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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 […]

Artwork of the Week: April 12

Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013

With this work, we highlight Clement Meadmore as one of only a few Australian artists from the Museum’s permanent collection. Once an aeronautical engineer and industrial design student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Meadmore briefly designed furniture before ultimately creating large sculptures. Displayed in the Museum’s new sculpture galleries, Maquette for Switchback  apparently […]

Artwork of the Week: April 5

Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013

In honor of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s birthday (April 5), we highlight his painting Blind-Man’s Buff.  It not only depicts youth in a light-hearted game of matchmaking, but also the playful deception of cheating, as often also seen in tricks played on April Fool’s Day. By peeking from beneath her blindfold, the girl in the painting would […]

Artwork of the Week: January 11

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2013

New for the New Year, these recently installed figures by Jaume Plensa have already attracted a lot of attention. German for “mirror” or “looking glass,” Spiegel shows two identical giants, hugging their knees and facing one another, though they are technically faceless. They are nearly bodiless as well: the figures are hollow screens given shape […]

Artwork of the Week: January 4

Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013

New for the New Year, see this striking installation in the newly installed Wolfe Gallery of Contemporary Art. Victorian in its sensibility, Petah Coyne’s elaborate hanging sculpture uses a chandelier as its core, encased in violet silk flowers dipped in black wax. Studded throughout are brightly hued taxidermy Golden and Lady Amherst pheasants. Dusky candles […]

Artwork of the Week: December 14

Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012

The Artwork of the Week is celebrating the Museum’s “Season of Portraiture.” Following ancient precedent for images of powerful rulers, France’s Sun King, Louis XIV (reigned 1643–1715), is shown wearing Roman military dress and the imperial cloak and riding without saddle or stirrups (a reference to his control of the state). On his breastplate is […]

Artwork of the Week: December 7

Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012

In 1781 Captain John Lennox set sail for India and China on a ship commissioned by the British East India Company. Lennox was enamored of the young Elizabeth Graham (1764–1832). According to family tradition, he took miniature portraits of both her and her twin sister, Christian (1764–1847), with him to China and commissioned reverse-painted mirror […]

Artwork of the Week: November 30

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012

This Fall, the Artwork of the Week celebrates the Museum’s “Season of Portraiture.” One of the most important and influential African American photographers of the 20th century, James Van Der Zee worked as a commercial photographer documenting the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 30s in New York City with his portraits of Harlem citizens. […]