Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Tulip Folly

Here's a painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme I didn't know existed, because The Tulip Folly (1882) is buried in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. (Early tulip varieties were to die for; they attracted astronomical prices and unscrupulous bulb thieves, a bit like Picasso's tripe today.) This oil painting is one of more than 19,000 images of artworks, together with related information, the museum has donated to Wikimedia for unrestricted use in the public domain with freely licensed educational content in any language (CLICK). Nice one, Walters.


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