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Artwork of the Week: July 31

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015

Gold-ground paintings became popular in Italy in the 13th century. A gold background symbolized the light of Heaven, so was common for Christian devotional images like this panel painting of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. Hammered to paper thinness, gold leaf was adhered to the panel with reddish clay (bole)—you can see it […]

Artwork of the Week: July 24

Posted on Friday, July 24th, 2015

The vase from the firm of Norwegian silversmith and jeweler Marius Hammer elegantly expresses Scandinavian Art Nouveau design and represents a rare example of one of Hammer’s three-dimensional plique-à-jour pieces in an American public collection. French for “braid letting in daylight,” plique-à-jour looks like miniature stained glass. It is a technical tour de force that requires glass […]

Artwork of the Week: July 17

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015

Responding to 17th-century Dutch landscape paintings, Charles-François Daubigny embarked on a career as a landscape painter. He was interested in transitory light effects and developed his technique increasingly toward a spontaneous application of paint, resulting in one critic lambasting him for “heading up the school of the impression.” From 1860 Daubigny made his home at […]

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 […]