous wars, including some against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, for land.

1910-1914 “Portrait of Mikhail Ivanovich Terestjenko”. – Finance and Foreign Minister of Russia in 1917 during the Russian Revolution.  He and his family fled the country and later in France he supported the White Army against the Bolsheviks.
 Baron Ungern von Sternberg, military commander of the White Army in Russia, shot by Bolsheviks in 1921

1919 photo of division of Russian White Army

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