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In George de la Tour’s Saint Joseph Carpenter (c.1640), the young Jesus holds a candle while his father drills a wooden beam, foreshadowing the Crucifixion. Candlelight intensifies the spiritual drama of this apparently everyday scene.

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In George de la Tour’s Saint Joseph Carpenter the young Jesus holds a candle while his father drills a wooden beam, foreshadowing the Crucifixion. Candlelight intensifies the spiritual drama of this apparently everyday scene.

The stories behind some famous paintings...

The stories behind some famous paintings…

Take Edvard Munch`s dark masterpiece, ``The Scream,`` for example.

Jean Antoine Watteau - France - 1684/1721 - L’enseigne de Gersant .

WATTEAU, Jean-Antoine L'Enseigne de Gersaint (detail) 1720 Oil on canvas Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin Notice the back detail of the dress

Dave McKean

art-and-fury: “ Sphinx - Dave McKean’s Narcolepsy painting series ”

Mel Rosenthal: Photographs from In the South Bronx of America - One of the high school students told me she was going to be a dental assistant.

Hannah Höch: Das schöne Mädchen (The Beautiful Girl), 1920

Hannah Hoch – The Beautiful Girl – 1920

History today Sept. 22 1862 President Abraham Lincoln read the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. The Emancipation Proclamation declared "That all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Signed into law on April 16, 1863.

Lincoln presents the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. Painted by Francis Bicknell Carpenter in 1864

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