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Miscellaneous Mining Art     

Every art museum includes at least one major gallery that contains artworks by a wide range of artists, usually arranged more or less chronologically. This is necessary in the case of mining art because some artists who have not specialized in mining art may have produced only one or a just a few mining-related works in their career. Furthermore, especially for the Ancient and Medieval periods, the artists names may be unknown. We present such a selection here, gleaned from many sources and museums around the world.
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Number of artworks found: 9 | Artworks being viewed: 1 to 8

The Mineralogical Record: Miscellaneous Mining Art - Clay Tablet from Penteskuphia, near Corinth Clay Tablet from Penteskuphia, near Corinth
Fired-clay tablet (ca. 575 B.C.)excavated at Penteskuphia near Corinth, Greece, depicting miners at work. Collection of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antiken-Sammlung.
The Mineralogical Record: Miscellaneous Mining Art - Freiburg Miner Freiburg Miner
Stained-glass window (1330) in the cathedral of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany.
The Mineralogical Record: Miscellaneous Mining Art - From Under the Sea <br><i>by James Clarke Hook (1819-1907)</i> From Under the Sea
by James Clarke Hook (1819-1907)

Oil on canvas, 32 x 45 inches (1864). The painting depicts a scene at the cliffside Botallack tin mine on the coast of Cornwall, which extends hundreds of feet below sea level. The miners, impregnated with red hematite dust, have just been hoisted up the steeply inclined shaft and out of the mine as their family members watch. The painting is in the Manchester, England City Art Museum.
The Mineralogical Record: Miscellaneous Mining Art - Miners' Houses in Auvers-sur-Oise, France<br><i>by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)</i> Miners' Houses in Auvers-sur-Oise, France
by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

Painted in 1890, the year of Van Gogh's death. Van Gogh produced nearly a painting a day for two months in Auvers-sur-Oise, while becoming familiar with the surrounding landscape and its people, including the local miners.
The Mineralogical Record: Miscellaneous Mining Art - The Trojes Mine, Mexico<br><i>by Thomas Moran (1837-1926)</i> The Trojes Mine, Mexico
by Thomas Moran (1837-1926)

Watercolor on paper (1883), 10 x 14.5 inches. Painted in the field at the Trojes silver mine near Maravatio in central Mexico. Private collection. Moran, one of America's most famous landscape painters, traveled West in 1871 to join the first government-sponsored expedition to Yellowstone, led by Ferdinand V. Hayden. He also accompanied John Wesley Powell on the famous expedition to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado in 1873, and went to Mexico to paint in 1883, where he produced the scene shown here.
The Mineralogical Record: Miscellaneous Mining Art - Der Mineraloge [The Mineralogist]<br><i>by Raphael Ritz (1829-1894)</i> Der Mineraloge [The Mineralogist]
by Raphael Ritz (1829-1894)

Oil on canvas (1883), thought to depict the Bonn mineralogist Gerhard vom Rath (1830-1888), examining mineral specimens from Lengenbach in a nearby house in Binn, Switzerland. Schweizer Heimatwerks, Zurich.
The Mineralogical Record: Miscellaneous Mining Art - The Prospector<br><i>by Newell Convers Wyeth (1888-1945) The Prospector
by Newell Convers Wyeth (1888-1945)

Oil on canvas (1906), painted for McClure's Magazine to illustrate "The story of Montana: The treasure of Butte Hill and development of the great copper industry" (September issue, 1906). Collection of Wells Fargo Bank and Company, Phoenix.
The Mineralogical Record: Miscellaneous Mining Art - Miner (15th century) Miner (15th century)
French manuscript painting from Les douze dames de rhetorique ("The Twelve Woman of Rhetoric") by an unknown artist in Montferrant. The allegorical scene depicts a woman mining gems of rhetotic with which to enrich the books at her feet. The tools and garments shown are similar to those of miners from that time period.
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