Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Grab Bag

Christie's estimates that this Degas dancer will bring between 25 - 35 million at auction.

The Toledo Museum just purchased a new Frans Hals painting. Family Portrait in a Landscape (early 1620s) is a large work (60 x 64 ¾ inches/151 x 163.6 cm) that will take its place in the Great Gallery near Rubens’s The Crowning of St. Catherine and Guercino’s Lot and His Daughters, the Museum’s most recent Old Master acquisition, which came into the collection in 2009.

“This painting is a tremendous addition to our collection of European paintings,” said TMA Director Brian Kennedy. “It is one of only four known family portraits by Hals to have survived and is the earliest of the four. Its strong composition and the way Hals captures the personalities and personal interactions of the family members will delight our visitors.” 

The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore) announces the launch of its redesigned works of art website with the removal of copyright restrictions on more than 10,000 online artwork images through a Creative Commons license. In addition to being able to download these images for free, the site introduces a new look and feel, and enhanced searching, tagging and community collections features. This kind of website revamp is something I wish our local museums would do The problems range from small images to very user-unfriendly search options.

 Mesrop of Khizan Isfahan Armenian, Isfahan, Iran, Asia, 1615
Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on glazed paper  MS. LUDWIG II 7, fol. 193v

 In the Beginning Was the Word: Medieval Gospel Illumination at the Getty

The word Gospel comes from the Old English word god-spell, meaning "good news." This was in turn a translation of the Greek word for this collection of texts: evangelion. With examples from Western Europe, Ethiopia, Byzantium, and Armenia, this exhibition traces the tradition of Gospel illumination in Christian art and worship.

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