First Authenticated Christmas Tree - Strasbourg
Christmas Tree in History and Legend: The Earliest Authenticated Christmas Tree in Strasbourg (at this time in Germany). A merchant of Strasburg (a Mr Forbes) writes of the residents of the city setting up fir trees in their parlours on which to hang paper cut-outs, apples, wafers, sweets etc.. The tree is visible to passers-by out on the street, catching the particular attention of two young children, who look in to admire the decorations. Date: 1605
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GRECO, DomE?nikos TheotokU?pulos, called El (1541-1614). Ago
RENAISSANCE ART. SPAIN. GRECO, DomE?nikos TheotokU?pulos, called El (Candia , 1541-Toledo, 1614). Cretan painter, representative of the last phase of Mannerism. Agony in the garden, h. 1610-1612. Museum of Fine Arts. Budapest. Hungary.
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A Royal Yacht of 1674 by G. H. Davis
A diagrammatic reconstruction painting of a royal yacht owned by King Charles II, one of two presented to him by the Dutch when he was restored to the throne. Parts of the deck are diagrammatically removed to reveal the luxurious appointments of the interior. The artist, G. H. Davis, drew the reconstruction by referring to the famous model in the Royal Naval College at Greenwich (claimed to represent the 'Catharine', constructed by Phineas Pett at Chatham in 1674).
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