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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 […]

Artwork of the Week: April 11

Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014

This beautiful necklace from the early 20th century is more than just an elegant decoration for a woman’s neck. Sautoir lorgnettes served as a fashionable way for women to carry a hidden pair of eyeglasses. “Lorgnette” derives from the French word lorgner, meaning to peer at or stare; “sautoir” means chain. The dangling pendant has […]

Artwork of the Week: April 4

Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014

Buddhist imagery from India influenced this wall painting, which came from a Buddhist temple near the border of Henan and Shanxi Provinces in China. A Bodhisattva is a divine being of great mercy and compassion who works for the welfare of all living creatures and is destined to become a Buddha (“Enlightened One”). This Bodhisattva […]

Artwork of the Week: March 28

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014

Though often considered a precursor to the Surrealists for his strange subjects of disembodied eyes, human-headed plants, and amoeba-like creatures, early in his career Odilon Redon made small landscape oils of his native region near Bordeaux in southwest France. This subject matter was influenced by the strong personal connection he had always felt to the […]

Artwork of the Week: March 21

Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014

The American architect, Louis Sullivan, and his chief draftsman, George Elmslie, designed both the structure and the ornamentation of the National Farmer’s Bank in Owatonna, Minnesota, where this wicket was installed. Originally one of eight in the bank, this wicket would have framed the teller’s face and provided a barrier between the teller and the […]

Artwork of the Week: March 14

Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014

A loving cup is a two-handled cup that was ceremoniously presented during a couple’s wedding or given as trophies for competitions, among other celebrated events. The glass body was engraved using abrasive wheels and drills, giving the details of the design depth and perspective. The grape and leaf motif carries over to the Art Nouveau […]

Artwork of the Week: March 7

Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014

Boilly was a collector of artists such as Gerard Terborch and Gabriel Metsu, whose 17th-century Dutch scenes of domestic life are reflected in his own work. He painted everyday scenes of French life with exacting detail and skill, as can be seen in the carefully-executed folds and sheen of the woman’s dress. Boilly also utilized […]

Artwork of the Week: February 28

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014

If you have visited the Glass Pavilion recently, you may have noticed some glass pieces popping up in the cavity between the walls of Galleries 1 and 2. These five works designed by Wayne Husted and Joel Philip Myers for the Blenko Glass Company are prime examples of what that company was all about in […]

Artwork of the Week: February 21

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014

A book of etchings bound in calf skin, this collection includes architectural views of some of the grandest palaces and chateaux in Paris and surrounding areas. Among these, are images of the Tuileries (TWILL-eh-ree) Garden and the since-demolished Tuileries Palace in precise detail. The garden and palace are both symmetrical and balanced in their geometrical […]