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Ask the Experts | Forged Art

Question: How do you know when a work of art is forged? Answer: You always have to be wary of a forgery, a work that was manufactured to deliberately fool an expert into thinking it is by a more famous artist and therefore more valuable than it really is. Making attributions and properly identifying a…
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Curator’s Thoughts: Inspired by the Adirondacks

Recently, I heard a segment on NCPR about the Trout Lake artist Jeff Davis, who is in Florida during the pandemic lockdown. More accustomed to working in oils, he has taken up watercolors once again, a much trickier medium to manipulate and control. My mind immediately went to a pair of watercolors in The Hyde’s collection…
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Curator’s Thoughts: Swiping Right

Before there was Tinder and the internet, there were artists and diplomats conveying images between potential suitors. There is nothing new in exchanging beguiling pictures. Detail: Bartholomaeus (Barthel/Bartel) Bruyn, the Elder, (German, 1493 – 1555), Portrait of a Lady, ca. 1535, oil on panel (23 1/2 × 29 in.). The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York,…
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Curator’s Thoughts: Facetiming the Divine

This post is an experiment. Can our current use of online communications systems provide analogies for the way religious imagery worked on and for the viewer in the Middle Ages? While we’re at home, we can find any number of YouTube videos to watch that are intended to be educational and instructive. I have participated…
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Curator’s Thoughts: Christian Narrative Painting

Those of you who took an Art History survey course undoubtedly learnt the name of Giotto. Between 1303 and 1306, he decorated the Arena Chapel in Padua, Italy with frescos that narrate the life of Christ. This artistic and architectural commission fulfilled the principal functions of religious art outlined in my previous posting. It provided a setting…
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Curator’s Thoughts: If Not Graven Idols, what is Christian Art?

For Christians, Sunday was Palm Sunday, the day they celebrate, and some even reenact, Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, when his supporters climbed the tress and strew his path with palm fronds. In the Middle Ages, when every church was perceived as a manifestation of the Heavenly Jerusalem, the church became a representation of the early…
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Curator’s Thoughts: Looking For A Book To Read?

To be honest, I haven’t had time to chill out with a book since this all began for us in the North Country about three weeks ago. In the time before, I was dipping in and out of two books on Leonardo da Vinci (both available on Kindle): Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci. Martin Kemp and Guiseppe…
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Curator’s Thoughts: The Black Presence in Western Art

This month, the Rembrandt Museum in Amsterdam opened a new exhibition entitled HERE. BLACK IN REMBRANDT’S TIME. The exhibition overlaps with The Hyde Collection’s presentation of the art of an accomplished, but little known, African American artist, Dox Thrash (1893-1965): Dox Thrash, Black Life and the Carborundum Mezzotint. The Thrash exhibition is the first of three successive winter…
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The Hyde Brings You To Museums Around The World: Part 1

Throughout the world, museums are working hard to bring their communities some light and inspiration during this strange time of distance. Museums are places that provide education and history, joy and discovery, but most importantly, we work to bring people together. Stay connected to your favorite art community by checking back here for new blogs…
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London’s National Theatre To Offer Audiences A Free Play To Stream Every Week

The majority of our Hyde Collection patrons are no doubt trying desperately to find a normal routine while quarantined at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. And we’ve heeded your call for mental stimulation with our recent decision to go virtual, bringing our latest exhibitions to the comfort of your own home. To add to your…
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