On this day in 1666, a great fire swept through London and raged for four days. More than a century later, J.M.W. Turner witnessed another great fire in the capital, the burning of the Houses of Parliament, and created some quick sketches before producing this dramatic painting.
”The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834,” 1834–35, by Joseph Mallord William Turner
Staff Pick: Murano glass musicians on view in gallery 271.
”Figure of a Musician,” c. 1930, made by M.V.M. (Maestri Vetrai Muranesi) Cappellin & Co.
Later this month, come and see a survey of the long, prolific career of one of the twentieth century’s most creative draftsmen in our new exhibition “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart.”
“Garnet Realm,” 1941–43, by Richard Pousette-Dart (© 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette Dart/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
For some, it’s the last chance for summer fun. What are your splashy plans for this Labor Day weekend?
“After-Prom: Adrien’s Big Splash,” 2009 (negative), 2010 (print), by Martine Fougeron
David Lebe created this image by using a penlight to trace the features of a man and the bedroom in which he sits. Lebe describes his penlight photographs of male figures as representations of “the sexual electricity that we can feel along our skin when in proximity with someone we are attracted to.” The photograph is on view in “In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans”
“Angelo in Robe”; 1979 (negative), 1995 (print); by David Lebe (© David Lebe)
Happy birthday to Jacques-Louis David, born this day in 1748. This double portrait of Pope Pius VII and French papal legate Cardinal Caprara also appears in David’s huge “The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804” at the Louvre Museum.
”Portrait of Pope Pius VII and Cardinal Caprara,” c. 1805, by Jacques-Louis David
It’s the final days to see the groundbreaking exhibition “Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Watch this candid and revealing interview in which Gehry describes his vision for the building’s future.
Don’t forget: The Museum is open this Monday, Labor Day.
Happy birthday to French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who was born in 1780. This painting is a small-scale replica of his monumental altarpiece that depicts Saint Symphorien’s martyrdom.
”The Martyrdom of Saint Symphorien,” 1865, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Fashion Friday: Friends, Enemies, Frenemies?
There was no love lost between fashion designers Coco Chanel (1883–1971) and Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973). Chanel famously dismissed Schiaparelli as “that Italian artist who makes clothes.” Schiaparelli derided Chanel by calling her “that milliner.” But the designers did have one thing in common: multi-talented artist Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), who was a close friend and collaborator to both women. Chanel appears in some of Cocteau’s artworks, and Cocteau’s drawings appear in some designs from Schiaparelli’s Fall 1937 collection.
Woman’s Dinner Jacket, Fall 1937, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Jean Cocteau, embroidered by Lesage