Visit your favorite Walters' exhibitions again, or discover a new show you may have missed.
Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul focuses on the ways in which Martin Luther, the 16th-century German religious reformer, comforted the distressed souls of his contemporaries by approaching them as a father, a husband, and a friend—rather than as a priest or theologian. Approximately 20 works will be on view, ranging from a simple beer cup to a mesmerizing rendering of the Lutheran orb and cross composed entirely of microscopic hand-lettered prayers. The Walters presents this one-gallery exhibition during the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
This summer see an exhibition of the finalists’ work for the $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, Baltimore’s most prestigious artist award.
Training the Eye explores the Walters' rich collection of works on paper through the lens of 19th-century artistic training and technique. Working in a range of mediums from watercolor to graphite to ink, artists honed their skills through intensive practice, seeking to become masters of their art. This intimate exhibition brings together 17 richly detailed and evocative portraits, still-life studies, and figure drawings—many of which are on view at the Walters for the very first time. This exhibition is generously supported by the Women's Committee.
The Walters Art Museum is excited to host exhibitions on the museum’s Sculpture Court that highlight artworks by students.
Striking works of Himalayan art depict wrathful Buddhist deities with fearsome qualities. Although they may appear intimidating, these deities use their power to guard against antagonists and thwart obstacles to the spiritual goals of their devotees. Featuring nearly a dozen sculptures and paintings drawn primarily from the John and Berthe Ford Collection, this exhibition deepens our understanding of these compelling images.
The art of medieval Europe—luminous stained glass windows, church bells with their mesmerizing sounds, and tapestries depicting fragrant gardens—stirred the senses. This international loan exhibition brings together more than 100 paintings, tapestries, metalwork, manuscripts, and prints from museums in the United States and abroad, including masterpieces from the Walters’ collection.
Medieval artists were skilled at making use of older materials. On view in this exhibition are more than 20 objects from the Walters’ collection in gold, ivory, stone, glass, and parchment that show evidence of reuse, such as melting down Roman mosaic glass to include in Romanesque enamels. Stunning and important in their own right, these works reveal secrets recently discovered through exciting new research by our curators and conservators.
This winter the Walters presents a new view of the Italian Renaissance. See the work of one of the most original and innovative painters in fifteenth-century Italy, Carlo Crivelli of Venice. This intimate exhibition showcases his luminous paintings, with their lavish use of gold, suggesting the materiality of goldsmiths’ work and luxury textiles.
New this winter is an exquisite exhibition that explores the story of Madame de Pompadour, the influential mistress of King Louis XV of France, best remembered as an enthusiastic patron of the arts. Less well known are the works of art she made and collected. On view here for the first time are selections from the Suite of Prints, an extremely rare first-edition set of etchings created by the royal mistress in the 1750s and purchased by Museum founder Henry Walters from a Parisian book dealer in 1895.
Jean-Léon Gérôme was the leading French academic artist during the second half of the 19th century, specializing in scenes depicting present-day Egypt and Turkey. He was extraordinarily influential in his time, training many artists from both Europe and the Middle East. In a new exhibition opening at the Walters in November, Gérôme forms the fascinating focal point of an international network of mid-19th-century painters who were his friends, travel companions, and business associates and who also took the Middle East as their subject matter.
Meet three individuals—the poet, painter, and patron—whose stories are intertwined with the cultures of historic India, Iran, and Turkey. Pearls on a String, the first major exhibition of Islamic art at the Walters, encompasses a sweeping selection of works including manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, textiles, decorated ceramics, and metalwork.
Gold of the Ancient Americas showcases more than 50 artifacts, including cast animal pendants, a hammered gold disc, beaded necklaces and nose ornaments made by the indigenous peoples of the ancient Americas from Peru to Panama.
This spring, the Walters story continues with an exhibition exploring the workshop of 19th-century sculptor William Henry Rinehart.
This exhibition explores that moment of tension, beginning with the publication of Gutenberg’s Bible in 1455, when printing was a new, experimental medium. The result was a fascinating interplay of formats that led to hybrid works, failed experiments, and entirely new forms of books. This story is especially pertinent now, as we are experiencing our own technological revolution, moving from printed book to digital publishing.
Composed of approximately twenty manuscripts and objects, Seeing Music explores music in its relationship with philosophy, religion, and the arts during the Middle Ages, when musical harmony and dissonance were thought to mirror the perfection of heaven as well as the disorder of evil.
Presented by the Walters and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, this exhibition will show the work of the finalists for the 2014 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Artists will compete for top honors and a $25,000 fellowship in the Greater Baltimore area’s most prestigious arts competition.
Tourists, students, expatriates, cosmopolitans, and explorers, American artists traveled widely during the nineteenth century. This exhibition explores this theme and features work by Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler, among others.
The Japanese art of flower arranging, or ikebana, has inspired the creation of extraordinary ceramic containers. This exhibition outlines the history of some of Japan’s major schools of ikebana and displays a wide variety of contemporary ceramics created in harmony with the most modern floral conventions.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, fine book binding enjoyed a golden age of creativity and lavish decoration. These handmade, individual and highly personal objects were made not only to protect the texts they contained, but also to be admired and appreciated as portable decorative masterpieces in their own right.
The Book of the Faiyum is an exquisitely illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt. One of the most intriguing ancient representations of a place ever found, the papyrus depicts the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile, as a center of prosperity and ritual. Egyptian jewelry, papyri, statues, reliefs and ritual objects will illuminate the religious context that gave rise to this enigmatic text, which celebrates the crocodile god Sobek and his special relationship with the Faiyum.
Painter Jacob Lawrence is known for using a series format to render in colorful expressive imagery and text the narrative stories of historical African American figures like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Each of the eight works on view in Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series (1990) describes a passage from the book of Genesis in the King James version of the Bible.
Today, medieval books are treated as works of art, untouchable treasures to be locked away in cabinets. Yet many were intended for regular use as vital components of everyday life for monks and nuns.
This exhibition of photographs by contemporary artist Gregory Vershbow explores the interactions of art objects within environments and circumstances ordinarily beyond public view. In storage facilities and conservation laboratories, and at monuments under restoration, Vershbow photographs art objects wrapped in plastic, protected by foam, nested in boxes and set in surprising juxtapositions with other objects from different eras.
The Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) present the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition. Artists compete for top honors and a $25,000 fellowship in the Greater Baltimore area’s most prestigious arts competition. Held in conjunction with Artscape (July 19–21), America’s largest free arts festival, the finalists and semifinalists exhibitions are presented in partnership with the Walters and Maryland Institute College of Art.
The Walters Art Museum is working with five high schools from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Frederick County to create a focus show related to the special exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville.
Painter of iconic works of American genre, Richard Caton Woodville (1825–55) led a life of paradox. His humorous characterizations of life, realistic depictions of interiors and use of narrative detail give access to a fascinating period of American and European history.
This show focuses on a work of exceptional historical importance: an intricately decorated and inscribed wood panel believed to come from the famous Ben Ezra synagogue of Old Cairo (Fostat), Egypt, which has captivated public imagination for over a century.
This focus show of approximately 25 objects introduces Yemeni-Jewish silverwork from the Zucker Family Trust collection. Yemeni-Jewish craftsmen produced beautiful silver pieces characterized by elaborate granulation and filigree decoration for Muslim and Jew alike.
This groundbreaking exhibition will explore the wealth of European art to reveal the hidden presence of Africans in Renaissance society and the many roles they played. The portraits at the core of this show provide a window on an unsuspected facet of a society deeply impacted by the expanding worldview of the Age of Exploration.
Facing Our Community is a small exhibition of artwork created by Maryland middle and high school students in response to the Walters Art Museum’s special exhibition Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe.
In the short film vignettes of The Two Planets (Dow Song Duang), the farmers of small Thai villages discuss several classic works of modern European painting while artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook fixes her camera on them.
This exhibition explores the art of gardens and the cross-fertilization of garden imagery between the East and West. Gardens have functioned as spaces of invention, imagination and myth-making, as well as places of repose and recreation, for different cultures across time.
This summer, we’re holding a participatory exhibition, created collectively by the public. You get to decide what the exhibition will be. We will invite your opinion on a number of decisions. Then, visit the museum this summer when Public Property opens and continue to contribute to, and change, this public exhibition.
Doodle 4 Google is a nationwide contest that asks K–12 students to redesign Google’s homepage banner around the theme “if I could travel in time, I’d visit…” The top ten winning Doodles from Maryland will be on display at the Walters Art Museum from May 23 through June 24.
Through just a handful of images, Hashiguchi Goyo, the last of Japan's great ukiyo-e printmakers, captured the spirit and the dynamic visual character of the pre-war era. Between 1918 and his death in 1920, Goyo oversaw the production of just 13 prints. Of these, eight were images of beautiful women.
Highly detailed and original, Léon Bonvin's watercolors of flowers, landscapes and moonlit scenes represent a distinctive contribution to the realist movement in mid-19th century France.
This exhibition will feature 129 Precolumbian artworks from Mexico to Peru. Organized thematically by culture, the artworks present more than 2,500 years of creativity in Mexico, Central America and Andean South America from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1520.
This groundbreaking focus show will explore the implications of tactile perception for enjoying sculpture, studying how the brain reacts to tactile stimuli from European Renaissance art-a period marked by a new availability of small "collectibles" meant to be held.
Twelve paintings illustrating the jataka story of Prince Vessantara extol the virtue of unlimited charity. In this painting cycle, the prince, an embodiment of the Buddha-to-be, casts off his elephant, his land, his palace, his garments, his children, his wife, etc. until he has given all that can be given. His charity is limitless, and this attracts the attention of the divine.
The Walters will partner with the Cognitive Science Department in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Science at The Johns Hopkins University in an innovative focus show exploring the impact of severe brain damage on an artist.
Every culture that values the art of writing has found ways to reflect the prestige and pleasure of writing through beautiful tools. Once owned by statesmen, calligraphers, wealthy merchants and women of fashion, these stunning objects highlight the ingenuity of the artists who created them and underline the centrality of the written word in diverse cultures.
This show focuses on drawings, prints and watercolors of ships, sailors and the sea from the permanent collection of the Walters Art Museum. Life on shipboard and on shore are shown in a variety of graphic media.
This show will showcase a unique series of progressive proofs illustrating the exacting technique used to create the prints bound into an important early catalog, "Oriental Ceramic Art".
Eleven emerging MICA artists will mine the cross-cultural and historic conceptions of what a reliquary is or can be. Their artworks reflect myriad approaches to the history of reliquary traditions and the sacred interpreted in a contemporary context.
Medieval Christians venerated saints; their bodily remains were often displayed in special containers, known as reliquaries. Covered in gold and silver and embellished with gems and semiprecious stones, reliquaries proclaimed the special status of their sacred contents to worshipers and pilgrims.
These German drawings from the mid-19th century are notable for their clear storytelling, appealing subject matter and precise draftsmanship. William Walters purchased most of the works in this exhibition during his time in Europe. Highlights include picturesque landscapes, charming animal studies and incisive character sketches.
This exhibition will explore the variety of beasts that swarm, creep, and scramble across the pages of medieval manuscripts and their allegorical significance.
The Walters celebrates the creative mind of renowned artist and children's book illustrator Walter Wick, whose I Spy and Can You See What I See? books have been read and loved by millions of children and adults around the world.
This focus show unearths treasures of illustration hidden in the permanent collection of the Walters Art Museum. Featuring preparatory drawings for Gustave Doré’s Bible and Paul Gavarni’s lively sketches of the London underworld, the exhibition explores the variety of ways in which 19th-century artists approached the art of illustration.
Neither stodgy nor perpetually pious, medieval people found time for amusement in the margins of their lives and their manuscripts. From peasant boys shirking their winter duties in order to lob snowballs at each other to monkeys gleefully dancing to "Ring around the Rosie," their antics have come down to us in art.
Bearing Witness is a multi-venue survey of over ten years of work by the artist duo Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry. 8 larger-than-life mother-and-child portraits painted on silk are suspended from the ceiling in the Walters lobby.
Twenty-three drawings and watercolors from the McCrindle collection, by such artists as Delacroix, Meissonier, Doré, and Gérôme, will be exhibited along with two other recent donations.
This exhibition showcases masterpieces of illuminated and illustrated manuscripts produced in Islamic lands from the ninth to the nineteenth century.
This exhibition celebrates the beauty and technical perfection of cloisonné enamels from Japan. The Stephen W. Fisher collection of Japanese cloisonné enamels is one of the finest in the world. Comprised largely of pieces created during Japan's "golden age" of decorative art production, this collection features many intricately adorned vases, boxes, and trays worked in gold, silver, and dazzling colored enamels.
This collaboration between the Walters Art Museum and the Zanvyl Krieger Mind-Brain Institute at The Johns Hopkins University is a pioneering study in neuroesthetics, a new approach to the neural basis of the aesthetic experience. Beauty and the Brain is both an exhibition and an experiment.
As it is recounted in the Christian New Testament, the Christmas story is remarkably short on specifics. In rendering the story into pictures, it fell to medieval illuminators to supply the details. Even today, popular representations of these events are based on images that were first devised by the artists of the Middle Ages.
Amita Bhatt is an Indian-American artist based on the East Coast of the United States. Ms. Bhatt's paintings explore a variety of ideas through the metaphors of tantric thought. These large-format paintings reinvent traditional Indian symbolism. Here they are installed in dialog with traditional tantric works of art drawn from the collection of John and Berthe Ford.
This exhibition explores the human need for heroes through the arts of ancient Greece. Statues, reliefs, vases, bronzes and jewelry illustrate the lives of heroes and heroines, including their tasks, adversaries, challenges, failures and private moments. The exhibition features over 100 objects from U.S. and European museums as well as pieces from the Walters' collection.
Inspired by the Walters Art Museum's Heroes exhibition and its emphasis on the myths of Herakles, Odysseus, Achilles and Helen, Art on Purpose presents Heroes in Our Midst, a project about modern-day Baltimore individuals who share attributes with the ancient Greek heroes highlighted in the Walters' exhibition.
Miniature books have delighted and fascinated readers for centuries and continue to be avidly collected today. This exhibition will highlight over 30 small-scale manuscripts and rare books from the Walters' collection, ranging from religious texts, such as the Books of Hours and Korans, to almanacs and books of poetry.
The Walters will present this exhibition of paintings by Baltimore artist Herman Maril (1908-86).
This Manuscript Gallery focus show presents a selection of unusual Books of Hours and explores artistic patronage at the court of King Francis I (1494-1547).
Rembrandt Peale's Portrait of John Meer: A New Addition to the American Art Collection March 4?August 23, 2009
This exhibition features 22 bifolio openings from two new volumes of the Saint John's Bible, along with specially selected manuscripts and objects from the Walters collection.
Romance will be in the air at the Walters Art Museum this winter when Romance of the Rose: Visions of Love in Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts opens in January. The exhibition features lavishly illuminated copies of the Romance of the Rose, a book-length poem from the 13th century written in Old French.
The result of a Walters artist-in-residence program, this focus exhibition features portraits by celebrated American photographer Dawoud Bey, juxtaposed with selected works from the Walters collection.
Discover the ancient secrets of the Walters' mummy, as revealed through the techniques of virtual autopsy. This focus show will feature approximately 20 ancient Egyptian objects depicting images of mummified people, animals, and deities. A section of the installation will focus on the "Mummimania" of the 17th-20th centuries.
Drawing on several examples from the ancient world, this Focus Exhibition explores the work of 19th-century glass artists and their antique inspirations.
Spanning 50 centuries, and including examples from throughout the collection, this exhibition features more than 200 selections from the Walters spectacular jewelry holdings.
Celebrate the beauty of autumn with selections from the Feinberg collection of Japanese paintings from the Edo period.
Discover the secrets of one of the Walters Art Museum's most important works of medieval art. Using both art historical and technical research, this experimental installation?which is part of a larger exhibition project planned at the Walters for the spring of 2011?will focus on the 13th-century reliquary shrine of St. Amandus.
Celebrating a recent gift to the Walters, this exhibition brings to life the art and history of the kingdoms of South Arabia--the legendary land of the Queen of Sheba.
Featuring approximately 20 works by contemporary artist Sonya Clark, this focus exhibition explores the concepts of personal adornment, the creative process, and shifting cultural notions of beauty.
The most ambitious American exhibition devoted to maps in more than 50 years, this special exhibition features some of the world's greatest cartographic treasures.
Working with Baltimore community organizations, schools, and artists, Art on Purpose participants will use a selection of maps from the Walters to inspire mapping projects in Baltimore city neighborhoods.
Scheduled to coincide with the exhibition Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, this focus show will present images from space taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Featuring works by many of the greatest artists of the 18th-20th centuries, this exhibition explores the changing significance of repetition and copying within the French painting tradition.
Selections from the Walters permanent collection of Egyptian, ancient Greek, and Asian art come together for a special look at the repetition of imagery across cultural boundaries.
This focus show, featuring works of art in various media, presents a survey of the various methods of artistic copying popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.
This exhibition celebrates the distinctive and beautiful quilts made by African American women living in the isolated community of Gee's Bend, Alabama.
In conjunction with the special exhibition, Gees Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt, the Walters will feature Linda Day Clark: The Gees Bend Photographs, a stunning exhibition of 25 photographs by Baltimore resident, Linda Day Clark.
The Ottoman Empire was home to a variety of ethnic and religious communities. Despite their cultural differences, these communities shared a sophisticated language of ornament, that each cultural group modified and adapted to its own individual needs and values.
The selection of around twenty-three watercolors, pastels, and drawings includes works by Delacroix, Cezanne, Redon, Klee, Schiele, Mondrian, Matisse, Magritte, Nolde and Dali among others.
Organized by the Walters, this exhibition is devoted to the works of Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875), the foremost animal sculptor of the 19th century. The exhibition will include not only his well-known sculptures, but also his oil and watercolor paintings and sketches.
Showcasing a stunning array of 22 manuscripts from the collection of the Walters Art Museum, this exhibition will present Korans from different regions of the Muslim world, following the development of calligraphy from the ninth to the 19th century.
Magic played an important role in religions of the ancient world. Amulets in particular were believed to posess great power to bring protection, health, luck, and even immortality through their images and symbols.
This exhibition of manuscripts, printed books, and altar furnishings coincides with the celebrations marking the reopening of Baltimore's historic Basilica of the Assumption.
Featuring 37 landscape paintings, this exhibition demonstrates how Courbet was a radical innovator both in the motifs he chose to paint and in the dramatic brushwork of his paintings.
As a companion to the special exhibition Courbet and the Modern Landscape, this small installation includes landscape paintings whose attribution to Gustave Courbet continues to be debated by specialists.
This exhibition introduces visitors to 25 German manuscripts dating from the 9th through the 16th century, many of which have rarely been on display.
This small exhibition featured 20 paintings by famed Baltimore artist Alfred Jacob Miller. In 1837, Baltimore painter Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-74) was hired by Captain William Drummond Stewart, an eccentric Scottish adventurer, to journey to the animal fur-traders' rendezvous in the Green River Valley (in what is now western Wyoming) and to document the trip in paintings.
This exhibition celebrated KAL's 17 years as editorial cartoonist at The Baltimore Sun and his 26 years at The Economist. KAL's renowned cartoons and caricatures, as well as his lesser-known works of sculpture, film, and 3-D animation, were on view. The exhibition featured cartoons illustrating local, national, and international political satire, and covered a broad range of social issues.
These eight miniatures executed during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte's reign in the early 19th century included portraits of Empresses Josephine and Marie-Louise.
Using a wide range of materials, contemporary bookbinder Stanley Sherman creates bindings that provide a portal to the subject matter inside, seducing the reader with beautiful interpretations of their contents.
In a joint venture of the Walters and the Contemporary Museum, Louise Bourgeois--an important and influential living artist--installed 39 sculptures throughout the Walters' galleries, setting her works in dialogue with like-themed cultural artifacts from the museum's collection.
This exhibition showcased manuscripts and rare books pertaining to the study, practice, and administration of the law from the 12th to 15th century.
This small exhibition featured 29 drawings, watercolors, and etchings borrowed from the collection of Mrs. Sigmund Hyman were featured in this focus exhibition.
The exhibition featured approximately 290 objects--including 35 icons--that traced the material and artistic culture of Novgorod from the 9th century, through its golden age in the 14th century, to its eclipse by Moscow in the 16th century.
In conjunction with the reopening of the Walters' magnificent Italian paintings collections, this exhibition showcased the museums impressive collection of Italian Renaissance manuscripts.
This small exhibition of 31 objects, including bronze and marble statuettes, vases, and gems, explores the various winged gods and hybrid creatures in ancient Greek art.
While strong in many types of art, the Walters has only a relatively small number of American works. William Walters first collected American art, but, while living abroad, he became interested in European art and sold most of his American holdings.
This exhibition featured one of the most sumptuous manuscripts ever produced at the Mughal court of India: an illustrated edition of the Khamsa (Quintet of Tales) by Amir Khusraw.
This exhibition displayed 75 French works on paper from the Walters; at the same time, a similar number were on display at The Baltimore Museum of Art.
This exhibition explored how certain markings on, or materials of, book bindings reveal fascinating details about the people who owned and used them.
This major exhibition featured over 40 paintings and 35 drawings by George Stubbs, known for his large-scale paintings of horses. On view was his famous painting Whistlejacket, considered the finest depiction of an individual animal ever painted.
This two-part exhibition examined popular prints from the French Revolutionary period (approximately 1789-93), highlighting how such prints were used, sold, and displayed and exploring the sources for their imagery in popular culture.
This exhibition showcased a recently donated Torah scroll and examined Old and New Testament scripture in different religious traditions. At the center of this exhibition was the museum's most recent manuscript acquisition, a 17th-century Hebrew Torah scroll.
This small exhibition highlighted ancient Egyptian statues carved from wood. In ancient Egypt, carved wooden figures of the deceased were placed in special chambers or niches in tombs.
The innovations made by the painters associated with the Barbizon school led to the development of Impressionism. This exhibition explored the wide range of work of the Barbizon artists (including Théodore Rousseau, Jean-François Millet, Camille Corot, and Charles-François Daubigny), from forest scenes to stormy seascapes, from scenes of bright sunlight to atmospheric moonlight, and from moving pictures of peasant hardship to humorous depictions of leisurely boat trips.