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Artwork of the Week: February 20

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

This pendant shows the face of a male member of the Baule people with braided hair and beard. The raised lines between the eyes and at the temples are cosmetic marks. Each Baule head pendant is unique and individualized; they are said to be idealized portraits of friends or lovers. Baule families collect the gold […]

Toledo Museum of Art to Return Scientific Instrument to Germany

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A lavishly-designed, 16th-century scientific instrument will be returned to Germany in March, the Toledo Museum of Art announced today. The 450-year-old astrological compendium or astrolabe was a multifunctional device used to tell time and make astronomical calculations less than 50 years after Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition circumnavigated the globe by sea for the first time. The […]

Applications Being Accepted for Art Travel Scholarship

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015

The Toledo Museum of Art is now accepting applications for the Palmer Scholarship, which funds art-related travel for northwest Ohio residents. The Museum is inviting artists, photographers, students and others pursuing an artistic endeavor away from home to apply for the $8,000 award. While the scholarship funds airfare, meals and hotel or housing, it does […]

Food Editor Darra Goldstein Joins Masters Series

Posted on Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Darra Goldstein isn’t a household name, but according to discerning foodies, she should be. The food and cultural journal she founded, Gastronomica, has earned high marks since its inception in 2001, including a recent James Beard Foundation award for Publication of the Year and a spot on Saveur magazine’s top 100. Now Dr. Goldstein will bring […]

Artwork of the Week: February 13

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015

Gustave Courbet, famous in his day for his confrontational images of peasant life and dramatic landscapes, led a personal campaign to reform art, declaring brashly that artists must represent contemporary life, not imitate the past. This painting of a woman arranging cut flowers on an outdoor trellis reflects Courbet’s realist manifesto, since it presents the […]

Exhibition of Pet Illustrations Debuts

Posted on Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Animal characters – from Clifford the Big Red Dog to the mischievous black cat known as bad Kitty – capture imaginations just as easily as their human counterparts do in the world of children’s literature. Now those and other beloved pets will be explored in the upcoming exhibition Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza […]

Artwork of the Week: February 6

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015

From the late 16th to the late 18th centuries, European colonialism was expanding in the East. Europe became enamored of Chinese style, and a fashion known as chinoiserie permeated the decorative arts. This large pagoda clock is one of the most elaborate and charming timepieces made in England in chinoiserie style. The three tiers enclose […]

Magnificent Marble on View in Octagon

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Gallery 28 has seen the addition of an imposing new work of art: a replica of Laocoön and His Sons. The reproduction of the ancient Roman sculpture—carved from a single block of carrara marble—was until recently in an Italian family collection and is on special loan to the Museum. The original that inspired it,  unearthed in […]

Museum Will Be Closed Sunday, Feb. 1

Posted on Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Due to current weather conditions, the Toledo Museum of Art will be closed today, Sunday, Feb. 1. The Museum will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 3, weather permitting. Please check the Museum’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account for the latest information regarding operating hours.

Artwork of the Week: January 30

Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015

This table would have been placed in the center of a drawing room, parlor, or library, making it a noticeable statement of its owner’s wealth and sophisticated taste. The industrial boom that followed the Civil War brought new opportunities for wealth. American designers often looked to the past for styles that expressed their patrons’ new […]