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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 |2021-01-12T16:29:16-05:00January 7th, 2021|Featured|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 |2021-01-12T16:28:31-05:00January 6th, 2021|Featured|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

A SYMPHONY OF COLOR [THEORY] IN MARY GARTSIDE’S ESSAY ON LIGHT AND SHADE

By Joseph Litts, WPAMC Class of 2020 Winterthur is very lucky to have a copy of Mart Gartside’s An Essay on Light and Shade on Colors and Composition in General. Printed in London in 1805, Light and Shade is gorgeous and fascinating. As she describes in the opening pages, Mary Gartside was a drawing teacher, frequently frustrated [...]

By |2020-06-26T16:29:49-04:00December 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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