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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 […]

Artwork of the Week: May 24

Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Rebellion was common from the early stages of Barry Flanagan’s career. He chose to break away from conventional British sculpture by using unusual materials such as rope and sandbags. By 1982, when he made Large Leaping Hare, Flanagan had abandoned his unique choices of medium and switched to using bronze. However, his playfulness was still […]

Artwork of the Week: May 17

Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

African American artist Art Smith made jewelry that was seemingly simple, but was often inspired by symbols of West African tribal jewelry. The solid half of this necklace actually replicates jewelry worn by the Asante court of Ghana. Smith’s creations are also unusually large due to his belief that the body should act as a […]

Artwork of the Week: May 10

Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day! A rare double portrait by Gainsborough, Hester, Countess of Sussex, and Her Daughter was painted in the fashionable, western England town of Bath. Here, we see the wife and daughter of Henry Yelverton, who became Earl of Sussex in 1758, placed by a tree. This portrait would have been painted when Barbara, […]

Artwork of the Week: May 3

Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Henri Marie Joseph Bergé worked as a decorator at the Daum glass factory, where he had great influence on a floral and pastoral style that would emerge there. His interest in nature led him to design scientifically-accurate glass objects of plants and animals. Victor Amalric Walter’s exploration of the glass technique pâte-de-verre (casting objects in […]

Artwork of the Week: April 26

Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Spring has sprung and the flowers are beginning to bloom outside, but here’s one tulip in particular that blossoms all year long.  Initially trained as a painter, Louis Comfort Tiffany turned to interior design and decorative arts, becoming a leading designer of fine glass that often expressed the Art Nouveau style, like this delicate pink […]

Artwork of the Week: April 19

Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013

With this painting, the audience is confronted with a view of Venice that was not often painted: the great expanse of the lagoon and the cemetery island of San Michele in the right background. San Michele was not thought to accurately represent the city, since its size lacked grandeur or large, monumental buildings like the […]