Posted on Sunday, 7 September
Gustav Klimt’s stunning Adele Bloch-Bauer II, one of two formal portraits that the artist made of his patron, is now on view as a special long-term loan.
[Gustav Klimt. Adele Bloch-Bauer II. 1912. Oil on canvas. Private collection. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar]
Posted on Monday, 11 August
One very fancy ancient spoon.
Intended to be used for ointment, this Egyptian spoon with a pivoting lid is made of ivory and dates to ca. 1336-1327 BCE.
The late Eighteenth Dynasty was one of the the most flamboyant and excessive periods of design in Egyptian history. This spoon demonstrates the dominant aesthetic of the day: the complementary union of naturalistic elements, formal design, and excessive, stylized detailing.
The motif is a pomegranate branch terminating in a huge reddish-yellow fruit that swivels on a tiny pivot to reveal the bowl of the spoon. Tiny pomegranates, brightly painted flowers, and slender leaves project from the stem that serves as the handle. Beneath the lowest leaves the artisan has added an extraordinary embellishment: two lotus flowers, each with a Mimispos fruit emerging from it.
Although the individual elements of the spoon are treated with painstaking attention to detail, the design itself is pure fantasy. For example, pomegranate flowers and fruit never appear on a tree at the same time. (-Brooklyn Museum)
Courtesy of & currently located at the Brooklyn Museum, via their online collections, 42.411.
Posted on Sunday, 3 August
The Ghost Story
George H. Comegys (active 1836-1845)
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of Arts