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Artwork of the Week: November 22

Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

This vessel and similar examples came from a workshop that was located near Jerusalem, where the products were sold to pilgrims traveling from all parts of the Mediterranean world, including Egypt. It may have held oil, water, or soil from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The symbols on the six sides of this type of […]

Artwork of the Week: November 15

Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013

Beginning as a poster designer, commercial artist, and, briefly, an animator for the Walt Disney Studios, Wayne Thiebaud eventually settled on painting. Starting in the mid-1950s, he focused on painting ordinary and often “blue collar” objects, notably his images of diner foods: hot dogs, pies, ice cream, and hamburgers. Thiebaud painted this typical American truck […]

Artwork of the Week: November 8

Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013

Gerrit Rietveld considered himself a furniture maker, but he would later also become recognized as an innovative architect. As a member of the Dutch artists’ group De Stijl (The Style), Rietveld embraced the purity of form alongside artists such as Piet Mondrian. In De Stijl, artists utilized primary colors and black and white along with […]

Artwork of the Week: November 1

Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013

Spending much of his childhood in Ohio after the age of 14, Hiram Powers became very familiar with the diverse collection of Cincinnati’s Western Museum (a forerunner to the Cincinnati Museum Center), eventually performing installation work for the museum before his career as a sculptor took off. In 1837 he moved to Florence, Italy, where […]

Artwork of the Week: October 25

Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013

A well known and common image in Japanese art is depicted on this lacquered picnic box:  wooden planks placed among swampy ground surrounded by fields of irises.More specifically, this box shows one of the three most scenic gardens of the city of Okayama. This picnic set is complete with four food containers, a serving tray, […]

Artwork of the Week: October 18

Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013

With the ruling authorities deeming them barbaric, tattoos were banned in Japan around 1868.  Subsequently, the depiction of tattoos in Japanese art disappeared.  It was not until 1948, when tattoos were again legalized, that they began to return as subject matter for graphic arts; today they are again popular. Scottish artist Paul Binnie, who works […]

Artwork of the Week: October 11

Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2013

Part of a recent gift from donor Richard Silverman, this netsuke would have served as a way to fasten a box for belongings to a man’s kimono sash. Shorter than two inches tall, this intricately-carved piece of ivory is a ryusa netsuke, which means that it is cut through to the other side to allow […]

Artwork of the Week: October 4

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013

Depicted here is the Kabuki onnagata, or female role specialist, Nakamura Jakuemon III (1875–1927) in the role of Oshichi. He is joined by two assistants called kurogo, barely visible hiding under their black robes and hoods (they were meant to blend into the background as they helped with costume and prop changes during a performance). […]

Artwork of the Week: September 27

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013

A decanter such as this was created to serve as a centerpiece or presentation piece; it articulated the skill of the maker over functionality with its difficult-to-use bellow shape. Made by John Liddell for Mt. Washington Glass Works, this decanter has an unusual topper despite probably never actually being used to store liquid. The glass […]

Artwork of the Week: September 20

Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013

As leader of the Barbizon School of 19th-century landscape artists, Rousseau combined his inspiration from 17th-century Dutch landscapes with the school’s desire to paint outside in nature. This practice of working outside would later be used by the Impressionists as well. Rousseau also added his own personal experiences into works such as this by using […]