Firecracker: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re kicking off July with a closer look at Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (1875) by James McNeill Whistler. Cast against a deep, blue-black sky, Whistler’s painting captures a fleeting moment on a festive, firework-filled night. Like the firecrackers he painted, Whistler lit up the art world with his brilliant artwork and acerbic wit. Let’s zoom in and take a quick tour.

The Spill: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re winding down the merry month of May with Eduard von Grützner’s (1892), The Catastrophe. This slapstick portrayal of two, possibly tipsy monks shows off Grützner’s eye for detail and skill with a paintbrush. Let’s zoom in and take a closer look…

Two Sisters: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re continuing our celebration of spring with Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s flowery portrait, Two Sisters (On the Terrace; 1881). From vibrant reds to brilliant blues, this lovely painting is awash in color. Let’s zoom in and take a closer look at the details.

Daughter of Armenia: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re taking a closer look at, Nouvart Dzeron, A Daughter of Armenia (1912) by Ralph Elmer Clarkson. On display at the Art Institute of Chicago, this gorgeous painting features art student, Nouvart Dzeron, striking a proud pose in her traditional Armenian clothing.

Tree Hugger: Quick Bite

Earth Day is just around the corner and we’re celebrating on Museum Quick Bites with a deep dive into Landscape with Mountains and River (1874-1882) by fellow Cheesehead and tree hugger, Henry Vianden.

Penelope: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re taking a closer look at Penelope (1903) by Franklin Simmons. Carved from marble, Simmons’ sculpture is a lovely portrayal of this ancient Greek shero.

April Showers: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re kicking off the month of April with a stroll along Gustave Caillebotte’s, Paris Street; Rainy Day (Rue de Paris, Temps de Pluie; 1877). This snapshot of late 19th century Paris, captures a busy intersection in the newly modernized City of Light. Considered radical at the time for its seemingly asymmetrical arrangement and cropped figures, Caillebotte’s painting is filled with delightful details.

Silver Streak: Quick Bite

Happy Friday! Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re celebrating Women’s History Month with artist Elizabeth E. Copeland and her dazzling Ciborium (c1915). Handcrafted from silver this gorgeous goblet was made to hold Eucharistic bread used in the Christian church.

Sugar & Spice: Reboot

Happy Friday! Today on Museum Bites we’re shaking things up and taking a look at antique sugar and spice containers. From salt cellars to muffineers this delightful collection will tantalize your senses. Join me as we shake, sift, sniff, and savor our way through the Mughal Empire to the American Colonies. We begin in India…

On the Carpet: Quick Bite

Happy Friday! Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re stepping into Jean-Leon Gérôme’s, The Carpet Merchant (c1887) on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Rich in detail with vibrant colors, this gorgeous painting transports us to the Court of the Rug Market in Cairo.

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