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Today, seven more Japanese cultural organizations have published high-resolution images of 486 artifacts on the Google Cultural Institute. Just follow this link https://goo.gl/Wwpzvy to discover more than 40 great collections of Japanese art, history and culture. 

Highlights include the artist Jakuchū's 伊藤 若冲 magnificent screen painting titled "Animals in the Flower Garden" 樹花鳥獣図屏風  in the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art's collection. https://goo.gl/cwQpKC  This two-part screen is now revealed in two gigapixel images which viewers can zoom into to reveal Jakuchū's unexpected combination of colors, a patterned grid, and brush strokes that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

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The English explorer, courtier, and writer Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618) is credited with introducing Virginia tobacco to England on this day in 1586. While exploring the territory, Raleigh apparently took a great liking to the stuff and brought some back to England.  After falling out of favor at Elizabeth I's court he apparently kept a pouch with him during his imprisonment. The pouch http://goo.gl/Sfz5SZ, now in the collection of +The Wallace Collection in London, is inscribed with the Latin phrase "It was my companion during that unhappy time" Comes meus fuit in illo miserrimo tempore. Historically, Raleigh has been so closely associated with tobacco that his face is thought to be the figure carved in this17th-century Dutch pipe bowl.   #tobacco   #SirWalterRaleigh   #Virginia   #pipe   #Raleigh  
Pipe bowl with an effigy probably representing Sir Walter Raleigh. The shape and finish of the highly decorated pipe stem suggest that a detachable stem could be fitted to the pipe. Marking under the flat heel of the pipe. Probably made in Holland (1625-1650). The pipe bowl is bulbous and there is a very wide angle between the stem and the bowl’s opening.
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Take a walk through #MontSaintMichel , the legendary French village. Discover 13 centuries of history with the +Google Cultural Institute and +Archives départementales de la Manche here: https://goo.gl/CmFLJl 
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+CNN International's #KristieLuStout  recently chatted in Hong Kong with Amit Sood, Director of the +Google Cultural Institute about bringing local art and culture online.
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Google's Amit Sood tells Kristie Lu Stout how they're bringing the museum experience to the web.
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Popcorn maker, satellite, teapot, UFO, Marvin the Martian....and our favorite guess, mini-BBQ!  Good guesses all.  For those of you who guessed coffee pot or coffee urn,  you are 100% correct.  In 1935, the American industrial designer #RusselWright  (1904-1996) created this unusual looking coffee urn out of spun aluminum and walnut for brewing coffee goo.gl/FxQeU5  It is now in the collection of the +Brooklyn Museum  Spun aluminum reflected Wright's interest to use inexpensive, practical and modern materials for his household objects. He also used it to manufacture ice buckets, vases, flower pots, and lamps.
Wright was passionate about bringing fresh, modern designs to mid-century American households, and pioneered the development of simple, informal objects of daily use, especially kitchen ware and furniture.  He began shaking up conventional design starting in the 1930s, and never looked back.

 "I believe with religious intensity that good design is for everyone."
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Coffee Urn. Spun aluminum, wood. Spherical form on cylindrical stand. Spherical wood knobs on metal cylinders for handles, final, and pourer. Narrow cylindrical spout at base of sphere. Metal percolator basket with lid in interior.Condition: Good.
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If we think of famous portraitists over the past half-century, the list is weighted towards photographers of the rich and famous: think Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, and Martin Schoeller. But photography is a relatively recent development, and most celebrities for the past millennium were immortalized by famous painters and sculptors.

Among the most famous of portraitists of 18th-century England was Sir Joshua Reynolds, born #onthisday  in 1723. Although not a household name today, he certainly was back in the day. The leading politicians, actors and actresses, and wealthy aristocrats clamored for his attention. According to Dr. Nicholas Penny, art historian and Director of the +The National Gallery, Reynolds would see up to six "sitters" in his studio each day.  Many of the artists' portraits hang in public collections around the world, including this one of his three-year-old godson https://goo.gl/d3Olb2 +Philadelphia Museum of Art To keep the young boy distracted during the long painting sessions, Reynolds enchanted him with fairy tales. Now that's multitasking!   #arthistory   #painting   #joshuareynolds  
 
The sitter is Reynolds's three-year-old godson, whose attention the artist captured during the long sittings by telling fairy tales.
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Bearded bohemian, legendary ladies man, and awe-inspiring artist Gustav Klimt was born #onthisday  in 1862. Discover more than 35 works https://goo.gl/m4AiKZ  by the Viennese artist in high-resolution images including this mesmerizing painting from the collection of the +LeopoldMuseum Wien   #arthistory   #Klimt  
Gustav Klimt’s large painting Death and Life, created in 1910, features not a personal death but rather merely an allegorical Grim Reaper who gazes at “life” with a malicious grin. This “life” is comprised of all generations: every age group is represented, from the baby to the grandmother, in this depiction of the never-ending circle of life. Death may be able to swipe individuals from life, but life itself, humanity as a whole, will always elud...
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+Judith Leyster born on this day in 1609 was one of the most remarkable artists of her time. For more than 200 years she remained unknown as an artist. It was only towards the end of the nineteenth century that her work was rediscovered, and this painting Boy Playing a Flute (collection of the +Nationalmuseum Sweden ) was properly attributed in 1893 from +Frans Hals to Judith Leyster.  Can you find where Leyster added her monogram on the painting?

Leyster was remarkable not only for her artistic genius, but also for the level of professional success and recognition she achieved in her own lifetime. She enrolled with the painter’s guild in Haarlem the early 1630s, was the only woman master-painter of her day. She maintained her own studio in #Haarlem  until she married Jan Miense Molenaer, a fellow artist, and later moved to #Amsterdam   She painted very little after her marriage. She died in 1660. Today she is celebrated as one of the masters of Dutch painting.   #painting   #arthistory  +Dutch Art  #painting   #arthistory  +Women Artists of the World 
Despite the monogram, this work was, at the time of its donation to the Nationalmuseum in 1871, attributed both to Frans Hals and to Jan de Bray. Not until 1893 did Hofstede de Groot identity it as a work of Judith Leyster. Boy Playing a Flute is one of the artist’s most important and attractive paintings. It probably originated in the early 1630s, since it still shows traces of the influence of the Utrecht Caravaggists. The composition is fresh ...
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A cool dip to beat the summer heat - #Philadelphia , circa 1885. Tomorrow's local forecast: sunny with highs reaching 91°F / 33°C https://goo.gl/Kcbpr8  

Happy Birthday #ThomasEakins , born #onthisday  in 1844.  His masterpiece of American painting is on view in +Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth  
<i>Swimming</i> displays Thomas Eakins’s interest in scientific analyses of bodies in motion. The arrangement of the swimmers suggested the sequential movement of a single figure through the pictorial space. As head of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Eakins felt the human form was central to modern art and made the study of the nude integral to his teaching. Because the figures in this painting were easily identifiable as the artist an...
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Today, #Mongolia  rides onto the +Google Cultural Institute with 200 new cultural artifacts, 20 exhibits and Museum View virtual tours from the +National Museum of Mongolia, Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum, and Bogd Khaan Palace Museum. https://goo.gl/tZDfL4

The most famous event in the Mongolian calendar is undoubtedly, #Naadam , the annual summer festival celebrating the traditional Mongolian feats of wrestling, archery, and horse racing. You can learn more about this unparalleled extravaganza of athletics, skill and cultural pageantry from interactive exhibitions: curated by the three museums. https://goo.gl/GfrEgA 

If you want even more Mongolia, check out the backstory of the #StreetView  capture, just added on +Google Maps.  
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Can you guess what this aluminum and wood object is?  
HINT: Although it looks like something from the space age, it was made in 1935.

P.S. The answer will be posted tomorrow!
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At the age of 21, Rembrandt van Rijn painted Bust of An Old Man with Turban http://goo.gl/C1lWaj. Take a closer look at this touching, early work in the Kremer Collection exhibition A Case Study of Light and Dark https://goo.gl/MKMUVq curated by George Kremer. The young Rembrandt, born on this day in 1606, already demonstrates his gift for materializing paint into golden light and deep shadow.   #rembrandt   #dutchpainting   #arthistory   #onthisday  
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