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Model Soldiers
Making and collecting military miniatures is certainly nothing new. From time immemorial, man has created images of his heroes and gods.
Collecting Military Miniatures
Antique porcelain figures of soldiers, military suits of armor, wood carvings and many other items of interest to the military collector can still be found in antique stores and in the shops of dealers in art objects, arms and related subjects.
War Games
Chess, a game whose origin is lost in antiquity, is the best known of all war games. It has been traced back to about 200 B.C., and its origin has been attributed to many people of different races.
Table Top Photography
When skillfully done, table top photography can turn military miniatures into entrancing giants and, by experienced blending of lights and focus, diminish or eliminate some imperfections that are evident even to the untrained eye.
Dioramas and Scenery
A diorama is often thought of as a great stage covering a vast amount of space that the average home or modern apartment could not accommodate. This, however, is not true.
Converting Commercial Figures
Converting is a term used in the military miniature fraternity to describe the revamping of an inexpensive commercial figure into a fine detailed example of a particular person or soldier of a regiment with all the correct equipment and uniform colors.
Making an Original Model
The methods and materials used to make an original model depend on the final results desired by the collector. An original model may be made so that duplicates may be cast in plaster molds, or the original may be created as a one-of-a-kind figure.
Painting Military Miniatures
The finest brushes for miniature painting are red sables. Red sable has qualities unmatched by any other hair. Strength, slim body, fine points and great resilience.
Making Molds and Casting
Mold making and casting is an ancient art that has not changed in principle over the thousands of years since man first learned he could melt metal and pour it into a cavity and produce his tools, ornaments and weapons.
Anatomy and Drapery
One of the most discouraging discoveries for the amateur figure maker is to realize that, after hours of uniform research, modeling, casting and careful painting, the finished figure doesn't look right.
Source Material
Although there have been distinguishable features in the clothing of soldiers since ancient times, military uniforms, as thought of today, have a history of only a few hundred years.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts - Part 1
Logically our art tour in America begins with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and as we are searching out, as far as possible, masterpieces in painting, we will go directly to the Spanish room, the third one on the left.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts - Part 2
To the right of the corridor we enter the rooms of modern painting. One of the pictures that marks the revolution which split French art and set the two factionsóclassicists and romanticistsóat variance is The Pieta, by Delacroix (1798-1863).
New Haven, Yale School of Fine Arts
Probably the most comprehensive group of early Italian paintings in the world is the Jarves Collection of Primitives at Yale University. In the various galleries of Europe we find more famous single pictures of early art but nowhere is there quite so complete a history in consecutive examples.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Part 1
When we consider that it is less than fifty years (1871) since the collection of paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City was started, we may well congratulate ourselves on its collection today.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Part 2
The Forest of Fontainebleau, by Diaz, is one of those insistent pictures of nature that steal into our very heart of hearts. The light falling on the open space beckons us and the delicious shade of the splendid trees in the foreground holds us.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Part 3
Possibly the most startling acquisitions ever made to the Museum are Joaquin Sorolla's pictures. So startling is his representation of sunlight in Beaching the Boat (loaned to the Museum) that we involuntarily shade our eyes.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Part 4
The latter artist, Goya, is well represented by The Jewess of Tangier, a small canvas, yet glowing with an inner life that not even her elaborate brocaded costume and sparkling jewels can eclipse.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Altman Collection
No collection of paintings bequeathed to any museum in America has ever attracted such widespread interest among the people as has the Altman collection since its bequest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Brooklyn, Institute of Arts and Sciences - Part 1
The Central Museum of the Brooklyn Institute has such splendid examples of particular phases of painting in various countries and of special artists that we shall confine ourselves to some of these in our first study of the pictures.
Brooklyn, Institute of Arts and Sciences - Part 2
The Museum has a splendid collection of paintings by American artists. Some of the pictures are of peculiar interest, as they represent rather unusual moods of the artists.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
To try to represent the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with six illustrations is simply absurd. We can only sketch briefly one of the several special themes of art represented in the gallery, then suggest some others to take up as we have time and opportunity.
Philadelphia, Wilstach Gallery
One unique circumstance connected with the Wilstach collection of paintings is that its first public home was in Memorial Hall, which during the Centennial Exposition in 1876 contained the first world exhibition of paintings in America.
Baltimore, Walters Gallery
Probably no private collection of pictures in this country has contributed more to the education of school people than Mr. Walters' Gallery in Baltimore.
Washington D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art
Over one-third of the artists represented in the Corcoran Gallery are American-born and of those a goodly number are now among the leading artists of the world.
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute
The collection of paintings at the Carnegie Institute is largely made up of the work of contemporaneous artists in Europe and America. Some of the examples are already widely known because of frequent reproduction and special exhibitions in various cities.
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