Reinstalling the Nineteenth-Century Paintings Collection

This spring the Walters will welcome back forty of its best-known paintings. J.A.D. Ingres’ Oedipus and the Sphinx, Claude Monet’s Springtime and many more will return to the galleries from a triumphant year-long tour in the traveling exhibition Masterpieces of Nineteenth-Century Painting from the Walters Art Museum. The exhibition opened at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (January 30–May 30, 2010) and followed with a record-breaking run at the University of Texas’s Blanton Museum of Art (October 2, 2010–January 2, 2011). Early summer will also see the return of an important group of works from the acclaimed exhibition The Spectacular Art of Jean-L

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Egyptian Museums and Cultural Sites are Threatened

Egyptian Museums and cultural sites have been the target of thefts and looters during the unrest in Egypt during the last week. Works of art have been stolen and some were damaged and destroyed. However, after the Egyptians realized that their heritage came into danger many Egyptian colleagues engaged in the cultural sector and countless volunteers tried to protect it in private and official initiatives. Many rumors are circulating, and we have to wait until the situation has calmed down to review what is fact. One of the most impressive example was the chain of people on the Tahrir place in Cairo, who tried to protect the Egyptian Museum from further thefts.

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The Walters Art Museum has received a grant for $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

We are proud to announce that the Walters Art Museum has received a grant for $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for fiscal year 2011. This grant is to help support the costs of presenting and interpreting the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, on view at the Walters February 13–May 15, 2011.

This ground-breaking exhibition is organized by the Walters in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the British Museum. Treasures of Heaven will celebrate the artistic innovations of medieval artists as they challenged the confines of the material world in order to represent the divine. Medieval Christians venerated saints; their bodily remains were often displayed in special containers, known as reliquaries. Covered in gold and silver and embellished with gems and semiprecious stones, reliquaries proclaimed the special status of their sacred contents to worshipers and pilgrims. For this reason, reliquaries emerged as important objects of artistic innovation, as expressions of civic and religious identity, and as focal points of ritual action. This exhibition of 133 works will explore the emergence and transformation of several key types of reliquaries, moving from an age in which saintly remains were enshrined within closed containers to an era in which relics were increasingly presented directly to worshipers, from Late Antiquity until the Reformation and beyond.

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Theodore Lewis Low: Visionary Director of Education at The Walters, 1946- 1980

The purpose and the only purpose of museums is education in all its varied aspects from the most scholarly research to the simple arousing of curiosity…and it must always be intimately connected with the life of the people.

Ted Low, The Museum as a Social Instrument, 1942

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