Category Archives: Curatorial

From the Collection–Theseus by Jacques Lipchitz

Many of the artists featured in the special exhibition Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels, Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery are also represented in the collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum. This is the first in a series of … Continue reading

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Questions of Provenance—Nazi-era Germany

This post is the second to introduce a series that that will highlight some of the interesting provenance cases in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection.  To fully understand how important provenance research is for museums, we will need to look … Continue reading

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Questions of Provenance–An Introduction

One of the important areas of museum research is that of provenance, or the history of ownership. Why is it important to know who owned an artwork? Well, for a number of reasons.

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From the Collection–Christopher Dresser, Pitcher and Claret Jug

In 1898, the artists periodical The Studio called Christopher Dresser “perhaps the greatest of commercial designers imposing his fantasy and invention upon the ordinary output of British industry.” This seems an appropriate description for an Englishman who was interested in art but first … Continue reading

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From the Collection–Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Two-Handled Urn

Last week, we looked an amazing example of large-scale Meissen porcelain sculpture.  This time, we’ll look at another beautiful work of Meissen, this two-handled urn. This sizable object has a great presence (it’s about a foot tall).  What immediately draws … Continue reading

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