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AN INTIMATE MEETING BY CANDLELIGHT

By Alexandra Izzard, Class of 2022 Examining this print in direct sunlight, its many flaws and relatively medium quality were quite evident. I could see the wrinkles in the paper, the scratches on the surface, and places where it has been later marked. The velvety blacks of the mezzotint were not very strong – [...]

By |2021-04-27T17:10:49-04:00April 23rd, 2021|Featured|0 Comments

TALES WOVEN INTO A BOTANICAL DRESS

By Emily Bach, Class of 2022 The sitter eyes the viewer with flushed, rosy cheeks. Behind her, a surreal landscape of clouds, trees, and shrubbery twist and merge in an almost whirlpool-like manner that obscures the background. What remains in focus, instead, is the sitter herself and her exquisite textile. Unfortunately, the woman’s identity [...]

By |2021-04-27T17:10:18-04:00April 23rd, 2021|Featured|0 Comments

A CITY ON THE BLADE OF A KNIFE

By Jena Gilbert-Merrill,  Class of 2022 A panorama on the blade of a knife is not something we are likely to encounter on our cutlery today. This set of forks and knives in Winterthur’s collection, featuring cityscapes of Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and London, stands out for its unusual use of ornamentation. The [...]

By |2021-01-12T16:28:58-05:00January 8th, 2021|Featured|0 Comments

THINKING OUTSIDE THE QUADRANGLE

By Benét Burton, Class of 2021 A sign of good design is its ability to be reinterpreted. Whether conceptually, theoretically, or physically, a space that can be redefined is an indication of its longevity. In historic spaces such as Oxford University, good design is easy to find and easy to reinterpret. With Dr. William [...]

By |2021-04-23T15:14:03-04:00January 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGES IN PAINT & PRINT: CELEBRATING THE WORKS OF ESTERIA BUTLER

By Catherine Cyr,  Class of 2022 Tucked away in a storage box at the Winterthur Museum lies a lithograph depicting a picturesque view of one of New England’s celebrated small colleges. Produced by the Thomas Moore Lithography Studio in Boston, Massachusetts between 1836 and 1837, the print features a view of a college campus [...]

By |2021-04-23T15:14:33-04:00January 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

ANONYMITY IN METAL

By Christopher Malone, WPAMC Class of 2021 The shoemaker shop sign located in the Winterthur Museum’s Shop Lane is a great example of a late 18th- to early 19th-century trade sign which was easy to read from the street, used the traditional trope of the boot to signify shoemaker, and, according to paint analysis, [...]

By |2020-10-06T13:37:03-04:00June 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLLECTING A LIQUID LIBRARY

By Cara Caputo, WPAMC Class of 2021 With its paper covers and imitation leather spine, this flask would have easily blended in with a shelf of books, but once removed, its true function as a flask would have been immediately evident. Displayed in Winterthur’s Albany Room, this flask is not meant to deceive visitors [...]

By |2020-08-10T16:44:37-04:00June 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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