Suzanne Stryk on Maria Sibylla Merian

Suzanne Stryk on Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian, Pineapple with with insects, Hand colored engraving, 1719 In the late 1980s, my curator-friend Carolyn returned from DC bearing a small gift from the National Museum of Women in the Arts: a two-by-three-inch fridge magnet with an incredibly...
Marc Handelman on Martin Johnson Heade

Marc Handelman on Martin Johnson Heade

I. Beginning in the 1870’s, following a trip through Panama and Columbia and ending in Jamaica, the Luminist painter Martin Johnson Heade produced twenty-one canvases depicting Cattleya labiata orchids and tropical humming birds. These paintings feature the same fixed...
Sarah Slappey on James Ensor

Sarah Slappey on James Ensor

James Ensor, The Tribulations of Saint Anthony, 1887, Oil on canvas, 46 ⅜ x 66 inches James Ensor, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Hieronymous Bosch have all painted depictions of the torment of Saint Anthony by demons and monsters. In Ensor’s Tribulations of Saint...
Sophia Narrett on Edgar Degas

Sophia Narrett on Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas, Scene of War in the Middle Ages, 1865, Oil and petrol on paper glued on canvas, 33.5 x 58 cm When I first saw Degas’s Portrait of Mlle Fiocre in the Ballet “La Source” I felt like I was experiencing the actual ballet as an audience member...