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Artwork of the Week: October 24

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014

As leader of the Barbizon School of 19th-century landscape artists, Rousseau combined his inspiration from 17th-century Dutch landscapes with the school’s desire to paint outside in nature. This practice of working outside would later be used by the Impressionists as well. Rousseau also added his own personal experiences into works such as this by using […]

Artwork of the Week: October 17

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014

In 1943 Henri Matisse began working on paper cutouts for a book about the circus. Unable to get the color he was looking for in commercial paper, he painted white paper with gouache (opaque watercolor). He then cut out the shapes and pinned them up on the wall of his studio, rearranging them until he […]

Artwork of the Week: October 10

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014

The subject reflects the 19th-century revival of interest in romantic subjects from the Gothic age of chivalry and pageantry. Dressed in striped tights and belted velvet doublet, the youth ascends the marble stairs of a grand terrace while taunting a falcon, which flaps its wings and snaps its beak in response. Falconry was associated with […]

Artwork of the Week: October 3

Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014

In a glorious, earthy depiction of humanity and nature, peasants labor in the fields, relax with a picnic, and flirt in a vast, panoramic landscape of rolling fields that give way to a distant valley and, ultimately, the faraway sea. Possibly part of a series showing labors appropriate to the different months or seasons, A […]

Artwork of the Week: September 26

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014

Working to balance abstraction and content, fleeting gesture and solid mass, Lynda Benglis explores how to take the painterly gesture of the Abstract Expressionists and translate it into three dimensions. To create Migrating Pedmarks Benglis started with equal-sized rectangles of clay, which she twisted, pierced, and marked in a variety of ways. She then built […]

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 […]