One of the many pleasures of browsing the Google Art Project is discovering new museums. This afternoon I happened across a work from the Philbrook Art Museum, located in -- of all places -- Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Philbrook is represented by 57 works at the GAP.
One work which attracted my eye is this bottle vase, made in the 1700s.
It's a day on which we can use contact with a comforting part of the past. Toward that end, here are 14 quilts at the ever-amazing Google Art Project. (To be absolutely accurate, several of these are merely quilt-related works, rather than actual quilts.)
If I were going to pick just one, it would probably be the Album Quilt, done in the 1840s by Elizabeth S.J. Hopkins. There are several others, though, that I like very much also.
In yet another experiment, I put the word 'head' in the Search window at Google Art Project. I was expecting a modest number of results but thought some of them would be worthwhile. To my surprise, the search returned 539 works, nearly all of them interesting and many of them wonderful. It's hard to sort through so many. I would suggest that you just keep paging through. You'll soon see that your time is well spent.
Google Art Project has 54 works by Auguste Renoir. Have a look and you'll see that not only the individual works but the collection as a whole is just lovely.
This small compilation has two portraits by this artist of two other artists - one of my favorite kinds of paintings. One is a portrait of Claude Monet and the second is a lithograph of sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Here is a Nativity c. 1452, by Petrus Christus with a most unusual feature -- the Christ child is crying!
In addition to the six basic elements of a Nativity (3 Holy Family members, 2 animals, stable), there are three angels added above the scene.
There is at least one other distinctive touch: if you look
closely on the left, you will see the rear-end of the
donkey. As mentioned, the infant is crying, an event which must have occurred often but is almost never depicted.
Another unusual feature is the archway surrounding the entire scene, with assorted niches filled with human figures. Here Christus has cleverly told the story of Adam and Eve
in two scenes on either side of the picture (avenging angel and Adam on
the left; Eve and the serpent on the right). He has similarly told the
story of Cain and Abel in just three scenes above the stable (Abel
sacrificing a lamb on the left; Cain offering vegetables on the right;
Abel being slain by Cain at the top).
This is one of my favorite Christmas paintings. It was done in 1403 by Konrad von Soest, a German artist as part of a much larger altarpiece.
It is unusual because St. Joseph is shown caring for his family.
The baby has been born; mother and child are resting. St. Joseph,
however, is hard at work -- his cheeks are puffed up as he blows on the
fire, apparently preparing a meal. (Note that an angel announces the
Child's birth to a shepherd in the right background.)