Weekend at the Walters

by Kathleen

IMG_2947 IMG_0880{Madonna and Child with Saints and Donor painted by Carlo Crivelli in Marche, Italy ca. 1485-1490}
{Madonna of the Candelabra painted by Raphael in Rome, Italy ca. 1513}

As I wait for the ground to thaw and the air to warm up I decided to head to the Walters Art Museum located in Baltimore, Maryland this weekend. This is a public museum founded in 1934 by {father and son} William and Henry Walters to house their collection which includes masterworks from the ancient world into the medieval era, Renaissance and onto modern times.

The building on north Charles Street is an Italian palazzo, and upon entering the porticoed atrium the first image the public views is a statue of Apollo Victorious over a Python sculpted in 1591 by Pietro Francavilla in Florence, and at the other end of the hall is wall piece of Adam and Eve. Also sculpted in marble by Giovanni della Robbia in 1515 from Florence, Italy. Here are a few additional pieces I always enjoy viewing while in the gallery. 

IMG_2595{Plate from Iran {Nishapur- present day Iran}, ca 1480-81. The town of Nishapur flourished in ceramic manufacturing in the 9th-12th centuries. Examining the varying colors of blue within this piece are truly extraordinary. The medium is fritware with an underglaze painting}

K