Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pieter van Laer's horses

*horse and dog by van Laer Bamboccio

the world fiesta of football aka Mundial is in full swing, I have been watching games every day, uff, and we are still in the first stage of the games.
So let me travel to the Golden Age of Dutch painting and there is a very interesting Dutch painter Pieter van Laer, who was a prey capable painter of horses. Unfortunately melancholy might have killed him prematurely when he was traveling in Italy. He was active in Italy where he was named Bamboccio*, and his followers were called Bamboccianti (in the linked above book p. 132 there is the explanation of his nickname)
Wikimedia Commons offers several examples of his talent and skills, so I am attaching them below



Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kochanowskiego Glinka Bialogrzywy et Czapski

Salvete Omnes,

[in Polish]
Jan Kochanowski z Czarnolasu napisał był fraszkę Nagrobek koniowi, (Fraszki Księgi Trzecie) w stylu epitafiow rzymskich (tutaj mamy przykład takowego epitafium z II wieku AD, dzisiaj w muzeum w Weronie, Italia - angielskie tłumaczenie z łaciny tamze - You, who outran the wandering birds & beat the winds, graze no longer in the Tuscan or Siculan woods, but in this tomb  - - po polsku z angielskiego na szybko: Ty, który prześcigałeś wędrujące ptaki i wygrywałeś z wiatrem [zawody], paść się więcej nie będziesz w toskańskich czy sycylijskich borach  lecz w tymże grobie ).

Tym cię marmorem uczcił twój pan żałościwy
Pomniąc na twoją dzielność Glinko białogrzywy!
A tyś był dobrze godzien, nie podległszy skazie,
Swiecić na wielkiem niebie przy lotnym Pegazie.
Ach nieboże! toś ty mógł z wiatry w zawód biegać,
A nie mogłeś nieszczęsny śmierci się wybiegać.

Karol Miller pinxit

Marian Hutten-Czapski napisał był Historie powszechna konia w 3 tomach, do której dodał album z własnymi [sic!] grafikami, min z końmi polskimi



Saturday, June 9, 2018

Jan Asselijn - horses in war and chase

Salvete Omnes,

today I will bring to your attention a painting by a Dutch Golden Age painter.
Namely, today's subject is a work by a Jan Asselijn or Asselyn, disciple of Esaias van de Velde,  born in Dieppe as Jean Asselin but who upon settling in Netherlands became Jan Asselijn.
 Several horses from various works - large Baroque saddles

splendid saddle on this grey fallen mount

the painting in question - The Cavalry Charge at Sunset

 the painting is housed at the Dutch Rijksmuseum
The main figure in full detail, grey horse has a typical curb-bit in his mouth and the reins are rather relaxed, perhaps indicating that this stallion was fully trained (at least in the eye of the painter), and the rider is not trying to break his jaw with tight reins

this biting horse reminds me of the famous incident with Diego Ventura's horse attacking a bull - 

another rider

detail of the horse and rider from the rear


Friday, June 8, 2018

Just sketching...

Salvete Omnes,
I have just learned that I will not be taking part in the August 15 reenactor parade* during the Polish Armed Forces Day in Warsaw  - the organizers allegedly saw no room for diverse troops, but just larger and more uniformed mounted troops like the 2nd uhlan regiment (Duchy of Warsaw) - we were going to go as Vistula Lancers, but being a few we did not cut the final team - they say... just sketching, including copying figures from the XVII century paintings, and thinking about the Latin saying sic transit gloria mundi..


*last fall the former minister of defense Antoni Macierewicz called for a huge gathering of reenactors to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining her independence - nota bene semper Vivat Polonia Resitututa .
It was supposed to be 600 cavalrymen and several thousand of infantrymen from the early Piast period to the War World II and beyond marching along the present day professional Polish soldiers.
 This parade would have been bigger than the Communist regime celebration of 1000 years of Polish history in 1966. But apparently due to many reasons this grandiose plan has been reduced in size and scope etc.
I hope there will be some parade on that August festive day, even if it will be smaller in size.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Lisbon AD 1619

last month I posted some carriages from a map-like panoramic view showing the Royal City of Gdansk AD 1617, this time I corralled some details showing horse, riders and one carriage from a panoramic view of a city of Lisbon, then a major city within a Spanish Empire,  circa 1619.
There is only one carriage and very few horses in this port city


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Medieval horseman - detail from the Hereford Cathedral Mappa Mundi

Salvete Omnes,
Mappa Mundi - a medieval map (XII-XIII century map, at least per horse tack) from Hereford cathedral in England.
Rider portrayed with an archer in tow and a hunting dog on leash.
Horse is a palfrey, spotted and highly trained while his trappings and harness is of high quality and richness, including  wide breaststrap (eg Chronica Majora by Matthew of Paris) and very unusual crouper (with small bells? ) similar to the ones portrayed in the Liber ad Honorem Augusti.

another equid from the map

 and the mythical faun

details from the Wiki Commons copy originally published in the XIX century 

Arne Koets on Knightly Lancer saddles

Salvete Omnes,

Just a short entry - thanks Marcin Ruda of Ruda Saddlery of Poland-

well known ecuyer Arne Koets did a short video presentation of two medieval  lancer saddles, one from the XIII-XIV centuries (or even as early as XII century)  and the second more developed lancer saddle from the XV century,  saddles were made by Andre Görlach (XII-XIVc) and Joram van Essen (XVc) of Germany.

Arne takes time to explain the saddle construction and its impact on riding and lance fighting - so enjoy and learn.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Giuseppe Rava - painter of the soldier and warrior

Salvete Omnes,
I have been an admirer of maestro Giuseppe Rava art and talent for quite a long time now; I think it started with the Italeri miniature soldier box art back in the 1990s.  Signore Rava, through his prodigious talent with a brush and hard work,  has become one of the most preeminent military illustrators of our XXI century.
 Painter masterfully uses oils, watercolor, inks, gouache and other traditional media.

Today, with Mr. Rava's permission I have a pleasure to share with you some, out of thousands of plates, of maestro Giuseppe's art.
The Egyptian chariots, Alexander, Carthaginians, Romans, Longobards, medieval warriors and heroines, Crusaders, Napoleonic subjects et many others - a feast for the eyes and amazing proficiency with historic subjects and horses in action.

I especially love those in progress examples -
Alexander Nevsky at the battle of lake Peipus

French Cuirassier

Confederate cavalryman

Finally, there is a book, published by Winged Hussar Publishing (WHP) LLC  in the US, aptly titled The Art of Giuseppe Rava - in the US can be had from Amazon.

WHP LLC published another book with Mr Rava art - on the late Roman armies and wars


all images @ Giuseppe Rava