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From the Collection–Maria-Theresia van Thielen, Still Life with Parrot

This still life is probably one of the only signed paintings by Flemish flower painter Maria-Theresia van Thielen. It is truly a jewel of the collection! Maria-Theresia van Thielen was one of three daughters of flower painter Jan Philips van … Continue reading

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German Tankards and Steins: Part 8–Character Steins

Ready for some more laughs? In this post, we’ll be looking at more German steins meant to be amusing. The industrial revolution of the nineteenth century meant that more goods could be produced quickly and more people could afford those … Continue reading

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German Tankards and Steins: Part 7–Humorous Mettlach

Drinking games have long been a source of entertainment.  One only has to look at the proliferation of puzzle jugs dating back to the sixteenth century to see this.

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German Tankards and Steins: Part 6–Mettlach and the Germany Identity

Last time, we looked at the historical context for artwork in late nineteenth century Germany. In 1871, Germany officially became a unified country. This time, we’ll look at the cultural ramifications of the unification and how it impacted art. Although German-speaking … Continue reading

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German Tankards and Steins: Part 5–Introduction to Late 19th Century Germany

Over the past year, we’ve taken a look at some of the German drinking vessels in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s collection.  The subjects have ranged from luxurious silver tankards to early stoneware vessels, and from high-quality Meissen porcelain to the … Continue reading

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