Thursday, February 26, 2015

Destruction of Antiques in Iraq

my heart is filled with sadness as I watch these images and the videos in the links below

 Akkadian, Assyrian, Hatrene and Parthian antiques being destroyed, thousands of years of art history and most important human history done away ... the cradle of our Civilisation is bleeding


Islamic State 'destroys ancient Iraq statues in Mosul - BBC

 ISIS fighters destroy priceless Iraq antiquities - CBS Canada - shows mroe destruction
New Islamic State video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts 

Partho-Hatrene sculpture when still intact

Shame - it seems there is only one true 'faris' in the Middle East - king Abdullah II of Jordan. Where are the others?

Historical art of Sergey I. Shamenkov

today is my pleasure to introduce to you another artist from Ukraine, who specializes in meticulous research into the military and material history of the subjects he paints and writes about - eg excellently researched article on the Swedish officers' uniforms during the Great Northern War, or antother one about the winged hussars armour of the Russian Imperial service. 

Sergey I. Shamenkov comes from from beautiful Odessa, on the Pontic cost of Ukraine, where ancient Greeks mingled with the nomadic Scythians and others some 2,700 years ago.

So Sergiey  graduated from the M.B. Grekov Odessa Art School, then Lviv National Academy of Arts, specialized in sculpture. Works in the genre of military miniature figurines, small-form sculpture, he is an author and illustrator of several military history books from the Kiev publishing house "Tempora".

Also, Sergey has been in the military history reenactment since 2001. He is a founder and director of   "Enchepingsky Infantry Regiment", "Hetman's musketeers." Member of military history clubs: Vic "Roman Vexiliatio of the province of Lower Moesia," "Legion of the OSS."

Research interests: civil and military costume of Ukrainian Cossacks, Russian Empire, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Sweden during XVI- XVIII centuries.

Sergey signs his work as Rogala, and apart from Ukrainian language, he is fluent in Russian,  Polish is his mother's tongue,  and he knows English - :)

Finally, Sergey has an active page on Facebook, so you can find him there if you choose so.

Gallery of some of Sergey's meticulously researched works, one day we will do an interview about his art, research, and art process.
Migration Period - Huns, Slavs, Goth warriors

XVI-XVII centuries - great research and spectacular results

Great Northern War


 all the images Sergey Shamenkov's copyright.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Charles V - el rey de Espana & Emperor - on horsback

let us turn to the Renaissance Europe for a moment today, as usual about the horses and their riders, a very aristocratic rider in this instance.
The focus is on the top monarch of the Christian Europe, Charles V , who has been portrayed with knightly horses quite often.
Mind you he was not the most powerful monarch in the world at this time, actually because the was not a single most powerful monarch, but truly he was one of them, the other powerful one was the Ottoman Turkish emperor  (sultan)  Suleiman the Magnificent.
Although we may say that he was not as knightly as his paternal grandfather, der Kaiser Maximillian, nevertheless let us look at some of his fabulous portraits and other images showing el empeador Charles with horses and horse tack of his times.

Charles V, apart from the landsknechts, liked to use stradtiots and Hungarian hussars as well as German reiters and this portrait fabulous equestrian portrait by Titian shows him as a lighter cavalryman than the heavy lancer of the first part of the century.
But Charles did own many suits of armour and used heavy horse armour for his mounts, as this drawing of one of them shows.
or this contemporary woodcut print, ( from this  flicker's account )

Battle of Muhlberg and other martial pursuits

this part shows Hungarian hussars
 and more early winged hussars here

and some other images, including one associated with his conquest of Tunis


. some of the funerary procession horses of Charles V

'Fictional' portrait of Charles  by Anthony van Dyck
modern illustration showing Charles V


Monday, February 23, 2015

Altomonte - Wieden i Parkany - renowacja i 'spory'

Italczyk Marcin Altomonte pracował był dla króla jegomości Jana III jako jeden z nadwornych malarzy monarchy ad maiestas gloriam.
Najslyniejsze to
Bitwa pod Chocimiem AD 1673 - ze strony

Bitwa pod Wiedniem AD 1683

Druga Bitwa pod Parkanami 1683

Artykuł o samej Zolkwi i jej historii od strony  historii Polski,  utraconych zabytków sztuki i obrazów Altomontego.

Ciekawy artykuł o renowacji 2  powyższych  obrazów Altomontego z ukraińskich zbiorów przeprowadzonych na koszt strony polskiej w Polsce.

Artykuł o 'sporze o Altomontego' związanym min   z 'polska' Kolegiata w Zolkwi jak i planem zmarłego dyrektora Lwowskiej Galerii Sztuki/Obrazów  dotyczącymi dziel Altomontego.

w albumie "Husaria Rzeczpospolitej' zabrakło 2 obrazów Altomontego - wymienionego wyżej Chocimia jak i 'Bitwy pod Ostrzyhomiem', także również nie występuje dzieło jego kolegi od pędzla a rylca, i być może kompana od kielicha Jerzego Eleutera Szymonowicza – Siemiginowskiego, miejmy nadzieje ze autorzy poprawia te braki w drugim albumie o ikonografii związanej z husaria?

przy okazji ów słynny  konny portret Jego Królewskiej Mości Jan III autorstwa mości Eleutera z AD 1686

a tutaj mamy min artykuł z 1930 roku o ikonografii wojennej Jana III - autor Aleksander Czolowski - link podał dawno już temu Kadrinazi :) , ergo odświeżam