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We’ve tidied up the Grand Salon and Exoticism Room

In the Salon gallery at the Walters Art Museum, we’ve restored the original theme of each wall (academic art from France, academic art by non-French artists, and military themes). This was done by retrieving paintings from storage. Other new additions can be seen to either side of the magnificent carved sideboard: two still lifes by Simon Saint-Jean, a leading flower- and still-life-painter of the 1830s and 40s.

An exciting new addition to the Walters Art Museum’s nineteenth-century painting collection: Lion Drinking by Henry Ossawa Tanner

The Walters Art Museum recently purchased at auction a painting by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), an African American artist whose reputation has been reassessed with the major exhibition currently touring the United States: Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit, organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The Walters already owns one work by Tanner: a bust of his Continue Reading →

TEDTalk: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes

How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others. William Noel Continue Reading →