Author Archives: Catherine Sawinski

From the Collection–Chestnut Bowl and Stand

What do you know about chestnuts?  You might think of the opening lines of The Christmas Song (“chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”).  The song is a sure sign that Christmas is coming, but how many of us have actually … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault–A Selection from Mr. Layton’s Gallery

Last month we explored the history of the salon-hang style used in Gallery 10, which has been reopened as Mr. Layton’s Gallery.  A glance around tells a lot about what kind of art was popular in the late 19th century … Continue reading

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Mr. Layton’s Gallery–The Salon-Style Hang

If you’ve been in the European galleries in the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed a dramatic transformation in Gallery 10! The gallery has been reinstalled as part of the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the … Continue reading

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From the Collection–Ancient Roman Head of a Noble Woman

Part of what drew me to studying Roman portraiture in college was my fascination with fashion.  When growing up, if I wasn’t pouring over floorplans of Victorian houses, I was pouring over Victorian photographs and fashion plates. So of course, … Continue reading

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From the Collection–Margaret, Lady Tufton by Anthony Van Dyck and Studio

Recently brought out of the vault for display in Gallery #5 is a portrait of Margaret, Lady Tufton (1636-1687).  A beauty of the English court, she was the granddaughter of Edward, 1st Baron Wotton, a diplomat and court official for … Continue reading

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