On View

Her hair, the moon, and other details of the sculpture are gilded.
Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child
Her hair, the moon, and other details of the sculpture are gilded.

Virgin and Child

South Germany
15th century
15th century
1486
Silver, parcel-gilt, stones (opal, clear and pale sapphires, garnets, and pale emeralds)
21 × 6 3/4 × 6 3/4 in. (53.3 × 17.1 × 17.1 cm)
AP 2002.03
The subject of this rare example of Late Gothic church sculpture can be identified as the Virgin of the Apocalypse, whose imagery—the aureole of the sun, along with the twelve stars in her crown, and the crescent moon beneath her—is derived from the book of Revelation (12:1–5): “And there appeared a
The Torment of Saint Anthony depicts how the Egyptian hermit-saint, Saint Anthony, had a vision that he levitated into the air and was attacked by demons, whose torments he withstood. He also included a landscape that resembles the Arno River Valley around Florence.
The Torment of Saint Anthony
The Torment of Saint Anthony
The Torment of Saint Anthony depicts how the Egyptian hermit-saint, Saint Anthony, had a vision that he levitated into the air and was attacked by demons, whose torments he withstood. He also included a landscape that resembles the Arno River Valley around Florence.

The Torment of Saint Anthony

Michelangelo Buonarroti
Italian (1475–1564)
15th century
1487
Tempera on panel
18 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (47 x 34.9 cm) Framed: 27 x 22 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (68.6 x 56.8 x 5.7 cm)
AP 2009.01
This is the first known painting by Michelangelo, described by his earliest biographers and believed to have been painted when he was twelve or thirteen years old.
The gilt Gothic inscription on this masterpiece of northern Renaissance portraiture identifies the sitter as Jacob Obrecht (1457/58–1505), a renowned choirmaster and one of the greatest composers of his age.
Jacob Obrecht
Jacob Obrecht
The gilt Gothic inscription on this masterpiece of northern Renaissance portraiture identifies the sitter as Jacob Obrecht (1457/58–1505), a renowned choirmaster and one of the greatest composers of his age.

Jacob Obrecht

Netherlandish or French
15th century
15th century
1496
Tempera, oil, and gold on panel
20 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (51.4 x 36.2 cm)
AP 1993.02
The gilt Gothic inscription on this masterpiece of northern Renaissance portraiture identifies the sitter as Jacob Obrecht (1457/58–1505), a renowned choirmaster and one of the greatest composers of his age.
 Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este is a terracotta bust of who we believe to be Marchioness of Mantua. It represents her in a highly flattering way, presenting an ideal, classicized “likeness."
Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este
Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este
 Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este is a terracotta bust of who we believe to be Marchioness of Mantua. It represents her in a highly flattering way, presenting an ideal, classicized “likeness."

Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este

Attributed to Gian Cristoforo Romano
Italian (c. 1465–1512)
16th century
c. 1500
Terracotta, formerly polychromed
21 3/8 x 21 1/2 in. (54.3 x 54.6 cm)
AP 2004.01
This rare terracotta portrait bust probably represents Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua. The most celebrated woman of her day, Isabella d’Este (1474–1539) cultivated one of the most illustrious courts in Renaissance Italy.
Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl is a basalt sculpture of an old macehualli, or man of the people. The bold facial scarification and more subtle, abstract patterns on the kneecaps, shoulder blades, and vertebrae suggest that he also represents the “Old God,” Huehueteotl
Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl
Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl
Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl is a basalt sculpture of an old macehualli, or man of the people. The bold facial scarification and more subtle, abstract patterns on the kneecaps, shoulder blades, and vertebrae suggest that he also represents the “Old God,” Huehueteotl

Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl

Mexico, Aztec culture
Postclassic period (900–1521)
c. 1500
Basalt
25 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 12 1/8 in. (64.1 x 38.7 x 30.8 cm)
AP 1969.19
Aztec society was militaristic and regimented, and their art and culture show a pervasive interest in ritual and the symbolism of death.
The Canying Hall is a paper hanging scroll  thought to depict the artist's own villa. A scholar plays the qin (Chinese lute) for his guest within a walled enclosure, while nearby a servant can be seen tending chrysanthemums.
The Canying Hall
The Canying Hall
The Canying Hall is a paper hanging scroll  thought to depict the artist's own villa. A scholar plays the qin (Chinese lute) for his guest within a walled enclosure, while nearby a servant can be seen tending chrysanthemums.

The Canying Hall

Lu Zhi
Chinese (1496–1576)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
1572
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper
54 3/4 x 27 1/2 in. (139 x 69.9 cm)
AP 1981.15
During the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), the city of Suzhou became the center for a group of painters known as the Wu school. Lu Zhi was distinguished among these artists for an eclectic style that combined elements from both the amateur (literati) and professional traditions.
Wine Flask is a simple, conservative, yet striking wood vessel with broad, softly rounded shoulders curving to a sharp edge that sets off the extreme slope of the body to the narrow waist and broad, flat foot.
Wine Flask
Wine Flask
Wine Flask is a simple, conservative, yet striking wood vessel with broad, softly rounded shoulders curving to a sharp edge that sets off the extreme slope of the body to the narrow waist and broad, flat foot.

Wine Flask

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
late 16th or early 17th century
Wood with black and red lacquer (Negoro ware)
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (29.9 x 22.3 cm)
AP 1981.16
Negoro lacquerwares constitute a special group of simple food-serving utensils that are distinctive for their solid, cinnabar red finish and austere, functional forms.
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan is a paper hanging scroll which depicts a tall, narrow landscape crowded with wooded mountains, winding paths, torrents, and leafy trees executed in ink and pale colors.
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan is a paper hanging scroll which depicts a tall, narrow landscape crowded with wooded mountains, winding paths, torrents, and leafy trees executed in ink and pale colors.

Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan

Wen Jia
Chinese (1501–1583)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
1577
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper
65 3/4 x 20 1/2 in. (167 x 52 cm)
AP 1980.01
Wen Jia, a recognized poet, critic, and connoisseur of painting, was the second son of Wen Zhengming (1470–1559), one of the literati artists of the Wu school in Suzhou during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).
The Butcher's Shop is Caracci's forthright portrayal of the tradesmen, with their sober, ceremonious demeanor and clean white aprons.
The Butcher's Shop
The Butcher's Shop
The Butcher's Shop is Caracci's forthright portrayal of the tradesmen, with their sober, ceremonious demeanor and clean white aprons.

The Butcher's Shop

Annibale Carracci
Italian (1560–1609)
16th century
early 1580s
Oil on canvas
23 1/2 x 27 15/16 in. (59.7 x 71 cm) Framed: 30 1/4 x 34 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (76.8 x 88.6 x 6 cm)
AP 1980.08
Around the time that he painted The Butcher’s Shop, in about 1582, Annibale Carracci joined his older cousin Ludovico and his brother Agostino to found the Carracci Academy in Bologna.
In The Cardsharps, the players are engaged in a game of primero, a forerunner of poker. Engrossed in his cards at left is the dupe, unaware that the older cardsharp signals his accomplice with a raised, gloved hand (the fingertips exposed, better to feel marked cards). At right, the young cheat looks expectantly toward the boy and reaches behind his back to pull a hidden card from his breeches.
The Cardsharps
The Cardsharps
In The Cardsharps, the players are engaged in a game of primero, a forerunner of poker. Engrossed in his cards at left is the dupe, unaware that the older cardsharp signals his accomplice with a raised, gloved hand (the fingertips exposed, better to feel marked cards). At right, the young cheat looks expectantly toward the boy and reaches behind his back to pull a hidden card from his breeches.

The Cardsharps

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi)
Italian (1571–1610)
16th century
c. 1595
Oil on canvas
37 1/16 x 51 9/16 in. (94.2 x 130.9 cm)
AP 1987.06
Caravaggio was one of the pivotal figures in the history of Western art. In his short lifetime, he created a theatrical style that was as shocking to some as it was new, inspiring others to probe their subject matter for the drama of psychological relationships.
Temples in Eastern Kyoto is a six-fold screen which shows shows a portion of Higashiyama, the eastern hills that border the southern part of Kyoto. The main focus of the painting is the structure in the center, which appears to be the shrine-temple complex called Hokoku Jinja.
Temples in Eastern Kyoto
Temples in Eastern Kyoto
Temples in Eastern Kyoto is a six-fold screen which shows shows a portion of Higashiyama, the eastern hills that border the southern part of Kyoto. The main focus of the painting is the structure in the center, which appears to be the shrine-temple complex called Hokoku Jinja.

Temples in Eastern Kyoto

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615), Keicho era (1596–1615)
c. 1600
Six-fold screen; mineral pigments on gold
35 1/2 x 110 1/16 x 13/16 in. (90.2 x 279.5 x 2 cm)
AP 1986.10
In the Momoyama period, Kyoto emerged as a large urban center with a newly wealthy merchant class that developed a taste for paintings reflecting their vibrant, affluent lifestyle.
Sliding Door Panel with Design of Imperial Eagle, Plum Tree, and Camellia is constructed from wood and decorated with a painted design of a majestic white eagle perched on a blossoming plum tree
Sliding Door Panel with Design of Imperial Eagle, Plum Tree, and Camellia
Sliding Door Panel with Design of Imperial Eagle, Plum Tree, and Camellia
Sliding Door Panel with Design of Imperial Eagle, Plum Tree, and Camellia is constructed from wood and decorated with a painted design of a majestic white eagle perched on a blossoming plum tree

Sliding Door Panel with Design of Imperial Eagle, Plum Tree, and Camellia

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
First half of 17th century
Cryptomeria wood, gesso with pigments
62 3/4 x 32 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. (159.4 x 81.6 x 2.9 cm)
AP 1995.05
This sliding door panel, adorned with a majestic white eagle perched on a blossoming plum tree, is the right half of a two-panel sugito (cedar door). The motif of the eagle, like the hawk, was most likely a symbol of the samurai (warrior) class in Japan.
Wheat, Poppies, and Bamboo is a six-fold silk screen. Boldly patterned with bright mineral colors on a gold ground, it depicts young wheat, blossoming poppies, and bamboo, all of the summer season.
Wheat, Poppies, and Bamboo
Wheat, Poppies, and Bamboo
Wheat, Poppies, and Bamboo is a six-fold silk screen. Boldly patterned with bright mineral colors on a gold ground, it depicts young wheat, blossoming poppies, and bamboo, all of the summer season.

Wheat, Poppies, and Bamboo

Kano Shigenobu
Japanese (active c. 1620–1630)
Edo period (1615–1868)
early 17th century
Six-fold screen; ink, colors, and gofun on gold leaf paper
59 13/16 x 140 9/16 in. (152 x 357 cm)
AP 1969.10
This brilliant screen depicts young wheat, blossoming poppies, and bamboo, all of the summer season. Boldly patterned with bright mineral colors on a gold ground, it exemplifies the exuberant decorative style of the Kano school.
Portrait of Dr. Francisco de Pisa
Portrait of Dr. Francisco de Pisa

Portrait of Dr. Francisco de Pisa

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Greek (active in Italy and Spain) (1541–1614)
16th century
c. 1610–14
Oil on canvas
42 1/8 x 35 7/16 in. (107 x 90 cm) Framed: 58 7/8 x 52 x 3 1/4 in. (149.5 x 132.1 x 8.3 cm)
AP 1977.05
The painter known as El Greco (“the Greek”) was born Domenikos Theotokopoulos in Crete, then a territory of the Venetian Republic, where he trained as an icon painter. Talented and ambitious, he left Crete around 1568 for Venice, and later Rome.
The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Maidens is Peter Paul Reuben's oil sketch of he legend of Saint Ursula's martyrdom.
The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Maidens
The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Maidens
The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Maidens is Peter Paul Reuben's oil sketch of he legend of Saint Ursula's martyrdom.

The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Maidens

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish (1577–1640)
17th century
c. 1615–20
Oil on panel
25 3/8 x 19 1/2 in. (64.5 x 49.5 cm) Framed: 36 1/2 x 31 x 4 in. (92.7 x 78.7 x 10.2 cm)
AP 1986.01
Peter Paul Rubens confessed that “my talent is such that no undertaking in size, or how varied in subject, has ever exceeded my confidence and courage.” His monumental works exalting the Church and royal families of Europe are among the grandest accomplishments of the seventeenth century.
Christ and the Woman of Samaria depicts an episode from the Gospel of John in which Jesus at Jacob's well asks a Samarian for water. Guercino's lifelike figures are intensified by a rich palette, emotional composition,  and strong effect of light.
Christ and the Woman of Samaria
Christ and the Woman of Samaria
Christ and the Woman of Samaria depicts an episode from the Gospel of John in which Jesus at Jacob's well asks a Samarian for water. Guercino's lifelike figures are intensified by a rich palette, emotional composition,  and strong effect of light.

Christ and the Woman of Samaria

Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Italian (1591–1666)
17th century
c. 1619-20
Oil on canvas
38 1/4 x 49 1/8 in. (97.2 x 124.8 cm) Framed: 52 3/16 x 62 5/8 in. (132.5 x 159 cm)
AP 2010.01
Guercino was one of the foremost painters of the seventeenth century.

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