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Artwork of the Week: April 20

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012

For his remarkable Birds of America (1827–1838), John James Audubon produced life-size images of nearly 500 species. Standing at nearly 5 feet tall, the Whooping Crane was a challenge to fit onto the page. Audubon shows the bird feeding on baby alligators, its long neck bent to the ground. Even so, parts of the bird […]

Artwork of the Week: April 13

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Classic Court has been closed since January for an exciting re-installation of the Museum’s choice collection of ancient art—but now it is open again to the public! This serene Egyptian portrait from a tomb wall is one of the hundreds of works of ancient art once again on view. Though no name survives with […]

Artwork of the Week: March 30

Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2012

2 Circle IV is one of a series of sculptures in which David Smith, considered perhaps the greatest American sculptor of the 20th century, explored the interaction between shape, color, and gesture. Smith worked as a welder and riveter in a Studebaker factory in 1925 before studying to be a painter. When he turned to […]