European

The Windmill

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Rembrandt is better known for his paintings, but throughout his artistic career he created hundreds of prints. Often he would use the same imagery in his prints as in his paintings; like in this piece. Sometimes called “Rembrandt’s Mill” for an endearing legend about Rembrandt’s birth, The Windmill is an etched print. Rembrandt was the [...]

Christ Preaching (Le Petit Tombe)

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Christ Preaching exhibits Rembrandt’s willingness to experiment with different printmaking techniques later in his artistic career. He moved away from his earlier method of exclusively using a copper etching technique and has introduced engraving and drypoint intaglio methods. The strong lines of etching can be augmented with the precision of engraving and fluidity of drypoint [...]

Descent from the Cross

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Similar to his fascination with self-portraits, Rembrandt created many versions of the 13th Station of the Cross: Christ’s descent from the cross. This etching is a direct copy of his painting of the scene done in the same year at the request of Prince Frederick Henry of Orange. Also called the Deposition of Christ, the [...]

Coin with Bust of Hadrian

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Roman coinage has existed about as long as Rome. Even emperors whose reigns did not last long often minted one or two coins in their image. Hadrian was Emperor of Rome between 117-138 C.E. The Roman Empire at that time was huge, and Hadrian halted outward expansion of the borders.  As Roman Emperor, Hadrian was [...]

Bowl

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Born in Tokyo, Japan to the man considered the “Father of British studio pottery”, David Leach is an English Ceramicist. The father’s and son’s pottery share many common themes but David Leach has partially departed from his father. Leach’s father was known for his thick, bold, rough, opaque pottery with little color difference between body [...]

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Vase

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Uranium has been found in glass in trace amounts from as early as 79 CE--the date of a mosaic in a Roman Villa where uranium oxide was found at a 1% concentration. In the nineteenth century, uranium was a regular ingredient in much decorative glass, partially because it was inexpensive, and it added a vibrant [...]

Castle of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Despite the strong currents of pure abstraction during the mid-twentieth century, Dimitrie Berea forded his own path. Taking after and expanding upon the Fauves and Impressionists, Berea had exhibited internationally from the age of 19. Originally trained at the Bucharest Academy of Architecture, Berea remained in Bucharest and opened an art school, Ileana. Coming to [...]

Double Portrait of a Man and Woman

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Francesco Torbido was an Italian, Renaissance painter active in Venice and Verona. He was a religious and portrait painter. Torbido is said to have studied with Giorgione. Certainly this double portrait shows the Venetian influence of the renowned artist. From the later part of the 15th century, Venice had a distinctive, thriving and influential art [...]

Moses Steps on Pharaoh’s Crown; The Finding of Moses

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The artist of this painting is so named for his notable rendering of the Greek myth of Daphne fleeing Apollo. In this painting, two scenes from the life of Moses are presented. On the right, the baby Moses has been found floating amongst the reeds in the river Nile and brought to the Pharaoh and [...]

Portrait of a Young Woman

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Despite the titling of this piece as a portrait, there is question over whether or not it represents an ordinary woman or a biblical heroine. It can, however, be confidently be dated as after 1532 despite the lack of artist identification because it is surely copied off of Antonio Alegri Correggio’s Allegory of Virtue. The [...]