In 1745, Jens Juel was born.
In 1812, Edward Lear was born. Check out his website dedicated to his art and poetry. I recommend reading his work, he was quite the whimsical fellow, yes?
In 1664, Salomon de Bray died on this day. Click here for a profile of the artist. Looking at his portraits, I must say he had quite the talent. His brushstrokes give these a real and inviting warmth to them.
The Hunted Slaves, 1861, image via Photobucket and Bushra3.
In 1508, Michelangelo begins working on the Sistine Chapel. Having seen this work, it was like a 3D experience. All the figures looked like they were going to fall down on you. It was literally raining men! All that place needed was a disco ball, some dry ice, and some *oonce oonce oonce* style music.
In 1503, Michele Tosini di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio was born. Click here for a tiny profile on the Mannerist artist. Click here for information on what people thought about him.
Portrait of a Woman, image via Photobucket and Renard_Kitsune.
In 1825, George Innes I was born. Click here for a profile on the Hudson River painter. The following photos came from http://www.georgeinness.org