Recently, I stumbled upon the French artist Horace Vernet (1789-1863), whose 219th birthday was yesterday. Vernet is most known for his highly accurate, large-scale battle scenes, but he also painted several Biblical and Oriental scenes as well.
1. Many artists are born into artistic families, but Horace Vernet's circumstances surpass all others. Not only was his whole family artistic (including both his great-grandfather, his grandfather, his father, his uncle, and his brother-in-law), but he... READ ON