Ever since discovering them through the Internet, I've loved drawings in metalpoint, i.e., in silver and gold. So it was great to discover that the National Gallery of Art has an online feature devoted to this genre!
I've been feeling quite depressed for the last few days. It occurs to me that a trip to NYC might be a good antidote. And since I've been thinking about taking out a one-year membership in one of New York's fine museums, perhaps this would be a good time and place to look into their upcoming exhibitions.
Quilts have been recognized as a long under-appreciated women's art form. I was therefore excited to find that the Internatiional Quilt Museum has 96 entries at the Google Art Project site. To me it's very moving to see all this painstaking, attractive work done by women in bygone decades.
Take a quick look at these drawings and prints from the wonderful collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you'll see that the selection just seems to go on and on.
In honor of the season, here is a Nativity by Willem Vrelant or his workshop, done c. 1461. This depiction has the features common to most Nativities of this era: the Christ Child lies naked on the ground; St. Joseph holds a candle; and two tiny angels join Mary and Joseph in adoring the Child.
Note: this page is from the Arenberg Hours, much of which can be seen at the Getty Museum site.
During this time of government shutdown, and as we appear to be on the brink of a potentially catastrophic default, it seems like a good time to look at some of the artistic bounty held by U.S. government entities. We are wealthy indeed as you can see at Google Art Project: