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Intimate Impressions: The Art of Mary Cassatt

December 5th, 2016

Art…circumscribed her life and engrossed it, and to separate her life from her art would be impossible. Therefore, they must be considered together as the story of an American woman whose high ambitions overcame her limitations of precedent and sex and the era into which she was born, to drive her on to a place […]

Wedgwood: A Story of Splendor

October 6th, 2016

Before Wedgwood, ceramics manufacture was still considered a peasant craft: methods of production were still primitive and potters were not looked at with high regard. In all, pottery before Wedgwood was merely a modest trade. Faced with the dilemma of crafting fine ceramics in the changing tastes of the time, Wedgwood changed the game of ceramics manufacturing. He became a pioneer in his field. His eye for fine craft prompted him into uncharted territories of pottery design and innovations. Holding a thorough understanding of the chemistry of pottery, Wedgwood was able to craft what had never before been imagined.

A King Among Stones: The Ruby

July 19th, 2016

Without a doubt, the ruby is one of the most fascinating and memorable stones in the gemstone market. The rich crimson red of this coveted gemstone is said to stir passions and enhance emotions. Due to their blood-red beauty, people of ancient times believed rubies held the power over life and death. Other cultures deem the stones symbols of wisdom and beauty. With a history that dates to 200BC and the ruby trade on the North Silk road, today it is regarded as the most culturally important colored gemstone, and it remains one of the most sought-after gems. With its fine hardness, durability, and luster, the ruby exudes rarity, importance and paramount quality.

Exploring Modern Art: Vilhelm Lundstrøm and the Cubist Style

May 17th, 2016

When one thinks of Cubism, images of Montmartre intellectuals and Picasso’s ground-breaking Les Demoiselles d’Avignon immediately spring to mind. One of the most influential movements in art history, hints of the Cubist aesthetic continue to resonate in the art world. One man who helped advance and disseminate this revolutionary vision was the talented Vilhelm Lundstrøm. A celebrated modernist painter, Lundstrøm is credited for bringing French Cubism to Denmark, establishing a rich modern tradition in the Danish art scene that exists still today.

Wonders of the Scientific System Cane

March 2nd, 2016

Viewed today as stylish accessories and tools for the infirm, the walking stick has had a fascinating history. What began as a necessary tool for animal herders and intrepid travelers, the walking stick evolved into a symbol of power and prestige. Rulers throughout the ages, including the luxurious collections of the Ancient Egyptian pharaohs, have wielded staffs and canes. Into the Middle Ages, the church began to use walking sticks to symbolize rank among its clergy. For centuries, wielding a walking stick was associated with power.

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