Old Maltese Art Paintings
Most of these paintings I got from a FB friend named Angela Gillett. These are her words as well....
This painting is from a german noble woman with her little maltese painted by Cranach the Older in the middle ages, end of the 14th century. There is still the typical stiffness of the painted characters to observe which is overcome in the renaissance a little later on. The little Jewel suffers a little from this rigid expression same as his Mom :-) Again, we see its coat cut in the then fashionable "Lioncut" :-)
Duplessis Joseph Siffred - 1725 - 1802 - is the french painter who painted this grand Dame with her Maltese. We do not know who she was but I really like her. She and her Maltese look at us through time with intelligent and smiling eyes, I wish I could have been her friend. I think she was a very interesting human being and so was her little Maltese!
David Emile Joseph de Noter (1812-1892) is the author of this enchanting victorian painting. Besides giving us a view unto the victorian lifestyle, we see here a conspiracy between the Lady and her Maltese She is showing him the treat he is about to get and he does his part in giving her joy with his well educated little paw in the air,a gesture which our Maltese know to do so well and both are enjoying themselves as we can see! The title of this painting is "The Ladies obedient dog".
Definitely, 18th century is the time of great, painters and of course, our Maltese, being such pretty creatures, were immortalized by those too. Here we have one of England great painters, Joshua Reynolds, who is the author of this precious painting named "Nelly O'Brien", from 1763. Reynolds had a dominion of the Light, similar to Rembrandt, and his paintings are worth millions today. Our Maltese rests his head on his Ladies hand in that typical gesture and expression we also love so much today.
Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931) is the author of this portrait of a woman with her beloved Maltese painted in 1878. This painting is interesting for us it shows our Maltese is wearing already a topknot. It is the oldest portrait of a white jewel wearing a topknot as we know them today. Very endearing for the viewer is the Love of the woman for her precious Maltese, even though his body tells us that he would rather be chasing a toy, just like ours when we want them to hold still for a picture.
Now, in our voyage through history, we enter the 18th century, going backwards in time to see the painting of a great painter, Jean Honore Fragonard - (1732-1806) - who painted this masterpiece, called "Love Letter". our little Maltese is part of this conspirary of the heart, keeping watch so nobody surprises his Lady....enjoy!
This Painting is from a french Painter, Pierre Charles Comte ( 1823 - 1895 ) and its title is "Best of Friends" :-) and is one of my favorites! I am sure all of you can relate to the young woman and her Maltese, sharing a moment of total communication and union in their Love for each other. I only have one word for this Masterpiece: Exquisite!
Jean Jaques Bachelier (1724 - 1806) gave us this jewel of a painting, in the best style of the grand french painters he was one of. This painting is very valuable for us, since it shows our Maltese as they looked like 260 years ago. You see several colors , from a light creme over apricot ears to chocolate colored ears, expressive eyes like they have nowadays, small, but not too small bodies and a gorgeous coat. Its also nice to see how a doggie bed for our pampered jewels looked centuries ago
This delightful painting was painted by the french painter Joseph Caraud, and it is from about the same time as our first painting, from 1874. The title is " Midday Stroll ". we can see that the Maltese in those times was a little dog very much in fashion by the Ladies which liked to take their little darlings everywhere they went.
But who is saying that Victorians had no sense of humor, we can proof such opinion wrong with this delightful painting from a french Painter which was plagued with lots of surnames ;-) Piltieres Albert Anatole Martin Ernest Lambron who painted "The Young Widow" in 1869. We have life and love beckoning our young widow , telling her that she is too young to retire permanently into widowhood so soon. She, at least, risks an eye and almost can't hide a smile at the offer and what does our littl
Eduardo Tofano, 1838-1920 painted this funny painting fo a little Maltese which does not want to go out, lol! The title tells us so too:"But I want to stay" It makes us wonder looking at it from the present, who won in the end???? Maltese do know so very well what they want, lol!
Francisco José de Goya - The duchess of Alba with her Maltese dog. Now we go to 18th century Spain and take a look at famous Maltese there. Here we have the (in)famous Duchess of Alba (yes the one who posed for that famous painting without clothes from Francisco de Goya 1746 - 1826 ) and he is the Author of this painting too. So this little Maltese for sure had many stories to tell about his life with his rebellious Lady!