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Washington Art: The Corcoran Gallery Of Art
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE Corcoran Gallery of Art is a monument to the magnanimity, cultivation, and far seeing judgment of its founder, William Wilson Corcoran, a native of Georgetown and a resident of Washing-ton, who, during the course of a long and active life, had amassed great wealth, much of which was spent in the cultivation of the fine arts.
Washington Art: The New Building
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE old gallery served its purpose for a little less than a quarter of a century. Before the expiration of the first score of years of its existence, however, it became apparent that the building, which had at first seemed so commodious, would be, in a comparatively short space of time, wholly inadequate for the proper display of the growing collections of the gallery...
Washington Art: The Nucleus Of The Collections : The Hudson River School
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE nucleus of the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art has a certain flavour of the time at which the collection was formed that is not with-out its attraction. In it is preserved a sequence of examples of the best of the painters in vogue in the early half of the last century, and it represents fairly adequately what was bought and liked by contemporary collectors of the epoch.
Washington Art: Influence Of The Dusseldorf School Upon American Painters
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) WHILE the Düsseldorf influence operated mainly in the department of figure or genre painting, several of our landscape painters came also under its sway. Whittredge, as well as Hart, were students of the Academy, though Bierstadt is the most significant product of its theories, in this country, and was the one to profit most of its instruction and to hand on the traditions to his followers.
Washington Art: Links In The Chain Of American Painters
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) WITH Church, the Hudson River painters reached their limit of expression and most nearly achieved the ideals for which they strived. Church had no logical succession, and after him the dynasty of American landscape painters split into several factions. During his lifetime Constable had no followers, and though he died in 1837, it was not until the forties ,and fifties, when the Barbison School was...
Washington Art: Early Portrait Painters
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE Corcoran Gallery rejoices in a very considerable collection of miscellaneous portraits by early American painters, which have come to the Gallery by purchase, gift, and bequest, and form an interesting and pertinent feature of an American gallery.
Washington Art: West And Morse
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) Two important and interesting works of the earliest American painters figure prominently in the collections. These are 'Cupid and Psyche,' by Benjamin West, and 'Hall of the House of Representatives,' by his pupil, Samuel F. B. Morse.
Washington Art: Contemporary Americans
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) HAVING dealt with the evolution and birth of the Corcoran Gallery, and considered its historic collections, we proceed to the gallery of contemporary American paintings, which constitutes its present growth, and where we find most vigorously ex-pressed the progressive spirit of the management.
Washington Art: Foreign Schools
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) MISCELLANEOUS examples of contemporary foreign paintings number about fifty most of which have been acquired since the collet. ion was transferred to the trustees. The nucleus of this collection is the canvas by George Morland (1763-1804), which was bought by Mr. Corcoran in 1850, for his house, and came to the Gallery with the original gift.
Washington Art: The Barye Collection : Antoine Louis Barye. 1796-1875.
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) ORIGINAL bronzes by Antoine Louis Barye form one of the chief features of interest, in a review of the possessions of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The collection in its entirety dates from 1873, when Mr. W. T. Walters, representing the trustees of the institution, was commissioned, by his colleagues, to purchase in Europe, works of art for the Gallery...
Washington Art: Casts And The Greek Slave
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) CASTS from masterpieces of antique and Renaissance sculpture form an important feature of the collections of the Corcoran Gallery, and are effectively displayed in the spacious atrium, where they serve a double purpose of use and decoration. Around the cornice of the south end of the Statuary Hall are placed about three-fifths of the casts from the original marbles of the Frieze of the Parthenon.
Washington Art: The Saint Memin Collection
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) AMONGST the treasures of the Corcoran Gallery is preserved one of the two original collections of engraved portraits by Saint Memin, presented to the institution by W. W. Corcoran. The collection numbers eight hundred and eighteen portraits, of the regulation size and shape, many of them lettered with the name of the sitter and the date, in the artist's own hand...
Washington Art: The National Gallery Of Art
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) As far back as sixty-six years ago the Congress of the United States directed the formation of a gallery of art for the nation, and even at a some-what earlier date it gave encouragement to such a project by granting an act of incorporation to a private society, whose collections were eventually to be ceded to the United States.
Washington Art: The Harriet Lane Johnston Collection
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE collection of Harriet Lane Johnston, who died on July 3, 1903, was received and placed on exhibition in August of that year. It contains the following paintings : 'Madonna and Child,' by Bernardo Luini ; 'Portrait of Mrs. Hammond,' by Sir Joshua Reynolds.; 'Portrait of Miss Kirkpatrick,' by George Romney; 'Portrait of Lady Essex as Juliet,' by Sir Thomas Lawrence...
Washington Art: The William T. Evans Collection
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE William T. Evans Collection of paintings by American artists numbers, at the present writing, one hundred and thirty-six pictures. It dates from the month of March, 1907, when Mr. Evans announced to the Institution his desire to contribute to the National Gallery a number of paintings by contemporary Americans of established reputation, naming thirty-six pictures in his personal collection...
Washington Art: The Freer Collection
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THERE are, at the present time, two living men at least whose minds are wide-awake to the historical importance of oriental art in its bearing on our cultural development, and in its immense fruit-fulness to our own art life - Dr. Bode, who is planning to found an Asiatic museum in Berlin, and Mr. Charles L. Freer, ,who has made the American people heirs to the finest existing collection of...
Washington Art: The National Museum : Chiriqui Pottery
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE Congress of the United States, in the act of August 10, 1846, founding the Smithsonian Institution, recognized that an opportunity was afforded, in carrying out the design of Smithson, to provide for the custody of the museum of the nation. To this new establishment was therefore intrusted the care of the national collections.
Washington Art: Artistic Pottery Of The Pueblos
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE valuable collection of the pottery of the ancient Pueblo Indians, owned by the Bureau of Ethnology, had its commencement w nth the collections made personally by Major Powell, before the establishment of the bureau. The collection contains examples of the coiled, plain, and painted wares of the more ancient or prehistoric tribes.
Washington Art: Sikyatki Pottery
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) ONE of the most extraordinary, as well as one of the most beautiful, of the collections of pre-historic pottery preserved in the National Museum is the collection of Sikyatki ware, acquired by Jesse Walter Fewkes, who spent three months in collecting objects for the National Museum, to illustrate the archaeology of the Southwest, especially that phase of Pueblo life, pertaining to the socalled...
Washington Art: Pottery Of The Mississippi Valley : Musical Instruments
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) ONE case in the Museum contains selections from the prehistoric pottery of the Eastern United States that is the vast region extending from the Great Plains on the west to the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Within this area are two well localized and distinctly marked varieties of earthenware; the first includes primitive pottery of the Middle and Northern Atlantic States, the region of the Great Lakes and upper Mississippi Valley...
Washington Art: The Capitol : Sculptural Decoration
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE Capitol, considered as an architectural object, ranks amongst the noblest buildings in the world. From its commanding situation on Capitol Hill, ninety-seven feet above the river level, it overlooks the amphitheatre of the Potomac, and is the dominant feature of the landscape for miles around. Its majestic proportions, its dignity, its grace and beauty of design, its spacious setting, touch an...
Washington Art: Miscellaneous Sculpture
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) PRESERVED in the interior of the Capitol is a variety of sculpture of various periods. The earliest American sculptor represented is John Frazee (1790-1852), a descendant of Scotch emigrants who landed at Perth Amboy amongst the first settlers of that place. The sculptor was born in Rahway, New jersey, and began life as a stone cutter, carving his first bust in 1824 or 1825.
Washington Art: Paintings
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE paintings in the United States Capitol may be generally classified in four groups : frescoes, historical subjects, landscapes, and portraits. The decoration proper of the interior was undertaken in 1855, when Brumidi, an Italian painter, was employed upon the frescoes of the rotunda, the president's room, the public reception room of the Senate, and numerous committee rooms and corridors.
Washington Art: Historic Portraits
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE Capitol's widest field, as an artistic treasure house, is in the department of historic portraiture. There are hundreds of portraits in the various rooms, corridors and halls, depicting the person-ages of the nation; and of these hundreds not a few are masterpieces. Amongst the first to be installed were the full-length portraits of Lafayette and Washington, which are placed one on each side of the Speaker's chair in the House of Representatives.
Washington Art: The Library Of Congress
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE decorations of the Library of Congress furnish a résumé of the status of decorative painting and sculpture in America at the time of its erection. Its spacious halls and corridors, its elaborate exterior, furnished opportunity for the activities of most of the promising painters and sculptors of the epoch, and in providing a forum for the artistic genius of our country, the Library suggests...
Washington Art: Public Statuary
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) THE first Equestrian statue to be executed and set up in the United States, after that of George III, demolished during the Revolution, was the bronze group of General Jackson, hero of the War of 1812, which stands in the centre of Lafayette Square, Washington.
Collecting: How Does One Catch The Collecting Bug?
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) I have a good friend who collects everything. I pondered on the why of it? Beth seems very normal in every other respect. But what make it so hard for her to turn away from so many things she has over the years come to collect?
Social Customs: Early Origin Of Manners
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) HERBERT SPENCER declares the earliest kind of government to be that of ceremonial institutions. Ceremonial control precedes religious and political control, and he finds an ingenious argument in favor of this hypothesis in the conduct of savage tribes.
Social Customs: Permanent And Transient Institutions In Society
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) CRABBED age and youth cannot live together - says the old song, and the unregenerate heart of man repeats it. But modern civilization not only brings youth and age together, she accomplishes even greater wonders.
Social Customs: Uses Of Society
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) WHAT is the use of the thing called Society? What are the objects for which men come together in social meetings of various sorts?
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