This black and white print depicts a scene with groups of figures separated compositionally by a large wooden post that is placed in the foreground of the composition, just left of center. Four male figures on the left look toward the scene on the right where a woman kneels in prayer before a child accompanied by two angels and a haloed man feeding hay to a donkey.
Adoration of the Shepherds: Virgin and Child in foreground at center right of composition with angels, Joseph and a donkey; shepherds are arranged on the left.
Primitive painting depicting three sailboats in the foreground, and figures sitting around tables and standing on a lawn in the middle ground, with two houses in the background.
The Famous Picnic at Val Kil documents the racially integrated picnic at which President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, entertained the King and Queen of England at their estate in Hyde Park, New York on a Sunday afternoon on June 11, 1939. Many believed the Roosevelt administration introduced equal opportunities for minorities, and for many the picnic at Val Kil symbolizes the beginning of equal rights. As an African American woman living during the Roosevelt presidency, Anne Murfee Allen undoubtedly found particular significance in the event at Val Kil.
A woman sits on the left holding a nude infant in her lap. An aureole of light radiates around her head as she looks downward toward the child, who returns her gaze. A bearded bishop wearing a miter and holding a crosier kneels before them on the right.
This chiaroscuro woodcut depicts the Virgin and Child being adored by an unidentified bishop. The print was made after a drawing by the Sienese painter Alessandro Casolani (ca. 1552-1607) by the Mantuan artist Andrea Andreani, who resided in Siena from 1586 until 1593. Andreani excelled at creating complex chiaroscuro woodcuts printed from multiple blocks. While some of his grandest prints incorporated forty blocks, this more humble example nevertheless seamlessly integrates four different blocks to produce a single image.
This woodcut features a multitude of armored figures streaming out of a walled town—the main gate of which is visible in the center background of the composition—into a hilly countryside as they engage in battle. Nearly every figure carries a lance. Several figures in the foreground are on horseback and encounter an opposing group in battle. Figures on the left and right edges of the composition carry differing raised flags.
A battle scene with figures with lances and several on horseback.
This lithograph depicts two highly abstracted and intertwined standing figures delineated in white outline against a black background. Fishtail-like forms emerge out of the figures. There is Greek lettering inscribed next to the top of the figure on the left and the letters HPA inscribed next to the top of the figure on the right.
Abstract composition with two figures and Greek inscription.
The Princess is seated at a desk covered with books. Her hands are resting on her knee and her foot rests on an ottoman. To the left behind her there are drapes and Windsor Castle can be seen through the window.