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National Gallery Photo 2018-03-24 13:09

Life (and death) seen through a collection of objects. In Harmen Steenwyck's 'Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life', the books symbolise human knowledge, the musical instruments, the pleasures of the senses. The Japanese sword and the shell, both collectors' rarities, symbolise wealth. The chronometer and expiring lamp allude to the transience and frailty of human life. And all are dominated by the skull at the center, the symbol of death:

British Museum Photo 2018-03-24 09:00

Father of the Arts and Crafts movement William Morris was born #onthisday in 1834. He adapted his highly ornamented style to produce wallpaper, textiles, furniture and tiles. The woodblock for this print was cut by Morris, based on an image by his friend Edward Burne-Jones. It shows a scene from the ancient mythical tale of Psyche and Cupid – Zephyrus (personification of the west wind) is carrying Psyche away from the edge of a cliff. We have a wonderful collection of #WilliamMorris inspired items in our shop, including designs like his iconic ‘Strawberry Thief’:

MoMA The Museum of Modern Art Photo 2018-03-23 16:39

When Tarsila do Amaral had her first solo show in Paris in 1926, she commissioned famous Art Deco designer Pierre Legrain to construct frames that emphasized the exotic-magical nature of her works. Legrain had designed elaborate frames for artists like Picasso and Picabia and his frames for Tarsila—specifically designed for each work—became works themselves, made from lizard skin, corrugated cardboard, polished wood, with mirrors cut at angles, and more. “A Cuca” (1924) is the only one of her works to retain its original frame. #TarsilaMoMA … [Image: Tarsila do Amaral. A Cuca, 1924. Oil on canvas. Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France FNAC 9459. Photography © Cnap / Ville de Grenoble / Musée de Grenoble – J.L. Lacroix. © Tarsila do Amaral Licenciamentos]