Throwback Thursday to earlier this summer when Candy Coated's “Magic Carpet” was being installed right outside at The Oval.
Woman Crush Wednesday: We love good eighteenth-century gossip. Emma Hart, a beautiful woman of modest means, gained fame through her liaisons with English aristocrats. While married to Sir William Hamilton, British envoy to Naples, she openly carried on a stormy romance with the naval hero Admiral Lord Nelson. In her youth, she was one of artist George Romney’s favorite models.
“Portrait of Emma Hart (later Lady Hamilton) as Miranda,” 1785 or 1786, George Romney
Augustus Saint-Gaudens modeled the face of his sculpture “Diana” on his mistress Davida Clark. You can also see her handsome features on another work in the Museum’s collection. Do you know which one? Click here to find out.
Close-up of “Diana” after recent conservation work. Learn more about this project here.
Happy Christmas in July. Only 149 shopping days left. Have you gotten an early start on your shopping? Did you go to any Christmas-in-July parties?
”HAPPY HULA-DAYS,” 2013, United States
PMA Members, what do you miss most about your childhood? Think about it on August 7 during our members-only tour “Kidding Around,” which looks at the history and influences of depictions of childhood in our collection. Free with membership and reservations.
”The Seesaw,” 1791–92, by Francisco Goya
Happy birthday to groundbreaking artist Marcel Duchamp. Did you know that the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses the world’s largest and most important collection of Duchamp’s work? Check it out in the galleries and on our website.
Gallery view, including “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass),” 1915-23, Marcel Duchamp. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp Update July 17, 2012: © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Succession Marcel Duchamp
More Art Monday: Golden Oldies
A meticulous conservation project recently repaired “Diana” and restored the sculpture’s gilding. How does her luster compare to these golden treasures?
“Diana,” 1892–93, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
“White Tara,” 18th century, Mongolia or China
“Joan of Arc,” c. 1874, by Emmanuel Frémiet
“Garuda,” c. 1700–50, Tibet
Candelabrum (one of a pair), c. 1800, France
“Recumbent Stag,” early 17th century, Germany
“Seated Bodhisattva,” early 8th century, China
Portions of an Armor Garniture, c. 1550, Germany
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We’re excited about “Nachtstilleben (Night Still Life)” by Turner Prize–winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Wondering why? Come and see our group show “In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans” for insights into this picture and some intriguing ideas about photography.
Gallery view, including “Nachtstilleben (Night Still Life),” 2011 (negative), 2013 (print), by Wolfgang Tillmans and “Black Kites,” 1997, Gabriel Orozco © Gabriel Orozco
Did you know that early experiments in flash photography involved photographers filling a tray with magnesium powder, putting it on their heads, and igniting it to create a small explosion? Eventually, photographers mounted the tray to a stick to lift it—a bit more safely—above their heads. Learn more about how early photographers experimented with flash in this interesting piece from NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Then come visit “Artificial Light: Flash Photography in the Twentieth Century” at the Museum. But hurry—the exhibition closes August 3.
”Midnight at the Bowery Mission Breadline,” 1909, by Lewis W. Hine