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Artwork of the Week: May 17

Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

African American artist Art Smith made jewelry that was seemingly simple, but was often inspired by symbols of West African tribal jewelry. The solid half of this necklace actually replicates jewelry worn by the Asante court of Ghana. Smith’s creations are also unusually large due to his belief that the body should act as a […]

Winners of 2013 Poetry Contest Announced

Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013

Twenty area writers were honored as winners in the Toledo Museum of Art 2013 Poetry Contest during a 7 p.m. ceremony Friday, May 10, in the Museum’s Great Gallery. Sponsored by The Blade, Kroger and Buckeye CableSystem, the contest attracted more than 300 submissions from adults and students who participated in a Docent-led tour between […]

Artwork of the Week: May 10

Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day! A rare double portrait by Gainsborough, Hester, Countess of Sussex, and Her Daughter was painted in the fashionable, western England town of Bath. Here, we see the wife and daughter of Henry Yelverton, who became Earl of Sussex in 1758, placed by a tree. This portrait would have been painted when Barbara, […]

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 […]

New Publication by Larry Nichols Available in Museum Store

Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Now available in the Museum Store, is a beautiful new catalog raisonne: The Paintings of Hendrick Goltzius by TMA’s own Larry Nichols, William Hutton senior curator, European and American painting and sculpture before 1900. This long-awaited volume is a comprehensive study of the paintings of Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617), the most important artist in the Netherlands at the turn of […]

Kentucky Derby Party: Run for the Roses

Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Dress in your Derby best and join Circle 2445 at the Toledo Museum of Art for the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby party, Run for the Roses, is planned for May 4 from 4–7 p.m. in the Peristyle. The event will include Southern fare, a cash bar featuring mint juleps and live […]