Blog Posts tagged with ms rau

Egyptian Revival Clock Garniture

Secrets of the Pyramids: Is Another Egyptian Revival on the Horizon?

Posted: January 26, 2016 08:43 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Coffins, mummies, pyramids and ancient tombs – words that seem more at home in a film script have been recently seen flooding headlines. Archeologists and Egyptologists seem on the brink of a major discovery that would rock both the academic world and popular culture. With stories about cosmic particles and secret chambers in the Great Pyramids to the burial site of one particularly famous ancient Egyptian, Queen Nefertiti, eyes are looking to Egypt for the next big revelation about this fascinating, though mysterious, ancient culture. In the art and antiques world, these revelations are...


Employment Station, New York by Martha Walter, circa 1915

Liberation and the Modern Era: Women in Modern Art

Posted: April 15, 2015 13:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

This is the third of a three part series of blog posts preceding our exhibition Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art, on view at M.S. Rau Antiques now through May 4.  A time of tumult both socially and politically, the early 20th century is remembered as an era of upheaval in the Western world. Two world wars, economic hardships and social revolutions affected the course of social history, and the art of the period came to reflect the rapidly evolving landscape of a new modern era.  The power of the person truly culminated in the art of the period,...


Jéan-Leon Gérôme, Leda and the Swan, Circa 1895

An Age of Transformation: Women in Nineteenth Century Art

Posted: March 16, 2015 13:58 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

This is the second of a three part series of blog posts preceding our exhibition Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art, on view at M.S. Rau Antiques from March 27 – May 4. From the mid-nineteenth century, Western Europe and the United States were witness to an extraordinary cultural and social upheaval. Truly a period of transformation, the end of the 19th century can be characterized also as an era of contradiction. As the great generation of French academic painters such as Jean-Léon Gérôme, with their idealized female figures and neoclassical subjects, slowly...


Giovanni dal Ponte, Madonna and Child, Circa 1420

Innocence, Temptation, and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art

Posted: February 12, 2015 12:14 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

This is the first of a three part series of blog posts preceding our exhibition Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art, on view at M.S. Rau Antiques from March 27 – May 4. A mystifying creature with the ability to nurture, seduce, create and conquer, women have served as an endless source of inspiration for history’s most iconic artists, representing archetypes of ideal beauty, model behavior, and the ultimate temptation. These canvases invite viewers to peel back their many layers, each telling a different story about the woman it depicts, the artist who pain...


Brilliant color and delicacy inform this rare Venetian Murano glass chandelier

Murano: The Island of Glass

Posted: December 02, 2014 15:46 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Venetian glass captures the dance of light and color unlike any other. Its brilliant hues and dazzling, acrobatic designs mark Venetian glass pieces as some of the most delightful and extraordinary in the world. This ancient art blossomed on the tiny island of glassmakers, whose innovations and creativity would inspire the art of glassmaking throughout the world. With its origins in Byzantium and Syria, the history of glassmaking in Venice begins 900 years ago. Isolated in her lagoon, the tiny nation was insulated from the rest of Europe during the Dark Ages, and, rarely challenged, ...


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