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Monday, August 17th 2015

10:38 AM

An Italian Sunset with a nude portrait of Saskia lying under the three trees.

Rembrandt was once quoted as stating;

"You do not haft to go to Italy to paint an Italian sunset", when showing his etching of his three trees to the Dutch person he said that to. How true this statement was and turned out to be.

Rembrandt had only once left his homelands of Holland. Only one time in his life was he to do that, and that was to go to Friesland to marry his new bride Saskia at her home with her remaining family of brothers and aunts and uncles.

As most of us can see, this woman above is not the same model whom he had married in the 1630's and supposedly painted in 1636 while calling this painting the Danae. No,... this painting was painted in 1654 when it was said Rembrandt reworked it. It does not display any of the mythological story of the Danae other than the possibly of being impregnated by Zeus.

Amazing etching of Rembrandt's of a wedding couple being introduced to the Grim Reaper. One might see exactly where I took it upon myself to draw in that little squiggly hair line and shaded in the dress area. This was to make it a little more understandable what was in this great artist Rembrandt's mind. He had every intention of carrying something like this out over the next few years of his life.

A portrait of a young lady who happens to be Rembrandt young mistress who when even younger was living as a maids helper in the house with Rembrandt and his now ailing wife Saskia, along with their regular house keeper.

This ink drawing shows Saskia in deep thought of her illness, while thinking and trying to put together a timeline of how and why she had become so ill in the last few years, and the loss of her three babies.

Saskia continuing to think about what has been causing her illness and why the extra expense of this little girl as a chamber maid, one who brings her warm milk and medicine and gives her her sponge bathes.   

Possibly something is being said in these anagrams above about drinking milk?  Oops,... It looks like like she spilled the last of her drink there at the bottom as she is holding her chest area.  You see that dead Chicken hanging from that little ugly witches belt or whoever she is supposed to represent don't you? Lets assume it kinda means the same thing as that little drawing in Saskia blanket just above and to the right. You see the picture below her laying there with her eyes wide open in deep thought,.. I wonder, is that the Pied Piper playing a tune for her, as she is taking a rest stop on her way to having her last will and testimony made up with out Rembrandt knowledge?

REMBRANDT - Master of Light & Shadow

Above is a kinda important video of Rembrandt's life, but a little sparse for good and rightful information but makes for a good foundation for more talk on the subjects mentioned.

Yes,... this is a very telling message if looked at and read right. Turned at ninety degrees & reversed, it does gives up some kind of a meaning that most would just as soon not see. The hand was telling us to read it in a mirror sideways, now this is the way it would be seen.  Enough said,... you figure it out! 

Well now,.... I'm going to assume that the most of you still won't & don't understand or can read  this anagram as I see it or it was meant.  Let's start with the assumed word at the top,... Ragla, Tetama, Ant sadla, as it circles  using these 3 Types  X Poison X In cross bones in the middle.  These letters are on each side of the center cross bones Top M i I K  showing the liquid being pored in to a pale of milk with the finger of a hand pointing to it running into the pale of milk. 


My ink drawing of Rembrandt sitting in a old hand carved Dutch chair with the anagram of Dr. Faust in the back ground. My drawn anagram seem to have it's own meaning when looked at right when the total drawing is made smaller to see the metamorphic changes in the drawing. Enough said for now about this subject of change.     

more to come. 

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Monday, June 8th 2015

11:02 AM

Bob Miller's studies of the Rembrandt Danae

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Monday, June 1st 2015

10:34 AM

Stories of the past

Hendrickje, the one & only.


Nancy my wife is in the above picture on the left with our dog lovey out in front of our appliance store. Some baby pictures of me and of my older brother on the right. In the middle is a art piece of a young girl with her hand outstretched to be paid for sweeping off the steps. Next to her stands a young boy artist with a clock of the 17th century hanging next to him, his dutch wooden clogs with a paint rag in one pocket and carrying in his other hand his paint pallet. 

This painting above is of Doctor Van Loon, a good friend of his he had met below after this incident had happened below.

You can see the artist Rembrandt drawing on his artist drawing block above while the picture below shows his own signature ink marking stamp for his drawings next to his little finger.

No doubt in my own mind that this is the drawing he is preparing for this particular painting of "The Fight" he had painted here below.

The good doctor Van Loon and his French Count friend Eafrem Breuno I believe had witnessed this happening from inside a nearby tavern as the guardsman with the blunder-bust had shot and killed this man in red who is attacking the beggar-man that Rembrandt was drawing. 

I believe the beggar-man model Is trying to protect himself  from the advance of this man in red with this large rock in his hand with part of Rembrandt's equipment he was using.

You can see yourselves that this painting was painted from this drawing made by this artist Rembrandt right in the mist of all this action. The Guardsman With his foot planted and his blunder-bust pointing right at this guy in the red pulled the trigger as this renegade made his attack. As Van Loon and his good friend the count had described, this man jumped about five feet in the air before falling over dead.

This painting here represents The Woman of Samaria as the woman at the well. It depicts her profession as one of her customers is leaving as she is putting away for safe keeping what he had traded for her services.


You can just make out the hidden woman at the well.

My own school art drawing I drew in my college drawing class at B.S.U.

Can you see Judas kissing Jesus on his cheek as he is holding the back of His neck?

The is supposed to depict Judas trying to give one of the guards-man back the thirty pieces of silver he had received for betraying Jusus by giving him up by kissing him on his cheek to show them who Jesus was. 

Just look at that half cast of a young baby boy,... then look a little to the right. What do we have here?  Shall we just call it from the beginning to the end?  Yes,... we have here a bronze head of the artist Rembrandt.  If you do not believe me,.... well, I'll just show you a painted portrait of himself as he really looked in real life.  Here below is a portrait of him with a portrait of his daughter Cornelia dressed as his son Titus used to dress when holding their pet monkey.


More to come and with the stories


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Saturday, May 30th 2015

1:23 PM

"Crows in the Wheat Fields" Painted 1888-7



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Saturday, May 30th 2015

12:10 PM

Vincent's Crows in the Wheat fields outside of Paris painted in 1886-7

Vincent van Gogh's painting of "The Crows in the Wheat Fields"

Another video of the crows in the wheat fields painted in 1886- 7 in the out-skirts of Paris in a farmers wheat field. You can see they were just in the process of installing new power poles for the electricity that was coming in their near future for the residents. Look close for the crows and you just may find them. Here's one on the front picture with another one flying on the other side of him if you can imagine that. There's another two crows flying as painted as the shadow of the cut rows of grain on the other side. If you look close you should be able to find their heads to imagine the rest of their bodies flying out of the fields low as a better chance of not being shot.




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Saturday, May 30th 2015

12:05 PM

Vincent van Gogh' "Munich Sunflowers"

Video of Vincents Munich Sunflowers.

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Friday, May 22nd 2015

11:22 PM

From Velazquez to van Gogh,.... Amazing works of art!

Willemina van Gogh


Oil painting of Vincent van Gogh's sister Will, and with this drawing below on the backside of the canvas.  I know the whole lot of you will say to yourselves, no way,... this was not his style!  Well, I say you are all wrong, this was one of Vincent's ways of expressing himself when his brother Theo wasn't around telling him what and how to paint.  When Vincent painted this portrait of his sister Will, this was pretty much how she had looked for her portrait in Vincent's eyes and the way he was painting portraits of the ones in his family while knowing they would want their own portrait to be more to their own likeness.







Now you look at this portrait of Margot Begemann and you will see what and how this young girls picture differed from the 37 year old woman had looked like when Vincent had painted her.  This portrait of her was given to her with out charging her for him painting it for her. 

Back of canvas with two distinctive descriptive writings on it's backside, one that wrongfully describes her to be the daughter at the time of its sale. Totally amazing how pictures and time can be distorted & lost. The brown signature M. Zwiebel must have been Margot married name and the other name being of her daughter from the estate sale where as they assumed it was of the daughter painted around 1934 from the age that she was when she had died. She couldn't have been alive when that was written in ink as for to dispute it and to tell them that the portrait was of her mother Margot.

Picture of Anna, Vincent's sister when she was still in her late teens or early twenties.

Painting of Vincent's sister Anna by Vincent when she was seven and Vincent was nine years old. I personally would say Vincent was a pretty fair artist before most even knowing him to be one. The boy that was the son of Vincent's father's carpenter in later years said he remembered Vincent painting in color and making things out of wood at his father's carpenter shop when Vincent was just a young boy. 



Velazquez portrait of himself and his Wife on wood panel.

You can see a partial part of the Cog painting of a large Mark Bangerter painting in my collection.

Velazquez portrait of himself and his Wife on old drapery type material. You don't believe this material is old?  Well I have proof in just words my friends. You can take some existing treads fraying from the materials edge,.. lets say about 5 inches long. fold in about 1/4 inch folds through the whole five inches doubling the tread size about 15 to 20 times int about a quarter inch long. You take this little wound up ball of string in both your thumbs and forefingers,... twist the ball into two parts, roll those two parts around in your thumbs and forefingers and it turns into a powder as it falls to the floor.

Velazquez & Wife from above.
Only a court painter such As Velazquez could or would be able to add gold flakes into his clear varnishes to create a gold flake paint back in the 17th century. He painted the same time period as Rembrandt painting in Holland.  Everything one can imagine was at the court painters disposal while painting for king Phillip forth of Spain. I could actually show you the Craqulars in the paint that actually take centuries to form unless you bake them in by a high temp oven, but I'm not going to right now.


An un-known supposed Spanish woman from a Velazquez book but I'd say she is a well reformed lady of the courtesan trade of Italian decent the same time period as Pope Innocent the X of Rome. 


It has had one marvelous professional restoration done to this painting and in it's original frame from when it was created just below.

Isn't It amazing how Powerful people can rewrite history?

Just check out the delicateness of the lace. It's almost like the fanciful drawings of lettering.  I don't know about you,.. but I myself, lets say like a computer, would find Velazquez' name big and small all through the lace. As far as I'm concerned these finding of mine are to me equivalent to a signature of the artist.

 What marvelous journeys and trips these artists put us on, and especially Velazquez when taking his trips to paint important portrait for his King.  Women has always been the intriguers of men, all the way back to Eve.  It is like Pope Innocent the X of Rome saying about Velazquez's ways of painting,.... that he dare tell more about him than he wanted known.

Very old 17th century portraits of a married couple in their fine dress cloths. You can see how at one time they were framed in large square frames in a oval opening.  The canvas's is in need of relining.
It seems as though Velazquez got a little better at doing ears as time went on. These were probably hurry-up portraits for Innocent and his wife to hang in their own living room.
I hope that you all have enjoyed this little trip that I've tried to put you on!  Now it's a little bit more understanding why this beautiful lady with her fan is and was unknown to most all of us and it seem as though she was in the circle pretty much all the time.  Damn that artist telling all these stories in his ways of painting, and what was that said and quoted by Pope Innocent the X of Rome there in parenthesis on that page called A Daring Maturity a ways above? Well,... I'll say it again for him the way I think it was said; "The artist Velazquez, in his ways of painting, dare tell more about me than I want known!"


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