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Artwork of the Week: July 10

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Edmund Osthaus was born in Hildesheim, Germany. He studied at Düsseldorf Academy and immigrated to America in 1882. He worked in St. Louis and Wisconsin until 1886 when Toledo Blade editor D.R. Locke brought him to Toledo as principal of Toledo Academy of Fine Arts, which Osthaus headed until 1892. Interest in dogs and hunting […]

Artwork of the Week: July 3

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The exuberant design on this engraved glass bowl shows a stylized fireworks display bursting above a gazebo in a tree-lined garden. Swedish Modern glass, first developed by Orrefors Glassworks in the 1910s, suggested “frozen liquid” in its simplicity and beauty. Edward (Edvard) Hald, one of Orrefors’ chief designers during the 1920s and 1930s, popularized the […]

Artwork of the Week: June 26

Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2015

This Dutch cabinet is a tour-de-force of 17th-century luxury furniture-making techniques. The rich, red tortoiseshell veneer mimics Japanese lacquer and is beautifully contrasted with the carved ebony frame. The inlays of colored woods and ivory are expertly arranged in elaborate floral designs. Behind the central door are more drawers, inlays, a carved ivory plaque of […]

Artwork of the Week: June 19

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2015

A student and assistant of Rembrandt’s from the early 1630s to about 1642, Ferdinand Bol became a successful portraitist working in Amsterdam. This self-portrait, painted when Bol was about 31, shows the direct influence of his famous teacher. Bol based his pose and composition on a 1639 etched self-portrait and a 1640 painted self-portrait by […]

Artwork of the Week: June 12

Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015

Core-formed and cast glass vessels had been made at least as early as the 15th century BCE in Egypt and Mesopotamia, but the revolutionary technique of glassblowing did not appear in the Roman Empire until the first century BCE. This skill was brought to the capital city of Rome from the Eastern Mediterranean (modern Syria), […]

Artwork of the Week: June 5

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Korean-American artist Nam June Paik is often hailed as the father of new media art and is renowned for his early exploration into the overlap between music, video, performance, and emerging technology. Demonstrating Paik’s signature humor and playfulness, Beuys Voice is significant in two respects: it is an iconic example of Paik’s “robot portraits,” and […]

Artwork of the Week: May 29

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015

In 1996 Albert Paley was one of three artists invited to the Toledo Museum of Art to create a body of work inspired by our collection (Jim Dine and Therman Statom were the other two). For Continuum Paley took his cues in part from the Museum’s architecture. The sculpture’s shape alludes to the Doric columns […]

Artwork of the Week: May 22

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

In a view that seems like an uncomposed snapshot, summer villas hug the cliffs above the English Channel at Trouville, France. Beyond, sailboats racing in the Trouville-Deauville regatta dot the sea, some of them composed of only one or two strokes of paint. The atmospheric effects of sunlight, water, and moisture-laden haze where sea transitions […]

Artwork of the Week: May 15

Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2015

This life-size figure is a fine example of the sculpture of the Kamakura period in Japan, which is characterized by a strong sense of movement, large free-flowing elements, and a sense of realism. Bishamonten is one of the four guardian figures placed at the corners of the main altar in a Buddhist temple, which correspond […]

Artwork of the Week: May 8

Posted on Friday, May 8th, 2015

How did 16th-century viewers of this panel know which of these saints was which? Martyred Christian saints were depicted with identifying objects (attributes) usually associated with their death. These attributes were well known to Medieval and Renaissance audiences. The wheel and sword identify Catherine of Alexandria, who was tortured on spiked wheels before being beheaded. […]