End notes: John Singer Sargent’s portraits at the MET

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“Scintillating…addictive” applauded The Guardian; “outstanding…one of the best I’ve ever seen,” acclaimed The Telegraph; “mesmerising” said The Spectator. All were describing the exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at London’s National Portrait Gallery earlier this year. But for anyone in New York this summer, it gets even better. An expanded version of the show of John Singer Sargent’s portraits …

Talking past and present

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The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, may be this country’s oldest continuing museum…or it may not be. Given its other distinctions, that hardly matters. Founded in 1799 by the wealthy entrepreneurs of Salem whose merchant ships sailed to India, Japan, Africa, China, the Pacific Islands, and beyond, it began with the curious idea of presenting the citizens of Salem …

The Peabody Essex Museum’s collection of Chinese export ceramics

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from The Magazine ANTIQUES, September/October 2012 |  The objects shown are selected from the nearly three hundred examples featured in William R. Sargent’s monumental Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum, published earlier this year. CHARGER, Jingdezhen,1600-1620. Porcelain; diameter 17 ½ inches. Museum purchase. The shield bearing a seven-headed hydra bifurcated by a banderole with the Latin motto Saptenti …

Dennis Miller, Helen Keller, Bunker

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The solemn nothings that  fill our everyday life blossom suddenly into bright possibilities  —Helen Keller  Life is such an actual thing —Dennis Miller Bunker Fig. 1. Wild Asters by Dennis Miller Bunker (1861–1890), 1889. Signed and dated “D. M. BUNKER/1889” at lower right. Oil on canvas, 25 by 30 inches. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.  Is it just …

A spirited conversation: The European and American Galleries at the Harvard Art Museums

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When visitors enter the renovated and reinstalled Harvard Art Museums on the north side of Harvard Yard, they will find a series of galleries that invite a new way to approach the history of American art. The first and second floors of the Fogg Museum galleries in the 205,000-square-foot facility designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop bring together the …

Patronage and the publication of botanical illustration

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 By Bernadette G. Callery; from The Magazine ANTIQUES, August 1989. Modern collections of botanical illustrations are treaty indebted to the patrons of the past, whose leisured curiosity and horticultural acquisitiveness enabled them to accumulate various “vegetable rarities,” and then to have those plants recorded in drawings or paintings from which published illustrations were prepared. Many of the surviving florilegia, or collections of …

Glackens and Whistler: A young man’s attraction

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When citing the formative influences on the American artist William Glackens, we tend to round up the usual suspects: Diego Velázquez, Frans Hals, Édouard Manet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It is true that all of these painters, as well as Edgar Degas, Théophile Steinlen, Claude Monet, and Henri Matisse, evoked Glackens’s admiration, and he firmly believed that Americans who wished to …

SARAH GOODRIDGE

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By AGNES M. DODS; from The Magazine ANTIQUES, May 1947. THE WORK OF SARAH GOODRIDGE, one of the lesser known miniature painters of New England, has been increasing steadily in popularity for some years. Although her claim to fame rests mainly on her miniature of Gilbert Stuart, a diligent search of the countryside has brought to light many excellent likenesses from …

Rediscovering an art star

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from The Magazine ANTIQUES, March/April 2013 | In recent decades, few provinces of human creativity have fallen into swifter or more thorough disrepute than the society portrait. So steeply have its fortunes declined that the latest generation might be surprised to learn that this genre once held a position of signal honor among the varied forms of painting. Indeed, a …

Past, Present, and Future at the Huntington

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from The Magazine ANTIQUES, May/June 2012 | Its name, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, pretty well covers what this singular institution in San Marino, California, is all about. But it hardly begins to tell the story. The creation of Henry E. Huntington, a man with forward-looking business sense and retrospective tastes in art and literature, the Huntington today is …