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Bust of a Young Jew
Bust of a Young Jew

Bust of a Young Jew

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch (1606–1669)
17th century
1663
Oil on canvas
25 7/8 x 22 5/8 in. (65.8 x 57.5 cm)
AP 1977.04
Rembrandt van Rijn is recognized as the greatest Dutch painter of the seventeenth century, famed for his versatility in all genres: portraits, landscapes, and history painting, including secular, religious, and mythological subjects.
Shoki Ensnaring a Demon in a Spider Web
Shoki Ensnaring a Demon in a Spider Web

Shoki Ensnaring a Demon in a Spider Web

Soga Shohaku
Japanese (1730–1781)
Edo period (1615–1868)
18th century
Two-fold screen; ink on paper
62 1/2 x 68 1/16 in. (158.7 x 172.8 cm)
AP 1987.07
Soga Shohaku was one of the Three Eccentrics of the Edo period (1615–1868). Accounts of Shohaku’s life are full of anecdotes about his bizarre behavior, and stories about him took on a legendary character.
Spring and Autumn Flowers, Fruits, and Grasses
Spring and Autumn Flowers, Fruits, and Grasses

Spring and Autumn Flowers, Fruits, and Grasses

Japan
Edo period (1615–1868)
18th century
Pair of six-fold screens; mineral pigments on gold leaf
a: 61 3/8 x 142 5/8 in. (155.9 x 362.3 cm) b: 61 3/8 x 142 7/8 in. (155.9 x 362.9 cm)
AP 1983.02 a,b
The Rinpa school represents the fullest expression of the highly decorative approach to nature painting in Japan. This pair of six-fold screens depicts seasonal plants and flowers rendered in typically bright colors on a brilliant gold background.
Heureux age! Age d'or (Happy Age! Golden Age)
Heureux age! Age d'or (Happy Age! Golden Age)

Heureux age! Age d'or (Happy Age! Golden Age)

Jean-Antoine Watteau
French (1684–1721)
18th century
c. 1716–20
Oil on panel
8 x 9 5/16 in. (20.3 x 23.6 cm) Framed: 14 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (37.5 x 41.9 x 7 cm)
AP 1981.05
As a young man, Watteau came to Paris from Valenciennes, a Flemish town that had recently come under French rule.
The Molo, Venice
The Molo, Venice

The Molo, Venice

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canale)
Italian (1697–1768)
18th century
c. 1735
Oil on canvas
24 1/2 x 39 7/8 in. (62.3 x 101.3 cm) Framed: 33 3/4 x 49 1/8 x 2 3/4 in. (85.7 x 124.8 x 7 cm)
AP 1969.22
Trained by his father as a painter of theatrical scenery, Canaletto gained international renown painting scenes of his native Venice. These vivid and compelling cityscapes were much sought after by British aristocrats who traveled to Italy on the Grand Tour.
Apollo and the Continents
Apollo and the Continents

Apollo and the Continents

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Italian (1696–1770)
18th century
c. 1739
Oil on canvas
39 x 25 in. (99.1 x 63.5 cm) Framed: 49 1/4 x 31 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (125.1 x 80 x 8.3 cm)
AP 1985.04
This exquisitely prepared oil sketch served as Tiepolo’s model for a frescoed vault in the Palazzo Clerici in Milan, commissioned by Marquess Antonio Giorgio Clerici.
Portrait of a Woman, Possibly of the Lloyd Family
Portrait of a Woman, Possibly of the Lloyd Family

Portrait of a Woman, Possibly of the Lloyd Family

Thomas Gainsborough
British (English) (1727–1788)
18th century
c. 1750
Oil on canvas
27 3/8 x 20 7/8 in. (69.6 x 53 cm) Framed: 34 1/4 x 27 3/4 x 3 in. (87 x 70.5 x 7.6 cm)
ACF 1946.04
Along with his contemporary Joshua Reynolds, Gainsborough was one of the leading figures in the glamorous “golden age” of British portraiture.
The Coronation of the Virgin
The Coronation of the Virgin

The Coronation of the Virgin

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Italian (1696–1770)
18th century
1754
Oil on canvas
40 3/8 x 30 7/16 in. (102.6 x 77.3 cm) Framed: 50 x 42 x 5 in. (127 x 106.7 x 12.7 cm)
AP 1984.10
Tiepolo’s reputation as the leading painter of his day won him major commissions for frescoes from monarchs and princes of the Church in Italy.
Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Elizabeth Warren
Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Elizabeth Warren

Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Elizabeth Warren

Joshua Reynolds
British (English) (1723–1792)
18th century
1759
Oil on canvas
93 3/4 x 58 3/16 in. (238.1 x 147.8 cm) Framed: 105 1/2 x 69 3/4 x 5 1/4 in. (268 x 177.2 x 13.3 cm)
ACF 1961.02
Having established a portrait practice in London, in 1749 Joshua Reynolds embarked on a journey to Italy, where during a two-year stay in Rome he studied the artistic canon of the antique, Michelangelo, Raphael, and the great Venetian masters.
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.
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.
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.

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