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Artwork of the Week: December 12

Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014

Until its recent appearance in London, this necklace was only known from a circa 1904 drawing by English Arts and Crafts designer Edward Spencer. The necklace not only displays the exquisite craftsmanship typical of the Arts and Crafts style, but also a design rich in complex symbolism. The circle formed by the chain symbolizes order […]

Artwork of the Week: December 5

Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014

Named for the conical roof of the artist’s studio, Conoid Bench retains the original form of its component boards. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Nakashima carried a deep childhood appreciation for nature into his adult career. This bench is designed according to the individual attributes of the wood planks selected for the bench. Fashioned […]

Artwork of the Week: November 28

Posted on Friday, November 28th, 2014

Palm Trees, Bahamas was painted in the winter months of 1898–99, probably in Nassau, where American master of the watercolor Winslow Homer spent many of his winters beginning around this time. “I think the Bahamas the best place I have ever found,” he wrote. Conceived from a low vantage point, the curving and straight trunks […]

Artwork of the Week: November 21

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Mina’i pottery, which adapts Chinese techniques, shapes, and imagery, has been identified with Kashan, a city about 125 miles south of modern Tehran, Iran. Kashan remained an important ceramic center through the 17th century. Bowls from Kashan typically depict limited subject matter, such as hunters, musicians, and princes with attendants and animals in gardens—images of […]

Artwork of the Week: November 14

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014

Working in a late Gothic style around 1400, an unknown artist crafted these objects of gilded silver on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean, which at that time was part of the Spanish kingdom of Aragon. In the sacramental ritual of the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion), medieval Christians used lavish vessels like these […]

Artwork of the Week: November 7

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014

The art of “sampling” underpins much of hip hop and rap music and has had enormous impact on artist Kehinde Wiley. Sampling in music is the act of taking a segment of an original recording and incorporating it into a new recording. Wiley, a native of South Central Los Angeles who studied art at Yale […]

Artwork of the Week: October 31

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Haunting and evocative, Dress Impression with Train is also a technical tour-de-force. Karen LaMonte cast a model’s body in wax to make a mold for the interior of her sculpture. She then dressed the hollow mold in an evening gown and cast it in glass to create a ghostly, translucent, “empty” dress. LaMonte chose to […]

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 […]