The Vizier of Egypt Comes to Meet Zulaykha On this folio from Walters manuscript W.645, the vizier of Egypt comes to meet Zulaykha.
Crosier Head with the Dormition of the Virgin The crosier head is circular and contains a double-sided carving of the Dormition of the Virgin. Six Apostles attend the bier, and the figure of Christ holds the Virgin’s soul. The circular surround is roughly carved with leaves. It is surmounted by a figure of God the Father and prophets holding scrolls within vine surrounds. Three of the applied prophet figures are missing. At the base is a monster representing the mouth of Hell.
Crosiers of circular form are rare.
The crosier was buried and has warped into a curve. Many small chips and flakings occur over the surface. The base is fitted with a wooden insert threaded for the crosier shaft.
Madonna and Child and St. John the Baptist In the 1500s, a more casual grouping of Mary and the Christ Child and his cousin John the Baptist was a popular variant on the traditional depiction of the Madonna and Child, emphasizing the hamnity of Christ.
The artist of this painting is either Giacomo Francia (1486-1557) or his brother, Giulio Francia (1487-1540). They were sons of the more well-known Francesco Raibolini, called Francia (1450-1517). The composition is based on that of a famous tondo (round painting) attributed to Piero di Cosimo (1462-1521), a famous Florentine painter, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Strasbourg. In the prototype, the central group is seen in reverse. Also, the composition and setting are more elaborately conceived; the landscape is different and the Madonna looks away. Sts. Jerome and Bernard, who appear in the distant background of Cosimo’s tondo, are absent from the Walters painting.
For more information on the present painting, see Federico Zeri’s 1976 catalogue no. 133, pp. 200-201.
Czarina Catherine II and Count Alexander Lanskoi
Portrait of George A. Lucas Though he frequently posed as a southern gentleman from Baltimore, Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, and, together with George A. Lucas (1824-1909), attended the West Point Military Academy. He later trained in Paris in the studio of Charles Gleyre, where he befriended the realists Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet, as well as the future impressionists Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Henri Fantin-Latour. In 1859, Whistler moved to London, abandoned Realism, and developed his own tonalist style of painting that used muted colors and reflected the influences of Japanese art and of the art of Diego Velázquez (1599-1660).
In this portrait Whistler depicts Lucas, the Paris based art collector and agent who played a significant role in shaping the collection of William T. and Henry Walters. The handwritten note by Lucas attached to the back of the picture gives the length of the sitting as two days, on the 22 and 23 August 1886, at Lucas’s country house at Boissise-la-Bertrand, near Paris.
Tlaloc Head Flask
Historiated Initial “P” with St. Peter Holding a Key
Male Figure Holding a Vase Figures holding vases are common in Mesopotamian art and are associated with the importance of fresh water for agriculture.
Death of Buddha This votive tablet depicting the death of Buddha was found near Ang Thong in central Thailand.