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How were materials reused in art during the medieval period? What hidden histories do these "recycled" objects reveal? "Waste Not" features over 20 objects that explore medieval approaches to recycling through the mediums of gold, ivory, stone, glass, and parchment. Stunning and important in their own right, these works of art have unseen layers of history that can now be newly understood through modern research.
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Learn the fundamentals of drawing the human form, using the Walters collection as your inspiration. This family-oriented workshop is designed for children 9–13 years old and their favorite adults to enjoy together. Sign up for one class or for the series.
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This Wednesday, June 15, the Treasury reopens, featuring eighteenth-century European and Asian Decorative Arts. The refreshed and reinterpreted installation, curated by Jo Briggs, includes jewelry, engraved gems, and hardstone objects, emphasizing the techniques of their manufacture and social functions. For the first time, the Treasury includes paintings from the Walters' collection that portray women using or wearing items displayed in nearby cases. An installation of Chinese imperial objects in the annex, curated by Robert Mintz, provides a counterpoint to works made for European courts and expanding consumer cultures.

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Venetian / "Portrait of Maria Clementina Sobieska" / ca. 1719 / Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902 / More info: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/12166

Flemish / Stomacher / early 18th century / Gift of Melvin Gutman, 1946 / More info: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/38633
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This Sunday, explore the development of religious and secular art in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Walters' collection of European Renaissance art features one of the most significant holdings of Italian paintings in the Americas, as well as sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, arms and armor, and locks and keys. This walk-in tour is free and open to the public.
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Today at the #ConservationWindow:
Abigail Quandt, the Head of Book and Paper Conservation, will be in the Conservation Window on Friday with a few examples from the museum’s collection of manuscripts. These objects (including WAM W.3 and W.96) are being examined and treated prior to going on view in the Medieval galleries – this session will be a wonderful opportunity for viewers to get a behind-the-scenes look at work that goes into putting art on display, and to learn about the unique treatments that conservators use when working with manuscripts. What special considerations must be made when putting a manuscript on view? How do conservators know whether a manuscript can be shown? Does Abigail clean the manuscripts before they go into the galleries? Don’t miss this wonderful session in the window!
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In the 16th Century, the Best Office Decor was a Tiny Rotting Corpse | Atlas Obscura
Miniature memento moris were all the rage for around 300 years.
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Musician and producer Wendel Patrick will use turntables, electronics, and keyboards to explore lineage, power, conquest, and their relationship to ancient Greek and Roman religion. Intermedia artists Mark Brown and Carrie Fucile will use common, modern materials—including piles of bricks and desk fans—as the instruments that help audiences experience the Dutch Age of Exploration in the 1600s.

Presented in collaboration with the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

ART/SOUND/NOW is a live music series in which performers use sound to create a new context for viewing the galleries of the museum.
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Today at the #ConservationWindow:
Terry Weisser, an expert on ivory and related materials will be in the Conservation Window showing examples of ivory from several different animals and teaching visitors how to tell the difference between ivory from elephants, mammoths, walruses, narwhals, and sperm whales. Ivory has been used since ancient times to create some of the most beautiful and intricate works of art. The Walters collection of ivory objects, assembled mainly in the 19th and early 20th centuries, is one of the largest and finest in the world. This is a special opportunity to see some extraordinary ivory objects not currently on view in the galleries.
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Today at the #ConservationWindow:
On Saturday, visitors will be able to meet Tia Polidori, who is working on some of the enameled objects in the collection (including WAM 44.284). Tia is cleaning these Russian pieces in preparation for an upcoming show. Learn about the process used to create enamel, and how enamel has changed over time. What issues can arise over time for enameled objects, and how do conservators address or treat those issues? This is a fantastic chance to look behind the scenes at preparations that take place before an exhibit opens – don’t miss it!
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How were materials reused in art during the medieval period? What hidden histories do these "recycled" objects reveal? "Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling" features over 20 objects that explore medieval approaches to recycling through the mediums of gold, ivory, stone, glass, and parchment. Stunning and important in their own right, these works of art have unseen layers of history that can now be newly understood through modern research. Opens Saturday, June 25.
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John H. Dolph / "Good Friends (Puppy and Kitten)" / late 19th c. / http://buff.ly/1t55cVR
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600 N Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201
600 North Charles StreetUSMarylandBaltimore21201
(410) 547-9000thewalters.org
Art Museum, Non-Profit OrganizationToday 10AM–5PM
Sunday 10AM–5PMMonday ClosedTuesday ClosedWednesday 10AM–5PMThursday 10AM–9PMFriday 10AM–5PMSaturday 10AM–5PM
You are invited to discover some of the most talented artists from around the globe and across the ages. The Walters Art Museum is one of only a few museums in the world to present a panorama of art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. The thousands of treasures range from mummies to arms and armor, from old master paintings to Art Nouveau jewelry. The Walters' Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and Western Medieval art collections are among the finest in the nation, as are the museum's holdings of Renaissance and Asian art and a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented in the collection, which was amassed substantially by two men, William and Henry Walters, and eventually bequeathed to the City of Baltimore.
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Historic 3-building gallery with paintings & artifacts from the past 55 centuries plus films & more.- Google
"This is a fantastic art museum with a wonderful, richly diverse collection."
"The medieval collection spans cultures and includes both art and artifacts."
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Rachel Hamel
a week ago
The Walters has an incredibly rich collection ranging from ancient Egypt to Impressionism. The Chamber of Wonders is installed like a 17th century curiosity cabinet with an eclectic mix of artifacts, paintings, and taxidermy animals from around the world. Another highlight is the medieval collection with everything from suits of armor to altar pieces. The collection is well curated and spans a wide range of history. Much of the work takes time to really understand and enjoy but is so rewarding if you do slow down and give yourself to it.
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Ric Rini
a week ago
For my taste a perfect collection of art displayed with a sense of intelligence and thoughtfulness. The type of collection is prefect for those that are lining for variety. From paintings, sculptures glassware bronze world and porcelain the Walters art museum seems to have it all. And it's free! Yes free! What a wonderful museum curated perfectly. This is a must see stop if you are in Baltimore.
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Bob Bobertson
2 months ago
Holy cow they have everything. I could only make it throigh half the museum it's so gargantuan, and their collection covers most of the western world and a lot of the eastern world's art for the last four thousand years. Thousand. Four thousand years of art. Just sitting there for you to look at. They have a mummy. A thousands of years old dead human being, surrounded by priceless treasure in a glass box, just for you to go and look at and be like, "Huh, that was a person once." They have jewelry from murdered kings, and the café has nice decor but they only have vending machines so don't expect anything there.
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Tobias Haller
2 months ago
Fabulous collection now housed in expanded space. Much to see from the Medieval and Renaissance up through the 19th century and later; as well as Islamic and Asian collection. A gift to the city of Baltimore, free to the public -- but please do support it!
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Matthew Briney
2 months ago
Wonderfully curated art museum in the center of Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood. Galleries are well done and even the way the art is displayed is creative. Plan on spending at least half a day here as it's a fairly big place. Oh and did we mention it's free? Please consider making a donation to continue to support their work.
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Kita Atts
2 months ago
Great museum. Take time to walk around the gardens outside the museum as well. We also drove around the park which was beautiful. Loved seeing The Thinker and all of the wonderful pieces throughout the museum.
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Lo Smith
4 weeks ago
Great free museum! It's quite large and rambling with exhibits on all kinds of art. Everytime I go, I find a new room or a new piece I've never seen before.
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Avery Krouse
7 months ago
The Walters us a truly magnificent museum, especially if you have a fondness for history. Their selection of artifacts from the medieval and Renaissance worlds is astonishing. As an amateur medievalist, I found myself in awe at the arms and armor, the stained glass windows, and the paintings. Be sure to reserve as much of your day for a trip to the Walters so you can really take in the exhibits.