Muse of Painting
The One Who Inspires Artists
Curator Michael Neumeister unravels the iconography and symbolism of this painting by Francesco Lupicini.
Image: Francesco Lupicini (Italian) 1575–1648; Muse of Painting, 1606–1625; oil on canvas
Portrait of a Little Boy in Red Holding a Goldfinch
A Little Elite
Art historian Anna Swartwood House discusses the young sitter’s elevated social circle and her worries for a finch.
Image: Santi di Tito (Italian) 1536-1607; Portrait of a Little Boy in Red Holding a Goldfinch, c. 1580; oil on wood panel
Pulcinella Singing to His Many Children
Music and Macaroni
Art historian Anna Swartwood House explores the background of the titular performer depicted in this painting.
See The Supper of Pulcinella and Colombina by Alessandro Magnasco
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Image: Alessandro Magnasco (Italian) 1667-1749; Pulcinella Singing with His Many Children, c. 1725-1730; oil on canvas
Virgin and Child with Two Angels
The Virgin of Tenderness
Art historian Anna Swartwood House explains this painting's history, meaning, and construction.
Image: Deodato Orlandi (Italian) 1288-1308; Virgin and Child with Two Angels, c. 1290; tempera painting on lindenwood panel
Egg Tempera and Underpainting
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Imaginary Landscape with Roman Ruins
A Trip to Epcot Center
Art historian Anna Swartwood House reminisces on a childhood vacation while exploring the motifs of this fantastical landscape.
See UofSC's Digital Piranesi Project
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Image: Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian) 1691-1765; Imaginary Landscape with Roman Ruins, 1740; oil on canvas
Deceit at the Breakfast Table
Art historian Anna Swartwood House analyzes this tricky still life to uncover more about the artist and the prospective buyer of this style of painting.
Image: Pieter Claesz (Dutch), 1597-1661; Still Life, 1657; oil on oak panel
The Coral Fishermen
Rhyming in Red
Curator Michael Neumeister touches on red coral fishing and the rhythmic qualities of this painting by Salvator Rosa.
Image: Salvator Rosa (Italian) 1615-1673; The Coral Fishermen, 1632; oil on canvas
David Holding Goliath’s Head
Passion and Violence
Curator Michael Neumeister looks at one of his favorite CMA Collection pieces, this unique portrait of the biblical David and Goliath.
Image: Guido Cagnacci; David Holding Goliath’s Head, c. 1655; oil on canvas
Hannah and Ron Rogers
Suzanne and Robert Clawson
Pete and Vickie Neighbour