Win a Prize? Guess how much…

These are 3000-lb, lion-headed godesses, 14th century BC,  from Thebes

WALTERS ANCIENT EGYPT GALLERY

The prize is a one-year membership in THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM, with all the substantial rights and benefits that accrue thereto.  Like free entry to museums all over the country, and discounts at local restaurants.  Plus, best of all, free admission to ticketed shows at the WAM, and to all its great programs. And, of course, our members help keep the Walters’ permanent collections free for the public!

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Object of the Week: A BIG Painting Re-Discovered

Installing a huge altarpiece by the Italian Renaissance artist Michele Coltellini

In 1912 Henry Walters bought a huge altarpiece by the Italian Renaissance artist Michele Coltellini signed and dated 1506 (http://art.thewalters.org/viewwoa.aspx?id=1627).  But because it was so grimy, so difficult to see and admire, it remained on a rack in deep storage for decades. 

For two full years, between 2003 and 2005, Coltellini’s dirty altarpiece was the sole project of a single Walters conservator named Gillian Cook.

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Friday from the Vault: The Nuremberg Torture Instruments

Henry Walters occasionally bought some very odd things. Probably the strangest of all was the collection of  “Nuremberg Castle Torture Instruments” – 625 items in all, including gallows hooks, iron masks, executioners’ swords, manacles, thumb-holders, whips, and pillories. The Nuremberg Torture Instruments

The most spectacular object in the collection was the “Celebrated Original Iron Maiden,” a (quote) “terror-inspiring” two-part wooden contraption fitted with iron spikes, which, when closed, would impale the occupant.

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Friday from the Walters Vault: The Fake that Wasn't

Henry Walters
Henry Walters

In 1903 collector Henry Walters purchased the Vierge Ouvrante or Opening Madonna—an ivory statuette whose front half is hinged and can open(http://art.thewalters.org/viewwoa.aspx?id=36652).

Closed, the seated Madonna with Christ on her lap is visible, and when opened scenes from the Passion of Christ are displayed.

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