Queen Elizabeth II by Pietro Annigoni in the ILN
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth (born 1926), by Pietro Annigoni 1953.
Pietro Annigoni (7 June 1910 to 28 October 1988) was an Italian portrait and fresco painter, who became world famous after painting Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.
His work bore the influence of Italian Renaissance portraiture, and was in contrast to the modernist and post-modernist artistic styles that dominated the middle and late twentieth century. He was known for his romantic portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II in 1956, as well as for his portraits of Pope John XXIII, US Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, the Shah and Empress of Iran, Princess Margaret and several other members of the British royal family.
Pietro Annigoni was chosen by TIME magazine to paint President of the United States John F. Kennedy for the (January 5) 1962 Person of the Year cover. The result was perhaps his worst portrait as Kennedy would not sit still and Annigoni had no time or inclination to satisfy Time magazine. Other TIME magazine covers that featured portraits by Annigoni were the issues of October 5, 1962 (Pope John XXIII), November 1, 1963 (Ludwig Erhard), and April 12, 1968 (Lyndon B. Johnson).
Other subjects around the world that Annigoni painted include HRH Prince Phillip and several other members of the House of Windsor as well as the shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo, Florentine author Luigi Ugolini, ballet legend Dame Margot Fonteyn, British actress Julie Andrews, Russian ballet star Rudolf Nureyev, American actress and poet Vanna Bonta as a girl, and the Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur. An outspoken artist who did not refrain from iconoclasm toward his perception of passing or superficial social trends, Annigoni wrote essays challenging modern art that disregarded the basic ability to draw. He alienated critics, who claimed his art was too representational, discounting the unique dramatic signature the artist brought to Renaissance tradition
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The Army celebrate the birthday of their Queen
Pictured are members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) on the Mall as the Army celebrate the birthday of their Queen.
All the Royal Colonels accompanied Her Majesty on parade with The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Princess Royal riding as part of the parade.
This year, the Colour being trooped in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen is that of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, identified by the shamrock decorating the collars of their scarlet tunics and the distinctive blue plumes of St Patrick in their bearskin caps.
The Field Officer in Brigade Waiting, Lieutenant Colonel of the Irish Guards, will command the Parade from his horse Wellington. Before he marches his men off the square he will wish Her Majesty The happiest of birthdays from the officers and soldiers of the Household Division and The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
As well as the Irish Guards, there will be 242 Irish draught and cavalry horses on parade, and two English shire horses. Other units on parade will be Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards, 7 Company Coldstream Guards, F Company Scots Guards and The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will provide the Sovereigns Escort with the Processional route on The Mall being street lined by the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Personnel from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums, 1st Battalion Irish Guards Drums and Pipes, 1st Battalion Irish Guards Corps of Drums, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Corps of Drums, and the Bands of The Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and the Welsh Guards, will play a programme of military and Irish themed music as if one
Cave painting of a boar, artwork
Cave painting of a boar. Artwork of a cave painting found on the roof of the Altamira Cave in northern Spain, which was inhabited during the the Upper Palaeolithic period (the final period of the Old Stone Age). It is thought that the cave was inhabited during two periods, one 18, 500 years ago, and another around 15, 000 years ago. The painting, which depicts a wild boar, dates from the latter period. It is over 60 centimetres long, and was made using materials such as charcoal, ochre and haematite. The cave was discovered in 1879. Artwork from the 1913 edition of Prehistoric Times (Sir John Lubbock)
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