Monday, August 5, 2013

Francois Gasc with the Framed Painting

These photographs show the size of the newly discovered paintings attributed to Poussin. Perhaps the two paintings were a commission for Fouquet and were hidden - they were created in a portable size. Christ stated that he was as the sign of Jonah unto his generation: "Show us a sign—then we'll believe you are the Messiah!" That was the challenge the religious leaders of His day issued to Jesus Christ. They wondered if this man was the Messiah, as some were claiming—and they demanded that He prove it! What did He do? He did give them a sign, telling them: "A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah" (Matthew 16:4). Another gospel account records these words of Jesus: "This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation" (Luke 11:29–30). That sign, if we can identify it, will reveal the Savior of the world." The above painting could be a portrayal of Jonah and the whale.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Poussin with Geometry

"Eliezer and Rebecca" – painted for Pointel (1648) by Nicolas Poussin.

Saturday, April 20, 2013


(Click to enlarge). "Autre Marine de Henri Gasc attribuée à N.POUSSIN". In "Keys of Antiquity", Bill Kersey`s new book, he goes into the details of the interpretation of the "Knight`s Tour" decoding of the Rennes-le-Chateau parchments. Bill states that a word is left over after the decoding: "ADGENESERETH" - "Genesereth" being the title of this Francoise Gasc painting attributed to Poussin. The mysteries in the paintings of Poussin are also the subject of "Keys of Antiquity".

"Jonah" Close-Up with Geometry

Antique photograph of Notre Dame de Marceille where the paintings of Gasc were found.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Claude Lorrain

"The Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba" by Claude Lorrain 1648.

Flemish Influences - Paul Bril in Amsterdam and in Rome

Self portrait by Paul Bril.
"Fantastic Mountain Landscape" by Paul Bril, he uses the same ultramarine blue as Jan Breughel the Elder did in that one spectacular painting of the sailboats.
"Jonah and the Whale" by Paul Bril.
"The Voyage of Jonah" by Paul Bril. "Paul also did small cabinet paintings on copper, some of which are signed with a pair of glasses (a pun on the Flemish word 'bril' which means 'glasses'). A prolific draftsman, his drawings were popular with collectors and were copied by the many students who worked with him in his studio, which was a popular destination for Netherlandish artists visiting Rome. He often collaborated on paintings with Johann Rottenhammer, who according to a dealer's letter of 1617 painted the figures in Venice and then sent the plates to Rome for Bril to complete the landscape. He also collaborated with his friends Jan Brueghel the Elder and Adam Elsheimer, whom he both influenced and was influenced by. His collaboration with Elsheimer is shown in a painting now in Chatsworth House. Agostino Tassi may have been Paul's pupil. Tassi later became the master of Claude Lorrain. The Bril Brothers form one of the links between the panoramic views of Joachim Patenier, and the ideal landscape evolved by Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain. In 1621, Bril became head of the Accademia di San Luca, the artists' academy in Rome." Both Jan Breughel the Elder and Nicolas Poussin are mentioned in connection with Paul Bril.