17th Century Rosettes By Unknown

Rosettes are round stylized flower designs. The full title for these pieces is “Rosette Bearing the Names and Titles of Shah Jahan”. Shah Jahan was the fifth Mughal emperor of India, and reigned from 1628 to 1658. Read more about him at Wikipedia.

The creator for these pieces is unknown.

Images are from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is under Public Domain License. Information is from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).

With Love, TeeTee Ella

Monsters and Horns (17th Century)

Original title is “Women and male monster”, but I felt “Monsters and Horns” fit it better. Plus I love double entendres!

This piece was created sometime between 1604 to 1616. The artist is Arent Van Bolten. He has a thing for drawing grotesque creatures, so I look forward to sharing more of his works!

According to the British Museum, Bolten was a Dutch artist that lived from 1573 to 1633. [1] He is sometimes called “Arent Van Zwolle” by archives, due to the fact he is from Zwolle – a city in the Netherlands.

The only other person who is linked to this print is the publisher Pierre Firens. Since the initials on the art are “N.G.”, not fitting of Firens or Bolten, it is most likely the printmakers mark. Besides for their origin being Paris, nothing else is known about the printer.

[1] “Arent Van Bolten” information page from the British Museum. This image is from the Rijksmuseum and is under Public Domain License.

With Love, TeeTee Ella

The Scold’s Bridle

A Scold’s bridle, sometimes called a witch’s bridle, a gossip’s bridle, a brank’s bridle, or simply branks, was an instrument of punishment, as a form of torture and public humiliation.

(Photo)Scold’s Bridle, 1550-1800 under (CC BY 4.0) – Credit Wellcome Collection. Information from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0). (Art)1870 Two Scold’s Bridles under Public Domain License.

With Love, TeeTee Ella