Did you know that Jean Léon Gérôme and James Abbott McNeill Whistler weren’t impressed with each other’s artistic abilities? The two were contemporaries, but Gérôme stuck to more traditional academic painting while Whistler strayed from that style. As a sign of their rivalry, Gérôme once painted an image of a lion snapping at a butterfly. (He often depicted himself as a lion because of his middle name, and Whistler often signed his paintings with a butterfly.) Which one do you think is better?
”Portal of the Green Mosque (Sentinel at the Sultan’s Tomb),” c. 1870, by Jean Léon Gérôme
”Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks,” 1864, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Staff Pick: Botticelli’s “Portrait of a Young Man, possibly Giuliano de’ Medici”
This portrait may represent Giuliano de’ Medici, who was assassinated on Easter Sunday in 1478 in a conspiracy against the Medici family and their governance of Florence. Learn more about the powerful Medici family in our newest installation, “Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance.”
“Portrait of a Young Man, possibly Giuliano de’ Medici,” 1465–70, by Sandro Botticelli
Today we remember Lauren Bacall (1924-2014) with this image of the actress visiting the Museum in 1958.
“Three Musicians,” 1921, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Next Wednesday night, get a sneak peek at “The Body Lautrec,” which will premiere at this year’s Fringearts Festival. Physical theater artists Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen bring you a voyeuristic look into the world of belle epoche painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Seating is limited.
Photo by Plate 3 Photography. Pictured: Aaron Cromie
Happy birthday Alfred Hitchcock! In his films, Hitchcock was known for making the comfortable strange and the strange comfortable. The best example of this is his masterpiece thriller, “The Birds.” Okuhara Seiko took a similar approach to her depiction of these moor hens. Have you ever thought a scary movie had a seemingly normal premise?
”Two Moor Hens,” c. 1900–1913, by Okuhara Seiko
Who is this man, and what’s his story? He’s holding a sword and has a dagger, so he could be a palace guard or maybe the ruler himself. Join us for storytelling and around-the-world-travel this week at Art Splash.
”The Moorish Chief,” 1878, by Eduard Charlemont
Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive.
Please do not feed the sharks. #SharkWeek
What do you think our Museum walls would say if they had a voice? PMA Members and their guests can get an idea on August 23 at “If These Walls Could Talk: The History of Your Museum.” Discover the Museum’s rich history from our Centennial Exhibition origins to our transition into the new millennium. Membership and reservations required.
Photo: Installation of the Grand Salon of the Château de Draveil in gallery 260 of the Museum, circa 1936