Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet Animals Detail 2 MFA Author's Own (5)

This week’s cabinet is from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  I had the distinct pleasure of viewing these exquisite red coral specimens first hand, a previous story from The Burlington had keyed me to their history and craftsmanship. The footnotes to the article hold all the delish details. Continue reading


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Frans Hals from The Red Leather Archive

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This edition of the Red Leather Archive recalls Christie’s sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s art collection.  A clandestine treasure tucked away from the Old Master’s market by the 17th century Dutch master Frans Hals: Portrait of a Gentleman, Half-Length, in a Black Coat.  At one time, the portrait hung over the fireplace at Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air home.  Hals is often compared to Rembrandt for his vigorous and humorous depictions of the growing merchant class.  A few images will follow verifying his abilities in facial expression. Continue reading

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