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Artwork of the Week: June 20

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, semi-precious stones ranked highest in the hierarchy of materials “made by nature.” Therefore objects made from them were reserved for the royal families and the most elite citizens of Europe. Vessels carved from rock crystal, agate, or lapis lazuli imparted splendor to aristocratic tables and collector’s cabinets and were kept […]

Artwork of the Week: June 13

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014

The wedjat represents the eye of Horus, the god of the sky, often depicted as a falcon or a man with a falcon head. Here the wedjat is in the form of an amulet, or protective charm. Horus lost his left eye in a battle with his brother Seth, the god of chaos and confusion. […]

Artwork of the Week: June 6

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

John Sloan was one of a group of New York-based artists who created a particularly American style of painting: gritty urban scenes often painted with quick brushstrokes that suggest, rather than define, form. Here, Sloan depicts the marquee of a newly recognizable building in urban life: the movie house. These modern marvels were becoming more […]

Artwork of the Week: May 30

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014

Young women of the Mende people are traditionally initiated at puberty into Sande (SAHN-day), a society of women who are keepers of secret knowledge. A masquerade called sowei (SOH-way) is performed during an initiation ritual or celebration. Sowei is nearly the only time African dance masks are worn by women. This mask’s features express Mende […]

Artwork of the Week: May 23

Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Sculptor Howard Ben Tré has chosen cast glass as his primary medium of artistic expression, using it to explore the merging of organic and geometric qualities in form and decoration. With sand-casting Ben Tré can achieve an aged feeling for his contemporary shapes and create sculptures suggestive artifacts from an imagined civilization. In fact, Ben […]

Artwork of the Week: May 16

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014

Though born in Massachusetts, Whistler spent most of his career in Europe, first in Paris, then settling in London in 1859. Whistler painted this almost abstract view of the beach while on a trip to Trouville, France, with fellow painter Gustave Courbet. Whistler likely applied some of the paint to this canvas using a palette […]

Artwork of the Week: May 9

Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014

In honor of Northwest Ohio’s Biggest Week in American Birding festival (May 6–15), we present this print by Audubon. As a child in France, Audubon began sketching birds, and in 1820—seven years after he moved to America—he decided to make his watercolors into a profitable endeavor. Audubon set out to paint every known North American […]

Artwork of the Week: May 2

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Beginning as a porcelain painter, Diaz de la Peña later found his spiritual approach to nature paintings from his admiration for landscape painter Théodore Rousseau. The two artists actually met in this forest in 1837. The dense growth of trees dominates the canvas, but the bright blue sky peeks out from behind the leaves. A […]

Artwork of the Week: April 25

Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014

Duchamp-Villon sculpted this statue during a moment in history when the horse was gradually being displaced as a means of transportation and manual work by an increasingly mechanized society. The creature—dark and smooth like an oiled engine—rears on its hind legs, while locomotive horsepower is evoked in the hint of pistons and wheels near the […]

Artwork of the Week: April 18

Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2014

In this serene image, a shepherd lowers his head in prayerful gratitude for the meal he is about to eat as a woman, probably his wife, pours coffee. Their dog calmly sits guarding the scene. Even the sheep in pasture are quietly resting as if to maintain the calm silence so the shepherd’s prayer is […]