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Chocolate cup and saucer produced by the Derby Porcelain Factory, c. 1790. British Museum, London.

The British Museum, London, England

The museum’s recent re-release of their online collection includes a number of notable updates. Among them, you can now enlarge the view of select items in ultra-high definition. Many items have details revealed that might be missed by the naked eye in a physical exhibit. For example: without magnification, the delicate Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies (The Admonitions Scroll) could not be fully appreciated. We at TMA are also fond of this acacia wood chair. Images that do not yet have this feature enabled are scheduled for an update over the coming weeks. The themed collections – including Desire, Love and Identity, and Animals – are a particularly enjoyable browse, and most photographs are available for download if they really strike you!

Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. The Courtauld Gallery, London.

The Courtauld Gallery, London, England

The Courtauld Gallery’s virtual tour presents a digital version of the gallery as it appeared just prior to a museum renovation that began in September 2018, and includes such masterpieces as Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère. Beyond simply reproducing the space, this tour’s zoom quality ensures that each brushstroke and texture of paint is visible with perfect clarity. 

The menu on the right side of the tour page offers a selection of nine rooms (some of them different areas within the same space). Pro tip: Room 7 includes Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, Picasso’s Child with Dove, and Gauguin’s Nevermore. You’ll have to hunt around a bit yourself for Renoir’s La Loge and other highlights, though!

The Nostell Dolls’ House, 18th century. National Trust / David Brunetti.

Nostell House, Wakefield, England

Though you can’t visit the grand mansion right now, this miniature version – the only 18th century dollhouse on view in its original family home – is a delightful alternative. Scrolling down the page, you’ll enjoy a series of videos that allow an intimate, immediate view of the miniatures. By extension, you’ll gain an understanding of 18th century life at Nostell house itself, as a journey through this “baby house” acts as a mood board of-sorts for the full-scale house at Nostell.

Michael West in her studio with Black and White, 1947. Photograph courtesy of the Michael (Corinne) West Estate Archives.

Hollis Taggart Gallery

A new exhibition is launching on the Hollis Taggart Gallery website today celebrating the work of Michael West (born Corinne Michelle West), whose contributions to abstract expressionism have long been under-appreciated. Michael West: We Come Alive and Dream, will explore the relationship between the artist’s poetry and other writings and her spirited gestural painting. The exhibition includes 15 artworks alongside West’s literary archival material.

The Brimfield Show (online), May 11–17

This year’s Spring edition of the antiquing extravaganza known as Brimfield was sadly cancelled. But even though we can’t browse dealer tents set up in fields outside a Massachusetts town, dealer Adam Irish and social media guru-to-the-trade Emily Brandenburg have joined forces to bring us all Brimfield online from May 11 to May 17.

The pair have teamed with dealers to create a group of virtual “shows” that will open on successive days and are each pegged to a different theme, such as Americana and modernism.

Irish and Brandenburg explain how it will work: “Prior to each show, over May 11 to 17, @thebrimfieldshow will post on Instagram, Facebook, and our website a list of participating dealers with their Instagram handles (for example, @brimfielddealer, functioning as a link which connects you directly to the individual seller). Each show opens at 9:00 am sharp, though our featured show — The E-Tent: Art, Design, Eclectic — opens Wednesday at noon. Once the show opens, dealers will start posting pictures of their items. To kick off the flea market hunt, click on the participating dealers’ Instagram handles we’ve shared in our Instagram and Facebook posts and on our website. Each dealer will post a picture of their whole setup, followed by shots of individual items with prices.”

Be sure to review all the information available here for further instructions on how to shop. Any dealers who want to participate are welcome – instructions for joining can be found here.