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A standing, bearded figure of St. Christopher, broken off at the knees, holds the Christ child on his right shoulder while leaning upon a staff in his left hand. The child, whose head is encircled by a halo, wears a long cloak over his robe and rests his left hand upon an orb in his lap. The red and brown polychromy is a later addition.
English
St. Christopher carrying the Christ Child
15th century
Museum Purchase
1961/1.178
This sheet contains studies of fourteen figures in various stages of elaboration. Several of the figures are represented standing while gazing upward, including a man with an outstretched arm on the left edge of the sheet, a woman standing before a column near the center, and a man with a cross over his shoulder in the upper right corner. Two summarily sketched seated figures in the lower left corner appear to develop ideas for a similar figure placed at the foot of a column in a more detailed study near the middle of the sheet. In the upper left quadrant of the sheet appears a monk kneeling beneath a tree with a figure holding a staff standing behind him. Marked off by an octagonal frame along the lower edge is a seated female figure pointing upward with her right hand and holding a globe in her left.
Pietro Testa
Sheet of Figure Studies
1635 – 1640
Gift from the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection
2008/2.199.4
The viewer is presented with an illusionistic rendering of a corner an ornate celiing.  Architectural moldings, windows, and a still life in the corner with a globe and measuring instruments suggest that this might have been intended for a library
Flaminio Innocenzo Minozzi
Corner Decoration of a Painted Ceiling
1735 – 1817
Museum Purchase
1959/2.77
This remarkable still life depicts a table crowded with, among other things, a gilded covered goblet, a wide saucer-shaped silver tazza, a celestial globe painted with images of the constellations, a skull wearing a laurel wreath, and an extinguished candle, all rendered in exquisite detail with careful attention paid to the effects of light and texture. While the arrangement of objects may appear casual, the composition is artfully balanced along two diagonal axes centered on the two cups that lie crossed on the table. The repetition of ovoid shapes throughout the painting and the monochrome tonality with its restricted range of hues and values, a hallmark of Heda's style, assures the seamless integration of the sundry objects into a unified whole.<br />
Willem Claesz Heda
Vanitas (Still Life), with globe, skull, candle, tazza, and covered cup
1633 – 1635
Museum Purchase
1965/2.55
Two women accompanied by a pair of putti appear seated in the foreground of this painting. On the left sits a winged woman crowned with a laurel wreath and wearing a long white robe and a vivid ocher-colored mantle. She leans on a globe while cradling a large book in her right arm to which she points with her left hand. In her right hand she holds a compass. A putto peeks from beneath her mantle, and a viol is visible beneath the globe. The other woman sits on a cloud. She wears a golden crown and a richly colored blue mantle. She grasps a lyre with her left hand and leans toward the woman seated next to her, gesturing in the direction of the book with her right hand. A second putto stands near her left shoulder holding a gold circlet in his left hand. The background is filled with glimpses of neoclassical architecture, including fluted columns and a facade with a row of Ionic columns supporting an entablature.
Sebastiano Conca
Fame and Erato, Muse of Love Poetry
1720 – 1730
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern
1987/1.159
A nude woman sits on a large sphere and looks down, to her right. She holds a blank tablet in her left hand (against which she also leans her head), and a sprig of laurel leaves in her right hand, which rests behind her right thigh. Laurel leaves also decorate her hair. A ribbon crosses her chest and right hip. The space behind the woman and the sphere are left blank.<br />
Signed in the image, lower left corner, in the plate: "J.J. Tissot / 1875"
James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French (culture or style))
Deuxieme frontispice (Assise sur le globe)
1875
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Aldrich
2004/2.165
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