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Artwork of the Week: March 14

Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014

A loving cup is a two-handled cup that was ceremoniously presented during a couple’s wedding or given as trophies for competitions, among other celebrated events. The glass body was engraved using abrasive wheels and drills, giving the details of the design depth and perspective. The grape and leaf motif carries over to the Art Nouveau […]

Artwork of the Week: March 7

Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014

Boilly was a collector of artists such as Gerard Terborch and Gabriel Metsu, whose 17th-century Dutch scenes of domestic life are reflected in his own work. He painted everyday scenes of French life with exacting detail and skill, as can be seen in the carefully-executed folds and sheen of the woman’s dress. Boilly also utilized […]

Artwork of the Week: February 28

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014

If you have visited the Glass Pavilion recently, you may have noticed some glass pieces popping up in the cavity between the walls of Galleries 1 and 2. These five works designed by Wayne Husted and Joel Philip Myers for the Blenko Glass Company are prime examples of what that company was all about in […]

Artwork of the Week: February 21

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014

A book of etchings bound in calf skin, this collection includes architectural views of some of the grandest palaces and chateaux in Paris and surrounding areas. Among these, are images of the Tuileries (TWILL-eh-ree) Garden and the since-demolished Tuileries Palace in precise detail. The garden and palace are both symmetrical and balanced in their geometrical […]

Artwork of the Week: February 14

Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014

Jardinière is the term used to describe the dish of fresh vegetables that accompanies the main course at a table setting. The one seen here was made with soft-paste porcelain, the formula for which allowed for a richer range of enamel colors than hard-paste porcelain, but was often known to be very fragile and its […]

Artwork of the Week: February 7

Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014

We usually think of see-sawing as a playground pastime for children, but in 18th-century French culture, the back-and-forth, up-and-down activity had a much less innocent connotation. Clodion underlines the game as an erotic metaphor for the pleasures of love by sculpting a nude nymph and lusty woodland satyr teeter-tottering on a log. If you look […]

Artwork of the Week: January 31

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014

A subject very important to Isack van Ostade, this wintry scene of everyday life combined landscape and genre painting. In fact, he made more than two hundred works from observation that depicted similar scenes and activities, despite having a short-lived painting career of only about ten years. He began as a student of his brother […]

Artwork of the Week: January 24

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014

We walk by them and use them every day—but this is not your ordinary, everyday table. Noel Gérard was a French cabinetmaker and furniture dealer with such clients as the King of Poland. During the transition period between the reigns of King Louis XIV (1643–1715) and Louis XV (1715–1774) there was a notable change in […]

Artwork of the Week: January 17

Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014

Led by Anton Mauve, the group of Dutch painters known as the Hague School distinguished itself with its exceptional rendering of moody atmospheric effects. Mauve and his contemporaries tried to depict nature and the “simple life” of rural communities that was beginning to be supplanted by the Industrial Revolution and rapid urbanization. Mauve’s use of […]

Artwork of the Week: January 10

Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014

This blue and white vase was made during the rule of Emperor Kangxi (1662–1722), the longest reigning emperor in China. During this time, the imperial porcelain factory was revived resoundingly thanks to the Emperor’s interest in culture and the arts. The flowers painted on the vase are magnolia blossoms, a symbol of purity and feminine […]