Archive for the ‘Closer Look’ Category

John the Baptist: Polychromed Sculpture

Not everyone who can hew a block of wood is able to carve an image; nor is everyone who can carve it able to outline and polish it; nor is he that can polish it able to paint it. (St. John of the Cross). This 18th century figure highlights one unknown sculptor’s mastery of all three skills.

Gaspar de Crayer: St. Augustine & St. Ambrose

In these two portraits, Flemish artist Gasper de Crayer highlights Augustine, one of western civilization’s most noted philosophers, and Ambrose, the bishop who would bring this great scholar  to Christ.

Edwin Long: Vashti Refuses the King’s Summons

Edwin Long is one of several 19th-century English painters who traveled to the middle east. In this work we see colors, textures, and designs derived from these memorable journeys.

 

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Inspiration

In this segment, Bob Jones, Jr. shares the story behind what almost happened to this beautiful Tiffany mosaic.

Govaert Flinck: Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

John Nolan served as curator at the Museum & Gallery for twenty years. In this month’s segment, he shares his thoughts on one of his favorite works from the collection.

 

Simon Vouet: Salome with the Head of John the Baptist

Simon Vouet’s painting provides a compelling illustration of the 17th century’s fascination with the dramatic martyrdom of John the Baptist.

Francesco Granacci: Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Francesco Granacci’s Rest on the Flight into Egypt is an excellent example of the High Renaissance style.

Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, called Sandro Botticelli (and studio): Madonna and Child with an Angel

Botticelli’s Madonna and Child with an Angel is one of the most stunning illustrations of the Tondo design.

 

Jusepe de Ribera: Ecce Homo

This evocative portrait of Christ by Jusepe de Ribera was one of Bob Jones Jr.’s “very special favorites.”

Gustave Doré: Christ Leaving the Praetorium

Gustave Doré (who published his first drawings at age 15) went on to become the most sought-after illustrator of the mid-19th century.