Monthly Archives: January 2019


This is  the central figure, “America,” in Thomas Crawford’s group of marble sculptures titled “The Progress of Civilization” on the US Capitol. Finished between 1853 and 1856,  the sculptures were newly photographed during a 2016 restoration. Did Louisa Lander, Crawford’s pupil, carve this figure based on her (now lost) “To-Day”?


Michaelina Wautier

Belgium’s newest, oldest art star is a 17th-century painter as versatile as she was accomplished. Did the very beauty and quality of her painting insure that she herself would be forgotten?

Above: Two Girls Dressed as Saints Agnes and Dorothy, n.d., by Michaelina Wautier, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp

Apollo Magazine article

A Caproni & Brother cast

“The Maiden of Lille” is a plaster cast of a Renaissance original by the pre-eminent producers of plaster casts in America, Caproni & Brother (now owned by the Giust Gallery, Woburn, Mass.)

Caproni Collection, Maiden of Lille

Caproni casts are signed at the back or side, as this one is, and casts from original work by neoclassical sculptors also bear the sculptor’s signature. Once ubiquitous in schools and on parlor pianos, they sometimes turn up in antique shops. The original, 19th-century showroom was in downtown Boston, and founder Pietro Caproni traveled the world taking molds from ancient and contemporary sculpture.

At the studio

10bf28a6-ad0c-483b-acbc-b7af77df72b6…of the Flower Painter Jan Frans Van Dael (1816), a new acquisition of the Worcester Art Museum. This view of Van Dael’s studio at the Sorbonne shows a charming group of women painters in various stages of work: making preparatory drawings, painting, studying. Some women were amateurs; others professional painters who exhibited and sold artwork. By Philippe Jacques Van Bree.

Worcester Art Museum news here.