With pumpkins on every doorstep and leaves turning on the trees we look to set the mood for All Hallow's Eve. Amidst our recent acquisitions you will find our Halloween Horrors book display lurking. This frightful selection features a formidable cast of devils, monsters, grotesques, ghosts and witches, all ready to jump from the pages. Compiled by Cataloging Assistant Stacie Murry, these books include artwork spanning ages from medieval to modern and genres from illuminated manuscripts to painting and sculpture. We invite you to enjoy some devilish good fun with our Halloween Horrors.
Recently the Cleveland Museum of Art named David Franklin the new director, ending a year long search with the announcement. Many people have asked what this means and who he is. The new director of this museum has an impressive bibliography to consult. For many curators, who they are is what they write about and study. Here then is Dr. David Franklin, in his words.
Mark Cole, our Associate Curator for American Painting & Sculpture, has a new article in the Summer issue of American Art. Asked to contribute to the Smithsonian’s quarterly issue devoted to American collections, he is joined by six other contributors writing about their American installations.
The portrait miniature is a form that developed from manuscript illumination in the 16th century in Europe and continued for over four hundred years. Its practitioners worked predominantly in watercolor and gouache on vellum and ivory, but also in enamel. The Cleveland Museum of Art has an extensive collection of portrait miniatures a selection of which are on display in the gallery of British art in the 1916 building. The following is a bibliography of important texts on English and Continental portrait miniatures.
Identifying artist signatures and monograms is a challenging task. Within the loops and flourishes, scribbles and scratches, there is hidden a name. Often, the most difficult part is simply determining which letter is which. Thanks to an ever expanding number of texts in the Ingalls Library collection, this research is a bit easier.