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New to the Collection: Silvia Levenson, “Strange Little Girl #7 (Nena Cuervo)”

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Born in Argentina, Silvia Levenson is of Russian–Jewish decent. Politically active already as a teenager, Levenson immigrated to Italy in 1981 with her husband and young children to escape the opprsive regime of military dictator Jorge Rafaél Videla (ruled 1976–1981), during which members of her family “disappeared.”Her experiences during this intense and frightening time continue […]

New to the Collection: Gajin Fujita, “Hood Rats”

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Hailing from East Los Angeles, contemporary artist Gajin Fujita takes inspiration from traditional Japanese woodblock prints of the 18th and 19th centuries, urban street art, and popular culture. Merging these diverse influences, he has created a body of work unified by a remarkable visual vocabulary that is uniquely his own. He uses a stable of […]

Artwork of the Week: July 17

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015

Responding to 17th-century Dutch landscape paintings, Charles-François Daubigny embarked on a career as a landscape painter. He was interested in transitory light effects and developed his technique increasingly toward a spontaneous application of paint, resulting in one critic lambasting him for “heading up the school of the impression.” From 1860 Daubigny made his home at […]

Daubigny’s Auvers, Landscape with Plough Purchased by Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Auvers, Landscape with Plough, an oil painting dating from 1877 by Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878) has been acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art. Daubigny lived northwest of Paris in Auvers-sur-Oise during his later years and painted the surrounding farmlands as early 1860. This landscape painting was finished during the last year of the artist’s […]

Artwork of the Week: June 5

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Korean-American artist Nam June Paik is often hailed as the father of new media art and is renowned for his early exploration into the overlap between music, video, performance, and emerging technology. Demonstrating Paik’s signature humor and playfulness, Beuys Voice is significant in two respects: it is an iconic example of Paik’s “robot portraits,” and […]

Toledo Museum of Art Acquires 19th-century French Still Life

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015

A little-known but rewarding 19th-century oil painting by French artist Antoine Berjon (1754–1843) has been acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art through the generosity of a local couple. Still Life with Grapes, Chestnuts, Melons, and a Marble Cube was purchased from an art dealer in Lyon, France, for the permanent collection with funds given […]

Artwork of the Week: April 3

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015

This seemingly simple arrangement engages the eye in so many complex and subtle ways. The painting is composed of contrasts and comparisons: the artist juxtaposes small, smooth, red grapes with large, rough, ridged melons. Spiky chestnut pods contrast with the sheen of a pair of exposed chestnuts. Unexpectedly, amongst these fruits and nuts of the […]

Exquisite Chandelier Owned by Napoleon’s Brother Now Part of Toledo Museum of Art Collection

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

A 200-year-old chandelier made for the summer palace of Jérôme Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother and King of Westphalia from 1807 to 1813, has a new home. The chandelier, created by the German firm Werner & Mieth in 1810-1811, has been purchased by the Toledo Museum of Art for its collection. The Spiral Chandelier is made of […]

Museum Introducing Giordano Masterpiece During Free Public Program

Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The Liberation of St. Peter, a 350-year-old masterpiece recently purchased by the Toledo Museum of Art, will be introduced to the community at 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 13) in the Great Gallery. Painted by Italian artist Luca Giordano (pronounced Luke-a Jor-don-o), who lived between 1634 and 1705, this large-scale work (79 by 121 inches) dramatically […]

Toledo Museum of Art Acquires The Liberation of St. Peter by 17th–Century Italian Artist Luca Giordano

Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The Liberation of St. Peter by Italian artist Luca Giordano (1634–1705) has been acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art. A ceremonial introduction of the 350-year-old painting will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Museum’s Great Gallery. Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy; Lawrence W. Nichols, the William Hutton senior curator […]