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Standing Oba
Standing Oba

Standing Oba

Africa, Southern Nigeria, Benin City, Kingdom of Benin
late 18th century
Bronze (or brass)
22 5/8 x 7 1/8 x 7 3/4 in. (57.4 x 18.1 x 19.7 cm)
AP 1970.04
Benin City is the center of an ancient culture that has flourished for centuries in southern Nigeria. From the early seventeenth century there are accounts by Europeans of the extensive architectural use of cast metal (actually brass) relief panels and other objects.
The Fountain
The Fountain

The Fountain

Hubert Robert
French (1733–1808)
18th century
c. 1775–78
Oil on canvas
44 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (113 x 90.2 cm) Framed: 54 x 44 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (137.2 x 113 x 11.4 cm)
AP 1970.15
In 1754, Hubert Robert went to Rome in the entourage of his protector, the Comte de Stainville, French Ambassador to the Holy See. In Italy he visited the sites of classical antiquity and the captivating gardens around Rome, including the Villa d’Este in Tivoli.
Portrait of Aymard-Jean de Nicolay, Premier Président de la Chambre des Comptes
Portrait of Aymard-Jean de Nicolay, Premier Président de la Chambre des Comptes

Portrait of Aymard-Jean de Nicolay, Premier Président de la Chambre des Comptes

Jean-Antoine Houdon
French (1741–1828)
18th century
1779
Marble
35 7/16 x 29 1/8 in. (90 x 74 cm)
AP 1991.01
In his portraits of the men of letters and nobility of the Enlightenment, Houdon created an entirely new genre, in which he achieved spontaneity and informality of expression without compromising the decorous and elevated presentation of his sitters.
Portrait of Mrs. Andrew Reid
Portrait of Mrs. Andrew Reid

Portrait of Mrs. Andrew Reid

George Romney
British (English) (1734–1802)
18th century
c. l780–88
Oil on canvas
91 7/8 x 56 3/4 in. (233.4 x 144.2 cm) Framed: 105 x 69 x 4 5/8 in. (266.7 x 175.3 x 11.7 cm)
ACF 1957.03
Known for his refined and elegant manner, George Romney enjoyed the highest reputation among British portraitists after Reynolds and Gainsborough.
Venice from the Bacino di San Marco
Venice from the Bacino di San Marco

Venice from the Bacino di San Marco

Francesco Guardi
Italian (1712–1793)
18th century
c. 1780
Oil on canvas
24 3/8 x 37 1/2 in. (61.9 x 95.3 cm) Framed: 32 1/2 x 45 1/8 x 4 in. (82.6 x 114.6 x 10.2 cm)
AP 1970.19
Little is known about Francesco Guardi. Members of his family were active as painters of devotional works, and he initially worked with his older brother, Antonio, as a figure painter.
Courtesan Playing the Samisen
Courtesan Playing the Samisen

Courtesan Playing the Samisen

Isoda Koryusai
Japanese (active c. 1764–1788)
Edo period (1615–1868)
c. 1785
Hanging scroll; ink and gold on silk
15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (39.4 x 49.5 cm)
AP 1984.23
This painting is a late masterwork by Isoda Koryusai, who was an important and prolific ukiyo-e painter and printmaker in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, a time when Koryusai and other artists showed a keen fascination with the natural world.
Portrait of Miss Anna Ward with Her Dog
Portrait of Miss Anna Ward with Her Dog

Portrait of Miss Anna Ward with Her Dog

Joshua Reynolds
British (English) (1723–1792)
18th century
1787
Oil on canvas
55 3/4 x 44 3/4 in. (141.6 x 113.7 cm) Framed: 67 3/8 x 56 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (171.1 x 143.5 x 12.1 cm)
ACF 1948.03
Painted in 1787, two years before Reynolds lost his sight, this portrait of Anna Ward represents the eight-year-old illegitimate daughter of John, second Viscount Dudley and Ward, and Mrs. Mary Baker, whom Lord Dudley later married.
Fukurojin, the God of Longevity and Wisdom
Fukurojin, the God of Longevity and Wisdom

Fukurojin, the God of Longevity and Wisdom

Ito Jakuchu
Japanese (1713–1800)
Edo period (1617–1868)
c. 1790
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper
45 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (115.9 x 56.5 cm)
APx 1986.02
This humorous image depicts Fukurojin, one of a group of Chinese divinities called the “Seven Household Gods,” who were also popular folk deities in Japan.
The Allen Brothers (Portrait of James and John Lee Allen)
The Allen Brothers (Portrait of James and John Lee Allen)

The Allen Brothers (Portrait of James and John Lee Allen)

Henry Raeburn
British (Scottish) (1756–1823)
18th century
early 1790s
Oil on canvas
60 x 45 1/2 in. (152.4 x 115.6 cm) Framed: 68 x 54 1/2 x 4 in. (172.7 x 138.4 x 10.2 cm)
AP 2002.05
Henry Raeburn was the leading portraitist in Edinburgh, Scotland, a center of the intellectual and artistic movement known as the Enlightenment, from about 1790 until his death in 1823.
Portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero
Portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero

Portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero

Francisco de Goya
Spanish (1746–1828)
18th century
c. 1795–98
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 33 1/8 x 25 9/16 in. (84.1 x 65 cm) Framed: 41 1/2 × 34 1/4 × 2 1/2 in. (105.41 × 87 × 6.35 cm)
AP 1966.12
Francisco de Goya, the most important Spanish painter after Velázquez, was, like his predecessor, a master portraitist. This portrait depicts Pedro Romero (1754–1839), one of the greatest toreadors of all time, idolized for his courage and control as well as his handsome appearance.
Standing Ancestor Figure
Standing Ancestor Figure

Standing Ancestor Figure

New Zealand, Maori culture, possibly Rongowhakaata people
Te Huringa period I (1800–1900)
c. 1800–1840
Wood
17 5/8 x 5 3/16 x 4 7/16 in. (44.8 x 13.2 x 11.2 cm)
AP 1989.04
The Maori tribes of New Zealand excelled in the decoration of their timber buildings with elaborate relief carvings and sculptures.
Warrior Ancestor Figure
Warrior Ancestor Figure

Warrior Ancestor Figure

Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Area of Lualaba, Luika, and Lukuga rivers, Hemba people
19th century
Wood
33 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (84.1 x 26 x 23.2 cm)
AP 1979.03
This dignified figure of a Hemba warrior, with his upright posture and lofty, outward gaze, would have served as the focus for the veneration of its ancestors among one of the Hemba peoples of the central and eastern Congo.
The Geography Lesson (Portrait of Monsieur Gaudry and His Daughter)
The Geography Lesson (Portrait of Monsieur Gaudry and His Daughter)

The Geography Lesson (Portrait of Monsieur Gaudry and His Daughter)

Louis-Léopold Boilly
French (1761–1845)
19th century
1812
Oil on canvas
29 x 23 1/4 in. (73.6 x 59 cm)
AP 1990.01
Arriving in Paris in 1785, Louis-Léopold Boilly was witness to the collapse of the French monarchy, the struggle for modern republicanism, and the rise and fall of Napoleon’s empire.
Ideal Head of a Woman
Ideal Head of a Woman

Ideal Head of a Woman

Antonio Canova
Italian (1757–1822)
19th century
c. 1817
Marble
22 3/16 x 9 7/16 x 9 3/4 in. (56.3 x 24 x 24.7 cm)
AP 1981.13
The Venetian artist Antonio Canova was the leading sculptor of the Neoclassical movement. Traveling to Rome in late 1779, his virtuosity and stylistic innovation soon won him papal commissions and acclaim.
Portrait Study of a Youth
Portrait Study of a Youth

Portrait Study of a Youth

Théodore Géricault
French (1791–1824)
19th century
c. 1818–20
Oil on canvas
18 1/2 x 15 in. (47 x 38.1 cm) Framed: 26 3/8 x 23 1/8 x 3 1/2 in. (67 x 58.7 x 8.9 cm)
AP 1969.07
In the Salon of 1819, Géricault showed his celebrated Raft of the Medusa.
The Anger of Achilles
The Anger of Achilles

The Anger of Achilles

Jacques-Louis David
French (1748–1825)
19th century
1819
Oil on canvas
41 7/16 x 57 1/16 in. (105.3 x 145 cm) Framed: 52 1/4 x 68 x 4 in. (132.7 x 172.7 x 10.2 cm)
AP 1980.07
Jacques-Louis David, the leading Neoclassical painter in Europe during the French Revolution and under Napoleon, took exile in Brussels after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

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