Try Out The New Mobile Guide

Visit the Walters Art Museum and try out the new Mobile Guide to discover the stories behind the collection.

Did you know that William T. Walters bought most of his art with money he made from a whiskey business? Or that William’s wife, Sadie, became the toast of high society by introducing the waffle iron? Visit the Walters Art Museum and try out the new Mobile Guide to discover the stories behind the collection. Through photographs, letters and historic material from the museum’s archives, get to know members of the Walters family—father William, wife Ellen, son Henry and their daughter Jennie. Read stories created around the themes of family, food, travel and collecting, while looking at important works of art in the galleries. The stories are modern-day reinterpretations, based on the lives of the Walters family, drawn from the museum’s archival records. Over time, the Mobile Guide will grow as new objects and stories are added.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. Bring your own device and use the Wi-Fi to go to mobile.thewalters.orgMobile_In_Hand_Photo
  2. Look for red labels near select works of art in the galleries. 00_Flashing_Sign-Labels-Square
  3. Enter the keywords you find to discover stories about the Walters family. 01-Enter_Keyword
  4. Collect all the keywords and discover more about the collection! 02-Explore_Story-400x464

    The Mobile Guide is generously supported by PNC Bank.

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Yemeni Heritage: Museums United for Yemen

Rich in natural resources and famed for its artistic traditions, Yemen is now a center of international concern. Since conflicts erupted in March 2015, nearly 3,000 civilians have died, and Yemen’s cultural heritage has been irreparably damaged. Under the sponsorship of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), museums around the world are highlighting Yemeni heritage.

Historians of the Greek and Roman world named ancient South Arabia, centered in present-day Yemen, Arabia Felix (“Happy Arabia”). They praised South Arabia’s fertile lands, which yielded grains, vegetables, fruits, and other commodities that were exported throughout the eastern Mediterranean. Between 1000 BC and the 6th century AD, South Arabian kingdoms prospered through a sophisticated economy based on long-distance trade. One such kingdom was Saba, the land of the Queen of Sheba, who, according to biblical traditions, traveled to Jerusalem to present King Solomon (10th century BC) with gold, precious stones, incense and other goods carried on Arabian camels.

Rich in natural resources and famed for its artistic traditions, Yemen is now a center of international concern. Since conflicts erupted in March 2015, nearly 3,000 civilians have died, and Yemen’s cultural heritage has been irreparably damaged. Under the sponsorship of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), museums around the world are highlighting Yemeni heritage for Yemeni Heritage Week (April 24-30, 2016). Follow #Unite4Heritage on social media to see what partner museums are doing to raise international awareness on the great richness of Yemen’s culture and history.

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ArtBytes 3 Recap

Thanks for another successful weekend of hacking the museum experience! This year, we asked participants to consider the audiences that their projects will target. Teams worked hard over the weekend and eight groups presented to qualify for a prize.

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Thanks for another successful weekend of hacking the museum experience! This year, we asked participants to consider the audiences that their projects will target. Teams worked hard over the weekend and eight groups presented to qualify for a prize. Below are the winners of the ‪‎ArtBytes‬ 3 museum hackathon:

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Walters Enthusiasts Super Thursday Scavenger Hunt

During this week’s Super Thursday Party, the Walters Enthusiasts is sponsoring a Scavenger Hunt Contest for a chance to win two tickets to see the musical Chicago at the Hippodrome or a $50 gift card to Cardinal Tavern.

Visit the Walters Enthusiasts Facebook page during the Super Thursday Party to find the scavenger hunt clues. Clues will be posted 5:30 p.m., February 12, 2015. Follow the prompts to find the correct works of art, take a photo, and have your photos vetted at the Walters Enthusiast table in the second floor lobby of the Walters Art Museum. The contest ends at 7:45 p.m. and two randomly picked winners will be announced at 8 p.m.

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Declare Your Love for your Favorite Art with #HeartsForArt

What’s your favorite artwork at the Walters? Are you a fan of Faberge? Or maybe mummies make your day! Join us this Super Thursday Party and Valentine’s Day and vote with your heart.

heartsforartallthreeWhat’s your favorite artwork at the Walters? Are you a fan of Faberge? Or maybe mummies make your day! Join us this Super Thursday Party and Valentine’s Day and vote with your heart. Pick up one of our paper hearts on your way into the museum, and pick your favorites. Drop a heart in front of Judith and Holofernes or maybe Isis is more your jam. Share a selfie with your art valentine and tag your photos #‎HeartsForArt‬.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep tabs on votes and favorites.

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Winners of the Walters Art Museum Selfie Contest

Thank you for everyone that participated in our first Museum Selfie Contest! The likes have been tallied and we have our three winners! Drum roll please…

Thank you for everyone that participated in our first Museum Selfie Contest! We’ve enjoyed seeing everyone interact with the museum in fun, new ways. The likes have been tallied and we have our three winners! Drum roll please…

FIRST PRIZE WINNER


@p00kumz has won:

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Walters Museum Selfie Contest

Get those smart phones ready and pose with your favorite artwork at the Walters. We are giving away fun prizes to the best “museum selfies” taken at the Walters!

WINNERS HAVE BEEN PICKED! CONGRATS TO OUR TOP 3!

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Walters staff demonstrate their #museumselfie talents.

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600 American Artwork Images Available for Download

Alfred Jacob Miller / Mrs. Keller as the Goddess of Liberty / 1855-1859 / Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf, II, 1968
Alfred Jacob Miller / Mrs. Keller as the Goddess of Liberty / 1855-1859 / Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf, II, 1968

Thanks to a $111,615 grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Walters Art Museum has successfully catalogued and digitized more than 600 American paintings, drawings and portrait miniatures for the museum’s online collection. Rarely seen works from John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and John La Farge, among others, are now available for download and public use at art.thewalters.org.

In conjunction with this project, our spring focus exhibition, American Artists Abroad, April 19–June 22, will highlight works from our rich collection of American art. “Rather than simply reacting to what they saw, American artists often successfully reinvented themselves through their time abroad without losing sight of their connection to home,” said Jo Briggs, assistant curator, 18th and 19th century art. “This exhibition showcases beautiful works collected over more than a century, and now, consistent with the Walters’ continuing mission of access and outreach, they are available online for everyone to enjoy.”

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We’re on the Move

Watch for new juxtapositions, fresh interpretation, and new ways of engaging with the Walters collections. This summer, beginning June 23, the galleries housing 19th-century art on the fourth floor of the Centre Street building will be closed for renovation.

We’re on the move. Watch for new juxtapositions, fresh interpretation, and new ways of engaging with the Walters collections.

This summer, beginning June 23, the galleries housing 19th-century art on the fourth floor of the Centre Street building will be closed for reinstallation. The fourth floor will reopen October 26 with a new installation focused on the life and legacy of the museum’s founders, William T. (1819–1894) and Henry (1848–1931) Walters. Special member hours will be Thursday, October 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 25, from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Catalogue Giveaway

Each week, from March 26, 2014 until April 29, 2014, we will give away a copy of Japanese Ceramics for the Twenty-first Century, the accompanying catalogue for our special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics. All you have to do is to participate in the week’s fun and easy social media challenge, follow us (if you haven’t yet) and tag it with #FreeArtBook to qualify!

FreeArtBookGiveaway

Each week, from March 26, 2014 until April 29, 2014, we will give away a copy of Japanese Ceramics for the Twenty-first Century, the accompanying catalogue for our special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese CeramicsAll you have to do is to participate in the week’s fun and easy social media challenge, follow us (if you haven’t yet) and tag it with #FreeArtBook to qualify!

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Further Revelations on the Walters and its connection to the Monuments Men

Recently, our conservation department has discovered another important connection to the Monuments Men:

This past Sunday, February 9, our auditorium was packed to the rafters for our lecture Monuments Man: The Walters’ Marvin Chauncey Ross. Michael Kurtz, National Archives expert, recounted how the “Monuments Men” tracked and located nearly five million European artworks and cultural treasures stolen by Hitler and the Nazis during WWII. Among them was Marvin Chauncey Ross (1904–1977), the Walters’ first Curator of Medieval Art and Subsequent Decorative Arts. Melissa Wertheimer, Walters’ archives assistant, also shared her fascinating discoveries while researching the Marvin Ross papers at the Walters.

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ArtBytes 2014: Team ‘Scantasia’ 3D Scans Sculptures

Over the weekend of Jan 24-26, 2014, the Walters Art Museum held its 2nd annual ArtBytes “hackathon” for the creation of awesome techie projects around art.  This post showcases the efforts of Team Scantasia, which performed 3D scanning demonstrations of various museum sculptures for potential applications for conservation, restoration, and amazing online 3D public display and interaction.

The following links allow the viewer to interact with the 3D digital data captured during this weekend by various 3D scanners supplied by the team at Direct Dimensions.  These models are hosted on Sketchfab, a new interactive 3D viewing website for hosting this type of 3D data for these sharing purposes.

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Have You Seen These Lost Works? The Search for Three Missing Woodvilles

Even though curator, Joy P. Heyrman, did extensive research to make sure every Richard Caton Woodville painting on record was on display for New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, three remain “lost” and unaccounted for. Heyrman explains the last known whereabouts of these lost paintings:

Have you seen these lost works by Woodville?

Even though curator, Joy P. Heyrman, did extensive research to make sure every Richard Caton Woodville painting on record was on display for New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, three remain “lost” and unaccounted for. Heyrman explains the last known whereabouts of these lost paintings:

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