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Venus at Vulcan's Forge
Venus at Vulcan's Forge

Venus at Vulcan's Forge

François Boucher
French (1703–1770)
18th century
1769
Oil on canvas
107 11/16 x 80 9/16 in. (273.5 x 204.7 cm) Framed: 110 3/4 x 83 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (281.3 x 212.7 x 6.4 cm)
AP 1972.09
In this canvas, Boucher goes to the heart of Virgil’s narrative in the eighth book of The Aeneid, in which Venus induces Vulcan to forge arms for her mortal son Aeneas, champion of the Trojans against the Greeks.
Two Gibbons Reaching for the Moon
Two Gibbons Reaching for the Moon

Two Gibbons Reaching for the Moon

Ito Jakuchu
Japanese (1713–1800)
Edo period (1615–1868)
c. 1770
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
45 1/4 x 19 1/16 in. (114.9 x 48.4 cm)
AP 2005.01
This charming painting depicts a mother gibbon dangling her baby by the arm as she hangs from a tendril suspended from a tree. The title of the painting is a reference to the Zen Buddhist concept that simple people and animals often mistake the reflection of the moon for the moon itself.
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.
Landscape with a Solitary Traveler
Landscape with a Solitary Traveler

Landscape with a Solitary Traveler

Yosa Buson
Japanese (1716–1784)
Edo period (1615–1868)
c. 1780
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on silk
39 15/16 x 14 5/16 in. (101.5 x 36.4 cm)
AP 1981.18
The nanga (southern painting) school, also called bunjinga (literati painting), was one of the two most dynamic schools of Japanese painting during the eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth century.
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.
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.
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.
Beauty in a White Kimono
Beauty in a White Kimono

Beauty in a White Kimono

Rekisentei Eiri
Japanese (active c. 1790–1800)
Edo period (1615–1868)
c. 1800
Hanging scroll; ink and mineral pigments on paper
48 13/16 x 10 3/8 in. (124 x 26.3 cm)
AP 1981.10
This decorative hanging scroll shows a courtesan, who pauses to glance seductively over her left shoulder, proudly displaying her magnificent white kimono and outer cloak, which are designed in a variety of delicate geometric patterns.
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.

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