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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