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Artwork of the Week: May 4

Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012

Celebrate May and the approach of summer with this charming painting of six children seated in a field making flower garlands. Not normally on view in the Museum’s galleries, it has been installed in Gallery 33 for the month of May. The Museum’s founder, Edward Drummond Libbey, gave the painting to TMA in 1912.  Evert […]

Artwork of the Week: April 27

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012

Ansel Adams wrote of capturing this iconic image: “I was stunned by the vision of Mount McKinley …  It is a vast, magnificent mountain, presenting complex challenges to the photographer.  At about 1:30 a.m. as the sun rose, the clouds lifted and the mountain glowed an incredible shade of pink.  Laid out in front of […]

Artwork of the Week: April 20

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012

For his remarkable Birds of America (1827–1838), John James Audubon produced life-size images of nearly 500 species. Standing at nearly 5 feet tall, the Whooping Crane was a challenge to fit onto the page. Audubon shows the bird feeding on baby alligators, its long neck bent to the ground. Even so, parts of the bird […]

Artwork of the Week: April 13

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Classic Court has been closed since January for an exciting re-installation of the Museum’s choice collection of ancient art—but now it is open again to the public! This serene Egyptian portrait from a tomb wall is one of the hundreds of works of ancient art once again on view. Though no name survives with […]

Artwork of the Week: March 30

Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2012

2 Circle IV is one of a series of sculptures in which David Smith, considered perhaps the greatest American sculptor of the 20th century, explored the interaction between shape, color, and gesture. Smith worked as a welder and riveter in a Studebaker factory in 1925 before studying to be a painter. When he turned to […]