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Artwork of the Week: August 2

Posted on Thursday, August 1st, 2013

In Egyptian culture, lions were noted for their strength and royalty and were often used to symbolically represent kings and pharaohs. It was also common to see a pharaoh’s head placed on a lion’s body, creating the Egyptian sphinx that has become so familiar. Alexander the Great’s burial included a miniature temple guarded by golden […]

Artwork of the Week: July 26

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Like many New England artists and authors, summers for American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam were often spent at Appledore, one of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. But painting wasn’t Hassam’s first job. He was an accountant for a short period before becoming a wood engraver, only painting in […]

Artwork of the Week: July 19

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013

Today would have been Edgar Degas’s 179th birthday. In honor of the French painter and sculptor, we highlight Toledo’s bronze cast of one of Degas’s wax sculptures. The wax figure was made as a study for the finished Little Dancer which resides in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Fourteen-year-old Marie van Goethem, who […]

Artwork of the week: July 12

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The name Lakabi refers to an early form of Persian ceramics that was mostly made before 1200. It is characteristic of Lakabi ware to have deeply cut or raised outlines of images in order to keep the colors separate beneath the top coat of glaze. This would allow for many colors to sit side by […]

Artwork of the Week: July 5

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

In a kind of free association sampler of the urban environment, Rauschenberg here combined spontaneous brushwork with silkscreened photos from mass media. With a palette of red, yellow, and blue printer’s ink, he recycled images—the Statue of Liberty, an army helicopter, a construction site, and a sail boat—from his other works of this period. Some […]

Artwork of the Week: June 28

Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Marvin Lipofsky studied under Studio Glass pioneer Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1960s. Founder of the Glass Department at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Lipofsky is considered a pioneer himself, thanks to his efforts in teaching students and creating his own hot-formed glass sculptures. Filled with openings, curving […]

Artwork of the Week: June 21

Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2013

A Pennsylvania native, Henry Ossawa Tanner was the son of a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a former slave who escaped on the Underground Railroad. Here Tanner paints Jesus and his disciples in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. It is the moment after Jesus has miraculously walked on the rough […]

Artwork of the Week: June 14

Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013

In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, we present a vision of leisure with A Gentleman at Breakfast. The gentleman in question is depicted in an informal pose relaxing and reading the newspaper at the breakfast table with his dog in attendance. His clothing suggests he intends to go hunting later. Happy Father’s Day, Dads—may […]

Artwork of the Week: June 7

Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013

For La penna di hu, or “The Peacock Feather,” Frank Stella employed cages and frames that allow the viewer to look through the work, unlike the experience of viewing more traditional sculptures. He also designed the work to be hung on a wall. Stella believes that if a work of art functions pictorially and “floats” […]

Artwork of the Week: May 31

Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Honegger-Lavater began her career as a painter, illustrator, and art director for a youth magazine in her native Switzerland. She began creating illustrated stories in long strips folded like an accordion around 1960. Her “Folded Stories,” like Homo sapiens?, open up into one, long, continuous story filled with imagery. Honegger-Lavater transformed familiar fairy tales and […]