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INDIAN HEAD AND BUFFALO
Jun 30th, 2009 by admin

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INDIAN HEAD AND BUFFALO by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “INDIAN HEAD AND BUFFALO” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Bob Kessel’s American Icons art series also includes many other famous people including Marilyn Monroe, Miles Davis, Charles Bukowski, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando and John F Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and many more.

LADY LIBERTY by Bob Kessel
Jun 27th, 2009 by admin

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LADY LIBERTY by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “LADY LIBERTY” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Bob Kessel’s American Icons art series also includes many other famous people including Marilyn Monroe, Miles Davis, Charles Bukowski, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando and John F Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and many more.

THOMAS JEFFERSON by Bob Kessel
Jun 24th, 2009 by admin

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THOMAS JEFFERSON AT MONTICELLO by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “THOMAS JEFFERSON AT MONTICELLO” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

In the thick of party conflict in 1800, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a private letter,
“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

This powerful advocate of liberty was born April 13, 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia, inheriting from his father, a planter and surveyor, some 5,000 acres of land, and from his mother, a Randolph, high social standing. He studied at the College of William and Mary, then read law. In 1772 he married Martha Wayles Skelton, a widow, and took her to live in his partly constructed mountaintop home, Monticello.

When Jefferson assumed the Presidency, the crisis in France had passed. He slashed Army and Navy expenditures, cut the budget, eliminated the tax on whiskey so unpopular in the West, yet reduced the national debt by a third. He also sent a naval squadron to fight the Barbary pirates, who were harassing American commerce in the Mediterranean. Further, although the Constitution made no provision for the acquisition of new land, Jefferson suppressed his qualms over constitutionality when he had the opportunity to acquire the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon in 1803.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Bob Kessel
Jun 23rd, 2009 by admin

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LIBERTY BELL AND BEN FRANKLIN by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “LIBERTY BELL AND BEN FRANKLIN” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Benjamin Franklin (1705 – 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity, and as a political writer and activist he supported the idea of an American nation. As a diplomat during the American Revolution he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence of the United States possible.

Franklin became a newspaper editor, printer, and merchant in Philadelphia, becoming very wealthy, writing and publishing Poor Richard’s Almanack and The Pennsylvania Gazette.

“He that is conscious of A Stink in his Breeches,
is jealous of every Wrinkle in another’s Nose.”

– Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1751

WONDER WOMAN by Bob Kessel
Jun 21st, 2009 by admin

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WONDER WOMAN by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel’s art series “POP UNINTENTIONAL” features pictures based on comic book characters like in the picture “WONDER WOMAN” shown above.  These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Other comic characters portrayed in the Pop Unintentional art series are Spiderman, Dr. Strange, Captain America, Hulk, Black Panther, Galactus, Superman, DareDevil, Batman and many more.

FAMOUS BIBLE PAINTINGS by Bob Kessel
Jun 17th, 2009 by admin

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DANIEL IN THE LION’S DEN by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens

Bob Kessel has created an art series titled, “BIBLE”. It features pictures based on the works of famous artists throughout history like the picture “DANIEL IN THE LION’S DEN”  originally by Peter Paul Rubens, shown above and the picture “DOUBTING THOMAS” shown below based on a painting by Caravaggio. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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DOUBTING THOMAS by Bob Kessel after Caravaggio

Also known as Saint Thomas Putting his Finger on Christ’s Wound. Thomas is one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. When Jesus shows himself to his followers after his resurrection, Thomas refuses to believe that this man really is his master. He demands evidence. Jesus shows him the wound caused by a Roman soldier’s lance before his crucifixion. He invites Thomas to put his finger on it. Caravaggio shows that Thomas soon casts aside all doubt.

Almost identical copies of this painting and that of the Pilgrimage to Emmaus were found in a church in the French town of Loches, in 1999. After investigation, it was announced in 2006 that both works were authentic Caravaggios. Both contain the shield of arms of Philippe de Bethune, a friend of Caravaggio’s and French ambassador in Rome. Records show that Bethune acquired four paintings from the painter. Caravaggio often made several copies of his own paintings.

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DOUBTING THOMAS by Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Italian painter with great influence both in Italy and abroad.

Caravaggio is particularly renowned for his use of chiaroscuro, a technique that uses light and dark to achieve a 3-D effect. Caravaggio breaks away from the tradition of symmetrical figures and detailed backgrounds. His figures do retain a traditional monumentality. His later work is less plastic.

Caravaggio takes his name from the village where he was born. He receives his first training in Milan, specializing in still-lives. Around 1592 he takes to Rome, the spiritual capital of the Italian peninsula, switching his subject matter to street-life and young boys.

In 1595 Caravaggio’s talent catches the eye of cardinal Francesco Del Monte, who subsequently becomes his first patron. Caravaggio’s three paintings on the life of St Matthew cause a sensation: never before has a saint, let alone an apostle, been shown like this. (calling, inspiration, martyrdom) After this succès fou, Caravaggio takes all his subjects from the New Testament.

Caravaggio’s life is as turbulent as his personality. He has many run-ins with the law and is arrested on several occasions. In 1606 a bet over a game of tennis leads to an argument, at which point Caravaggio draws his sword and kills his opponent. He flees to Naples, intending to take the long way home to Rome – where friends are lobbying for his rehabilitation – via Malta and Sicily. On his wanderings he produces several masterpieces, such as The Beheading of St John the Baptist, which he creates in Malta. He dies before reaching Rome, probably of pneumonia, in Porto Ercole. Several days after his death word arrives of papal absolution.

Caravaggio’s influence is widespread: outside Italy he inspires painters as diverse as Georges de La Tour and members of the Utrecht School, e.g. Gerrit van Honthorst – artists who in their turn are later to influence Rembrandt.

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