9 Results for tag "art"
African American Watercolors
At Colonial Williamsburg, we uncover stories through archaeology, journals, architectural clues, and of course, through art. Join us on Nov. 8 at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg for a fascinating opportunity to explore three unique historic watercolors featuring African Americans with paper conservator Pamela Young.Here are the three pieces …
5 Lions in our Collections
With the Lion King remake coming to theaters this week, we thought we’d take a look at representations of lions in the Art Museums collections. As Rafiki would tell you, “look beyond what you see” and appreciate the artist, the symbology, the craftsmanship. Then visit us in person to take …
Inside the Textiles Lab
In a brightly lit lab on the first floor of the Collections Building in the Bruton Heights complex, conservators Gretchen Guidess and Jacquelyn Peterson-Grace balance preservation with esthetics, all while performing intricate work that is necessary but nearly imperceptible to most observers.
Sir Reginald Cleans up Nicely
When you work with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s art collection, it’s hard not to develop a favorite. One of the objects I find most enchanting is a turtle soup tureen (1991-693,A) that has been on display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in the Henry H. Weldon Gallery’s “Revolution …
What are the Decorative Arts?
At the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, your ticket, pass, or membership grants you access to two art museums under one roof. One of these is the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. But what does “decorative arts” mean anyway?The decorative arts are all around us. They comprise all manner of …
What is Folk Art?
At the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, your ticket, pass, or membership grants you access to two art museums under one roof. One of these is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. But what does “folk art” mean anyway?American folk art has many labels, but none fully define the …
John Custis IV (1678-1749)(1) not only had one of Williamsburg’s most important gardens, but he also had one of the largest art collections in the city. His interests came together in 1730 when a Kensington nurseryman named Robert Furber (c. 1674 – 1756) published twelve engravings of flowers that served …
Call it Macaroni
Today the only macaroni we are likely to think about is that cheesy delight: macaroni and cheese. But the name of this delicious comfort food has a surprising association with fashion and cultural history of the 18th century. Recall that famous tune Yankee Doodle Dandy. Ever wonder why he stuck …
Conservation of the Menokin Stairway
With the expansion of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, new galleries provide exciting possibilities for new exhibitions. A bold and dramatic new arrangement features several architectural fragments displayed on the high walls of the skylit Pamela J. and James D. Penny Court, in the heart of the Dewitt Wallace …