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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. […]

Artwork of the Week: July 11

Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014

July 14 is Bastille Day and marks the 225th anniversary of the French Revolution. Vigée-Lebrun was court painter and close friend to Marie-Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI. Because of her association with the Queen, even though she herself was not noble (she was the daughter of an artist), she was forced to flee Paris during […]

Artwork of the Week: July 4

Posted on Friday, July 4th, 2014

Robert Frank traveled across America with his camera, capturing scenes that illuminated the American character of the 1950s in all of its beauty and ugliness. His images were honest and real records of the social structure in America at the time. In this photo—remarkably composed with repeating rectangles and a regular rhythm suggesting motion—Frank utilized […]

Artwork of the Week: June 27

Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014

Created two years before Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s early death at age 36, this lithograph is a testament to the artist’s expressive skill. He expertly conveys the speed and power of the horses thundering around the Longchamp Racecourse on the outskirts of Paris. Horseracing was a fashionable pastime in turn-of-the-century Paris, and artists like Lautrec and […]

Artwork of the Week: June 20

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, semi-precious stones ranked highest in the hierarchy of materials “made by nature.” Therefore objects made from them were reserved for the royal families and the most elite citizens of Europe. Vessels carved from rock crystal, agate, or lapis lazuli imparted splendor to aristocratic tables and collector’s cabinets and were kept […]

Artwork of the Week: June 13

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014

The wedjat represents the eye of Horus, the god of the sky, often depicted as a falcon or a man with a falcon head. Here the wedjat is in the form of an amulet, or protective charm. Horus lost his left eye in a battle with his brother Seth, the god of chaos and confusion. […]

Artwork of the Week: June 6

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

John Sloan was one of a group of New York-based artists who created a particularly American style of painting: gritty urban scenes often painted with quick brushstrokes that suggest, rather than define, form. Here, Sloan depicts the marquee of a newly recognizable building in urban life: the movie house. These modern marvels were becoming more […]

Artwork of the Week: May 30

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014

Young women of the Mende people are traditionally initiated at puberty into Sande (SAHN-day), a society of women who are keepers of secret knowledge. A masquerade called sowei (SOH-way) is performed during an initiation ritual or celebration. Sowei is nearly the only time African dance masks are worn by women. This mask’s features express Mende […]