Sam Taylor-Wood (British, b. 1967); Jude Law, from "Crying Men," 2002-2004; C-print. Amanda P. Brotman. x1200
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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Hopper at Thyssen Museum, Madrid

Screen shot Hopper at the Thyssen Museum, Madrid

The Edward Hopper painting, Morning in the City, 1944, one of the feature works in the WCMA permanent collection is currently on view in a major Hopper exhibition at the Thyssen Museum in Madrid. Standing in front of the painting, exhibition curator Tomàs Llorens describes the exhibition and how it took three years to bring it to Spain.

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How were ancient Egyptian amulets used?

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The use of amulets played a very large part in ancient Egyptian religion. They were generally made of various materials including stones and were believed to transfer magical properties to the wearer. The Williams College Museum of Art possesses 160 amulets.

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Art of the Month Club: Diane Sullivan

Unknown, (Mexican, Colima), Small dog, ca. late 19th-early 20th centuries, terra-cotta, Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast. (90.11.4)_x780

When I first moved to the area about seven years ago, I made my way to the museum. One of the first pieces to thrill me that I saw was a terra cotta sculpture of a dog that was in one of the glass cases. Not just a generic clay dog, but also a very special Colima Mexican dog!

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How did Matta’s Rain get here?

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Thanks to James Thrall Soby’s (author, critic, connoisseur, collector and patron of the arts) enthusiasm for Surrealism and passion for Williams College, Matta’s “Rain” has published, exhibited, and been very much enjoyed by museum staff and visitors alike since 1950.

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