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Artwork of the Week: September 19

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014

The brilliant blues, reds, and greens of this “ribbon glass” bowl imitate the colors of semiprecious stones such as lapis lazuli, carnelian, and emerald. Ribbon glass involves assembling sections of colored glass canes (flattened glass rods) and fusing them into a variety of forms. The craftsman created a striped mosaic pattern by laying canes of […]

Artwork of the Week: September 12

Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014

The word aquamanile comes from the combined Latin words meaning “water” and “hands.” Commonly shaped like stylized animals, the intended purpose of these objects was as a pouring vessel for washing. Early examples were liturgical receptacles for ritual hand-washing before Catholic Mass, but they soon found favor in wealthy private households, where they were used […]

Artwork of the Week: September 5

Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014

The publication of Joel Tyler Headley’s Adirondack, or Life in the Woods in 1849 started a flood of tourists to the region, which in turn led to the development of hotels and stage coach lines. A little over a quarter century later, there were more than 200 hotels in the region. Vacations in the northern wilderness were […]

Artwork of the Week: August 29

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014

The design for this sumptuous silver-gilt jewel casket was created by Jean-Guillaume Moitte, the leading sculptor at the court of Napoleon. It was executed by the royal goldsmith Henry Auguste and is considered today the most ambitious sculptural project by his workshop. On the hinged lid that is shaped like an open book reclines Morpheus, […]

Artwork of the Week: August 22

Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

In an age of Google Maps and GPS, we often take for granted our ability to see the features of the Earth from a height of miles and to map our environment with the swipe of a finger on a screen. For Silver Erie,Ohio native Maya Lin plotted the contours of Lake Erie and the […]

Artwork of the Week: August 15

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014

For his mixed etchings illustrating the Seven Deadly Sins, Marc Chagall drew on his satirical, but affectionate, look at village life in his native Vitebsk, Belarus. His self-deprecating sense of humor is perfectly highlighted by the frontispiece—a witty self-portrait of the artist at his easel, represented as Envy (or Desire), with the heads of the […]

Artwork of the Week: August 8

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014

The latest acquisition by the Museum’s collecting group The Apollo Society, Indian artist Ravinder Reddy’s monumental painted fiberglass head immediately demands attention. With his fusion of contemporary pop art and Hindu sculptural tradition, Reddy creates a union of the ideal goddess and the individual woman. The frontality of the head and its wide, staring eyes […]

Artwork of the Week: August 1

Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (July 28, 1914), the Toledo Museum of Art has organized the exhibition The Great War: Art on the Front Line from its collections. Like most artists featured in the exhibition, Käthe Kollwitz was personally affected by the war. Her 18-year-old son Peter was […]

Artwork of the Week: July 25

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014

The design of this bracelet was inspired by the grand style of the Mughal Empire (1526–1761). Lavish in color and techniques, this type of bracelet, with its combination of diamonds, emeralds, and rubies, was often included in an Indian bride’s dowry. Each step in the production is carried out by a craftsman specializing in a […]

Artwork of the Week: July 18

Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Born to an upper-middle class family, Morisot rejected the social expectations of her class and gender by pursuing a professional career as an artist and even participated in the first Impressionist group exhibition in 1874. In the Garden at Maurecourt is painted in oil paints but with the freedom and spontaneity of a watercolor sketch. […]