Author Archives: Catherine Sawinski

From the Collection: An Illuminated Manuscript

Before the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, books were handwritten. Imagine… every time a copy of a text needed to be made, someone had to do it painstakingly by hand. In our world of quick reproductions … Continue reading

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From the Collection–An Update on Meissen

It’s always exciting when new research comes to light! Just last month, while preparing for a lecture on Meissen in the Milwaukee Art museum collection, I discovered new information related to an object from an earlier post, the Meissen urn … Continue reading

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From the Collection–St. Nicholas Day by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

Today, in celebration of the holiday season, we’re going to discuss one of my favorite paintings in the collection. In St. Nicholas Day, painter Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1793–1865) shows an Austrian family celebrating the feast of St. Nicholas on December … Continue reading

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From the Collection—The Countess of Exeter by Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen

It’s always so exciting to get a painting out of storage! I’m happy to report that a lovely seventeenth century portrait is newly on view in the Renaissance galleries (Main Level S103). It has been carefully cleaned and looks marvelous.

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From the Collection–The Temple of Flora

The current exhibition in the European works on paper rotation space (on view until December 3) is The Temple of Flora. The show features fifteen large-scale color prints from the illustrated book The Temple of Flora. They reflect the true … Continue reading

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