European

Vase

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This vase, created by Clément Massier, has a rich aubergine color, mixed with gold and green lustre glaze. Directly under the neck, on the shoulder of the vase, are six half-rings, to be used for suspension. Massier was born into a family a ceramicists and, from an early age, took an interest in continuing the [...]

Madonna and Child

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Tondo or “round” relief casting developed as an independent art form in Florence in the first half of the 15th century. Beginning in the 1420’s, the della Robbia family began working in terra cotta sculpture. The family specialized in images of the Virgin and Child for private devotion, often reproducing them by casting. The Robbia [...]

Rembrandt Drawing at a Window

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Rembrandt is known for creating nearly one hundred self-portraits. He frequently, minorly altered his appearance in his self-portraits. His facial hair, dress, or expression varies widely throughout the studies. These small changes, for Rembrandt, helped him to increase his self-understanding. Here, he depicts himself at a window drawing at his desk. The shading of etching [...]

Life of the Virgin

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The Life of the Virgin represents the apex of the German artist Albrecht Dürer’s career. Originally published as a book, the print shown here is a part of a collection of twenty that depict the life of the virgin.  Dürer completed this series of prints after a tour of Italy, where he was influenced by [...]

The Flagellation

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A Florentine painter, known only as the Master of San Martino alla Palma, produced this painting in the mid-fourteenth century. The Flagellation depicts the whipping of Christ by Roman soldiers before his crucifixion. Many Christians practiced self-flagellation, or Mortification of the Flesh, during the era of this painting. Today, it is primarily monastics who practice [...]