slowly getting back into my study routine after the break, most people are still having fun tho - the library was so empty. also I went to see Japanese art exhibition at the museum today which was amazing obviously!
Field Armor of Duke Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Date: circa 1560
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Note: The gilded monogram on the torso of this armor, along with the other decorative elements, indicate that it was commissioned by Duke Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (ruled 1568 to 1589). The survival of several comparable armors bearing the same monogram suggests that this suit was part of a set of similar armors made to outfit the duke and his entourage.
Medium: silk, passementerie
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Special notes: the passementerie on this elegant dress is clearly influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement design aesthetic which was extremely popular around 1880 and 1910. This is an excellent example of how a movement which is mostly based in architecture and interior design crept into clothing, showing the proponents desire to live the style in its entirety.
Finally finding the time to read the books I bought from the art museums in Paris. I’m so happy I got these because I didn’t really get to see some of the works in person since I was on a tight schedule but at least I have high quality photographs on glossy paper of them! And it was an honour to stand in the same building as those.
A couple years ago, I was in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Note: this is the NATURAL history museum. All they have are taxidermed animals, fossils, and rocks, and this conversation took place deep within the museum:
Woman (with 12 yr old son): Excuse me, where is Sacagawea?
Employee: I don’t know, I-
Woman: Is she at this museum?
Employee: Um, no.
Woman (to her son): She should be here. I mean, she was part of American history.
Son: Yeah, she helped Lewis and Clark with the Louisiana Purchase!