Author Archives: Catherine Sawinski

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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From the Collection–German Renaissance Mirror

Late last year, the Milwaukee Art Museum acquired a truly one-of-a-kind object: a Renaissance mirror that is on display in Gallery #2. Created around 1600 in the metalworking center of Augsburg, Germany, it demonstrates the technical skill and fantastic design … Continue reading

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