This small watercolor depicts a city square viewed through the arches of an arcade. A small group clusters next to one of the columns in the foreground, and a few other figures are scattered about the square along with a man leading a horse and cart.
This watercolor depicts a quiet square under a bright blue sky in the Italian city of Domodossola, situated in the Piedmont area of northern Italy near the border with Switzerland. The view was sketched by Samuel Prout, one of the leading English draughtsmen and watercolorists of his generation, who visited the city on September 7, 1824 on a tour of Italy. UMMA's watercolor was one of at least three watercolors of this scene that were later executed by Prout in England following his travels. The drawings and watercolors also served as a model for an engraving of the scene published in the "Landscape Annual" of 1830 and for a lithograph for "Sketches Made in France, Switzerland, and Italy" from 1839. Watercolorists such as Prout often produced multiple versions of the same scene, usually with differences in size and details, during the course of their careers. Versions of "Domodossola," for instance, were sold at exhibitions of the Old Watercolor Society in 1826, 1838, and 1845. UMMA's watercolor may be identified with the latter two, or may be an undocumented version of the subject.
Turned-wood sculpture composed of a cluster of small jar-like vessels with stones embedded througout
small hollow vessels with stones, joined into one whole
After taking a course in woodturning, Alain Mailland established his own woodworking shop devoted to cabinetry, stairs, and verandas. In the early 1990s, he turned his focus solely to wood art, specializing in greenwood hollowing because “it’s a live material…and it later changes shape in an interesting way.” He quickly gained a reputation for his unique work and for turning some of the most difficult pieces created.
Complex and intricately carved, The Stone Eater is exemplary in its technical achievement. Each small vessel was individually turned, and yet the piece as a whole is still a single block of wood. It shows just how far Mailland is prepared to push the limits of technical skill.
The overall effect is one of a barnacle-like sea organism.
Two nearly identical daguerreotypes are pictured one on top of the other. They both portray an eagle perched on a tree’s branch. The artist’s signature is typed in red lettering and arched upwards on the bottom center.
Bust portrait of Paris of Troy. He looks off to the upper left. He is shown with a helmet that is toped with a sphynx-like figure and long feathers.
This is a portrait of Paris the young prince of Troy and son of King Priam. As recounted in Homer's epic poem "Illiad," Paris meets Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, and kidnaps her. This sparks the Trojan war which brings distruction to the city, in the end.