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Alexandre Cabanel / Algae and Boniface.

cavetocanvas: “ Alexandre Cabanel, Boniface and Aglaia, 1857 ”

Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt (Alva Erskine Smith), as a Venetian princess based on a painting by Alexandre Cabanel, at the Vanderbilt Ball, 1883, photographed by José Maria Mora. It was this party — a housewarming for the Vanderbilts' new chateau at 660 Fifth Avenue (at 52nd Street -- now the 666 building) — that the 30-year-old Mrs. V. unceremoniously ended the reign of her elder, the Mrs. Astor (who was then 53), who also attended the party.

William K. Vanderbilt (neé Alva Erskine Smith) dressed in costume for Alva's famous ball.

After training with Alexandre Cabanel (1823-89) and Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), Dagnan-Bouveret turned from Classical themes to subjects drawn from everyday life. In this scene, a country doctor bandages a boy's injured hand, while his family looks on with varying expressions of concern. The artist witnessed an incident like this while traveling with a doctor friend in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France.

1879 An Accident Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret Walters Art Museum

This is a portrayal of Cleopatra during the time when Octavian was using political propaganda to discredit her, as the seductive temptress who tested poison on her slaves. This piece was created around that time.

There is something delicious about late Victorian academic painting- more reminiscent of modern-day Illustration than anything, and with that distinct tang of Egyptomania. Cléopatre essayant des poisons sur des condamnés à mort, Alexandre Cabanel

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