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Charles Le Brun

Charles Le Brun was a French painter, art theorist, a director of several art schools of his time. As court painter to Louis XIV, who declared him "the greatest French artist of all time", he was a dominant figure in 17th-century French art and much influenced by Nicolas Poussin. Born in Paris, Le Brun attracted the notice of Chancellor Séguier, who placed him at the age of eleven in the studio of Simon Vouet, he was a pupil of François Perrier. At fifteen he received commissions from Cardinal Richelieu, in the execution of which he displayed an ability which obtained the generous commendations of Nicolas Poussin, in whose company Le Brun started for Rome in 1642. In Rome he remained four years in the receipt of a pension due to the liberality of the chancellor. There he worked under Poussin. While in Rome, Le Brun studied ancient Roman sculpture, made copies after Raphael, absorbed the influence of the local painters. On his return to Paris in 1646, Le Brun found numerous patrons, of whom Superintendent Fouquet was the most important, for whom he painted a large portrait of Anne of Austria.

Employed at Vaux-le-Vicomte, Le Brun ingratiated himself with Mazarin secretly pitting Colbert against Fouquet. Le Brun was the driving force behind the establishment of the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1648, was elected as one of the original twelve elders in charge of its running, he remained a dominant figure at the academy and held the positions of chancellor in 1655, rector from 1668 and director from 1683. When Colbert took control of the institution in 1661, Le Brun was there to assist him in his endeavour to reorganise it with the goal that the academicians would work towards bringing about a theoretical foundation for a national French art. Both founded the Academy of France at Rome in 1666 as a base for promising young artists who would live and learn there for a certain period on the expense of the crown. Another project Le Brun worked on was Hôtel Lambert; the ceiling in the gallery of Hercules was painted by him. Le Brun started work on the project in 1650, shortly after his return from Italy.

The decoration continued intermittently over twelve years or so, as it was interrupted by the renovation of Vaux le Vicomte. In 1660 they established the Gobelins, which at first was a great school for the manufacture, not of tapestries only, but of every class of furniture required in the royal palaces. Commanding the industrial arts through the Gobelins—of which he was director—and the whole artistic world through the Academy—in which he successively held every post—Le Brun imprinted his own character on all, produced in France during his lifetime, he was the originator of Louis XIV Style and gave a direction to the national tendencies which endured centuries after his death. The artistic output of artists and students from the Gobelins would exert a strong influence on art elsewhere in Europe; the nature of his emphatic and pompous talent was in harmony with the taste of the king, full of admiration of the paintings by Le Brun for his triumphal entry into Paris and his decorations at the Château Vaux le Vicomte, commissioned him to execute a series of subjects from the history of Alexander.

The first of these, "Alexander and the Family of Darius," so delighted Louis XIV that he at once ennobled Le Brun, created Premier Peintre du Roi with a pension of 12,000 livres, the same amount as he had yearly received in the service of the magnificent Fouquet. The King had declared him "the greatest French artist of all time". "The Family of Darius," known as "The Queens of Persia at the Feet of Alexander," was cut down in size by Le Brun, retouched to disguise the alteration to make the painting similar in size to a painting by Paolo Veronese that Louis XIV had acquired. From this date all, done in the royal palaces was directed by Le Brun. Designs had to be approved of by the king before they could be rendered into paintings or sculptures. In 1663, he became director of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, where he laid the basis of academicism and became the all-powerful, peerless master of 17th-century French art, it was during this period that he dedicated a series of works to the history of Alexander The Great, he did not miss the opportunity to make a stronger connection between the magnificence of Alexander and that of the great King.

While he was working on The Battles, Le Brun's style became much more personal as he moved away from the ancient masters that influenced him. The works of the gallery of Apollo in the Louvre were interrupted in 1677 when Lebrun accompanied the king to Flanders, finally—for they remained unfinished at his death—by the vast labours of Versailles, where he reserved for himself the Halls of War and Peace, the Ambassadors' Staircase, the Great Hall of Mirrors. Le Brun's decoration is not only a work of art, it is the definitive monument of a reign. In 1669, Louis XIV elected to renovate Versailles, a tiny palace, transform it into an opulent dwelling where he would meet with his subjects and foreign diplomats. Le Brun was in charge of its decoration down to the most minute details of arrangement and presentation. In addition to classical paintings, depictions of Louis’ reign adorned the palace walls; the whole structure and its decorations were intended to awe visitors with the splendor and tas

Anne Marie Becraft

Anne Marie Becraft was an American educator and nun. One of the first African-American nuns in the Roman Catholic Church, she established a school for black girls in Washington, D. C. Becraft was born in 1805 to Sara Becraft; the oldest of seven children, she began her formal education at the age of four at the white-operated Potter School in Washington, D. C. Race hostilities forced her to leave the school in 1812. Becraft continued her studies at another white-operated school, New Georgetown, until 1820, when it closed because white involvement in the education of black people was discouraged. At 15, Becraft became the proprietor of a day school for girls; the school operated from a house on Dunbarton Street in Georgetown. There was an average of 35 girls who "comprised girls from the best colored families of Georgetown, Washington and surrounding counties." The school became known as the Georgetown Seminary and operated as an academy for boarders and day students, one of the first for females in the District.

Becraft operated the school for eight years, at which point she resigned and moved to Baltimore in 1831 to join the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore, the first Roman Catholic religious institute for Catholic women of African descent. The school continued under the direction of Ellen Simonds. On September 8, 1832, Becraft received the religious name Sister Aloysius; the following year she took her became the 11th sister to join the Oblates. She was a teaching oblate who instructed her students in arithmetic and embroidery. From the age of 15 Becraft had suffered from a chronic chest ailment. In 1833 her condition worsened and she was admitted to the order's infirmary, she died on December 16, 1833, aged 28. Becraft was buried in Baltimore's Old Cathedral Cemetery. On April 18, 2017, Georgetown University renamed Remembrance Hall after Becraft; the dedication of Anne Marie Becraft Hall was attended by Georgetown president John DeGioia, current students and administrators, descendants of Becraft.

Anne Marie Becraft Hall is the first building at Georgetown University to be named after an African-American woman. McSherry Hall was named after former Georgetown president Fr. William McSherry, one of the two Jesuits who played a major role in the 1838 Georgetown slave sale. In November 2015, Georgetown University announced that the name of McSherry Hall would be temporarily changed to Remembrance Hall, based the recommendations of the university's 16-member Working Group on Slavery and Reconciliation. Consisting of administrators and students, the group was convened by DeGioia in September to research the university's slavery-related sites. Mulledy Hall, named for the Rev. Thomas Mulledy, S. J. the president who authorized the 1838 Georgetown slave sale of 272 enslaved Africans, was temporarily changed to Freedom Hall. Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history and African American studies and a member of the Georgetown University Working Group on Slavery and Reconciliation, described Becraft as "a devout Catholic and committed to educating young girls of color in the nation’s capital.

Though she experienced both anti-Catholic and anti-black intimidation, she responded to her calling to teach and to serve God.”The 1870 “Condition and Improvement of Public Schools in the District of Columbia" stated that Becraft "is remembered, wherever she was known, as a woman of the rarest sweetness and exaltation of Christian life and attractive in person and manners, well educated, wholly devoted to doing good."

Bob Casullo

Bob Casullo is a former NFL and college coach who most coached for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, having started his NFL career in 2000 coaching Special Teams for the Raiders. Casullo who has 35 years of coaching experience was most the Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for Syracuse University but left that position in November 2010, one week before the team's final regular season game. Bob and his Wife Pat have Rocco & Jamie. Casullo attended Little Falls High School, he was a captain for all three teams. After starring at quarterback in high school, Casullo went on to a career as Fullback for the Brockport State University football team in New York, earning honorable mention All-America honors his senior season. Throughout his college and NFL career, Casullo has distinguished himself as one of the league's better special teams coaches, his special teams unit helped the Raiders to three consecutive AFC West titles including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. In 2000, his unit led the whole of the NFL in net punting average.

In 2001, they led the AFC sending their punter to the Pro Bowl. That year, he produced an outstanding kickoff coverage unit, that kept opponents less than 20 yards from their own end zone 17 times. In his final year with the Raiders he produced a unit, third in the NFL in punt return average. During his 2004 season with the New York Jets as tight ends coach, Curtis Martin won the NFL Rushing title, his first season with the Seahawks, in 2005, was not without success. The special teams saw a rotation of injury replacements. Casullo had lost former Special Teams Pro Bowler Alex Bannister to another broken collar bone, the other injuries to WRs, LBs and DB began to eat into his personnel. There were miscues: several fumbles on kick and punt returns, some lost, notably at the hands of Josh Scobey seemed to portend ill tidings. Blown coverages that allowed a kick return for a touchdown in St. Louis versus the hated Rams, a punt return for a touchdown by Steve Smith in the NFC Championship game threatened to doom the Seahawks greatest season.

But converted safety Jordan "Big Play Babs" Babineaux forced a fumble on special teams, recovered by long snapper J. P. Darche to seal the victory in St. Louis. There was evidence of an illegal block in the back freeing Steve Smith for the punt returned for a TD, but the officials picked up the flag and elating the Carolina radio crew. Josh Brown, who provided his share of game-winning kicks tied a franchise record of 8 50+ yard field goals and earned an invite as a Pro Bowl alternate. On January 19, 2007, Casullo was reunited with Coach John Gruden & hired as the tight ends coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replacing the departing Ron Middleton, he joined the staff and will be part of the coaching staff for the Senior Bowl. On Friday, February 13, 2009, Syracuse University announced that Casullo had been hired as Syracuse University's assistant head coach for football. On November 22, 2010, Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone whom was coached by Casullo at Syracuse has announced that Casullo was no longer a part of the coaching staff.

Marrone gave no further explanation but went on to success with a team that Casullo recruited & stocked up for him