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Artwork of the Week: November 9Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012
This Fall, the Artwork of the Week celebrates the Museum’s “Season of Portraiture.” Although the identities of the man and woman in this portrait are unknown, the painting was probably meant to commemorate their liaison, possibly even their marriage. The cupid-like boy holding an apple is an allusion to the theme of love, perhaps suggesting […]
Artwork of the Week: November 2Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2012
This Fall, the Artwork of the Week celebrates the Museum’s “Season of Portraiture.” Resplendent with pearls, gold, jewels, lace, red wig, and ostrich-feather fan, England’s Queen Elizabeth I (reigned 1558–1603) is a dazzling and commanding figure in this portrait. She had only a few official portraits painted throughout her reign, which then served as the […]
Artwork of the Week: October 26Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012
This Fall, the Artwork of the Week celebrates the Museum’s “Season of Portraiture.” Painted around the time of her marriage to King Philip II of Spain, this portrait of Elizabeth of Valois, daughter of King Henri II of France, captures not only her noble bearing and splendid costume, but also a hint of a lively […]
Artwork of the Week: October 19Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012
This Fall, the Artwork of the Week celebrates the Museum’s “Season of Portraiture.” Known for self-indulgence and a weak administration, Lucius Verus (130–169 CE, ruled 161–169 CE) was overshadowed by his extremely popular adopted brother Marcus Aurelius. The two shared imperial power for 8 years in the first joint administration in the history of the […]
Artwork of the Week: October 5Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012
This fall, Artwork of the Week celebrates the Museum’s “Season of Portraiture.” Born Justine Pilloy, Alice Ozy (1820–1893) became a well-known Music Hall actress in Paris. She also became a famous, wealthy courtesan, counting among her ardent admirers such French luminaries as artist Gustave Doré, writer Victor Hugo, and Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, nephew of Napoleon and […]
Artwork of the Week: September 28Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2012
In Buddhist belief, the stupa (meaning “crown of the head” or “summit”) symbolizes the mind of the Buddha. The various parts of the stupa correspond to the five elements of manifested existence: space/void, wind/air, fire, water, and earth. The domed shape also refers to the dome of the heavens. The spire rising from the middle […]
Artwork of the Week: September 21Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2012
Along with the hunt, the wine vintage was one of the most popular and picturesque seasonal themes—representing Autumn—that weavers of the late Middle Ages portrayed. Woven of wool and silk, this tapestry fragment originally belonged to a winemaking series intended to cover the walls of an entire room (the Museum also owns a second fragment […]
Artwork of the Week: September 7Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2012
One of the most prolific 19th-century American landscape painters, George Inness endowed his late works such as September Noon with a poetic, almost abstract character more visionary and evocative than “realistic.” Here a single figure clutching a bouquet of wild flowers strolls through a dreamy forest landscape.
Artwork of the Week: August 31Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012
Yellow—corresponding with earth in traditional Chinese art and culture—was considered the most beautiful color. Reserved for the Emperor and his court and therefore a forbidden color, such rigid regulations had loosened by the 19th century and yellow vessels, garments, and painted decorations were produced more widely.
Artwork of the Week: August 24Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2012
This magnificent earring represents Zeus, the king of the gods, as an eagle. The wings, talons, and thunderbolts are sheet gold and filigree; the body is covered with tiny granules of gold. Miniature sculptures of birds and mythological flying creatures were popular pendants for women’s earrings during the Hellenistic period.