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Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul

Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul

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.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize 2017 Finalists’ Exhibition

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize 2017 Finalists' Exhibition

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: 19th-Century Drawing

Training the Eye: 19th-Century Drawing

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.

Association of Independent Maryland and D.C. Schools (AIMS) Student Art Exhibition

Association of Independent Maryland and D.C. Schools (AIMS) Student Art Exhibition

The Walters Art Museum is excited to host exhibitions on the museum’s Sculpture Court that highlight artworks by students.

Ferocious Beauty: Wrathful Deities from Tibet and Nepal

Ferocious Beauty: Wrathful Deities from Tibet and Nepal

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.

A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe

A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe

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.

Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling

Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling

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.

A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli

A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli

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.

Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker

Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker

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.

Gérôme and His Circle: Travel, Art, and Business in the Middle East

Gérôme and His Circle: Travel, Art, and Business in the Middle East

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.

Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts

Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts

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

Gold of the Ancient Americas

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.

Rinehart’s Studio: Rough Stone to Living Marble

Rinehart's Studio: Rough Stone to Living Marble

This spring, the Walters story continues with an exhibition exploring the workshop of 19th-century sculptor William Henry Rinehart.

From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print

From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print

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.

Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts

Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts

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.

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize 2014 Finalists

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize 2014 Finalists

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.

American Artists Abroad

American Artists Abroad

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.

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

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.

Bookbindings from the Gilded Age

Bookbindings from the Gilded Age

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.

Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum

Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum

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.

Jacob Lawrence’s Genesis Series

Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series

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.

Living by the Book: Monks, Nuns and Their Manuscripts

Living by the Book: Monks, Nuns and Their Manuscripts

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.

Site Unseen. Gregory Vershbow

Site Unseen. Gregory Vershbow

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 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition

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.

New Eyes on America: Student Response

New Eyes on America: Student Response

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.

New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville

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.

Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue

Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo's Ben Ezra Synagogue

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.

Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Silversmiths of Yemen

Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Silversmiths of Yemen

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.

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe

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.

Student Response Show: Facing Our Community

Student Response Show: Facing Our Community

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.

The Two Planets - Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

The Two Planets - Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

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.

Paradise Imagined: The Garden in the Islamic and Christian World

Paradise Imagined: The Garden in the Islamic and Christian World

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.

Public Property

Public Property

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

Doodle 4 Google

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.

Hashiguchi Goyo’s Beautiful Women

Hashiguchi Goyo's Beautiful Women

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.

Near Paris: The Watercolors of Léon Bonvin

Near Paris: The Watercolors of Léon Bonvin

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.

Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift

Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift

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.

Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture: Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes

Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture: Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes

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.

Thai Story: The Vessantara Jataka

Thai Story: The Vessantara Jataka

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.

Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes

Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes

LOST for centuries. FOUND by the Walters Art Museum. Discover how an international team of experts resurrected the hidden manuscript of the ancient world's greatest thinker, Archimedes of Syracuse.
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Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist’s Journey through Amnesia

Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist's Journey through Amnesia

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.

The Art of the Writing Instrument from Paris to Persia

The Art of the Writing Instrument from Paris to Persia

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.

Setting Sail: Drawings of the Sea from the Walters’ Collection

Setting Sail: Drawings of the Sea from the Walters' Collection

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.

Realistic Perfection: The Making of Oriental Ceramic Art

Realistic Perfection: The Making of Oriental Ceramic Art

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".

Relics and Reliquaries Reconsidered

Relics and Reliquaries Reconsidered

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.

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe

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.

German Drawings from the Walters’ Collection

German Drawings from the Walters' Collection

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.

Beasts on Parchment: Picturing Animals in Medieval Manuscripts

Beasts on Parchment: Picturing Animals in Medieval Manuscripts

This exhibition will explore the variety of beasts that swarm, creep, and scramble across the pages of medieval manuscripts and their allegorical significance.

Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic

Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic

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.

Great Illustrations: Drawings and Books from The Walters’ Collection

Great Illustrations: Drawings and Books from The Walters’ Collection

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.

Checkmate! Medieval People at Play

Checkmate! Medieval People at Play

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: Work by Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry

Bearing Witness: Work by Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry

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.

Expanding Horizons: Recent Additions to the Drawings Collection

Expanding Horizons: Recent Additions to the Drawings Collection

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.

Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

This exhibition showcases masterpieces of illuminated and illustrated manuscripts produced in Islamic lands from the ninth to the nineteenth century.

Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Stephen W. Fisher Collection

Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Stephen W. Fisher Collection

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.

Beauty and the Brain: A Neural Approach to Aesthetics

Beauty and the Brain: A Neural Approach to Aesthetics

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.

The Christmas Story: Picturing the Birth of Christ in Medieval Manuscripts

The Christmas Story: Picturing the Birth of Christ in Medieval Manuscripts

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.

Desire. Destruction. Transcendence

Desire. Destruction. Transcendence

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.

Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

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.

Art On Purpose:  Heroes in Our Midst

Art On Purpose: Heroes in Our Midst

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.

Shrunken Treasures: Miniaturization in Books and Art

Shrunken Treasures: Miniaturization in Books and Art

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.

Herman Maril: An American Modernist

Herman Maril: An American Modernist

The Walters will present this exhibition of paintings by Baltimore artist Herman Maril (1908-86).

Prayers in Code

Prayers in Code

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

Rembrandt Peale's Portrait of John Meer

Rembrandt Peale's Portrait of John Meer: A New Addition to the American Art Collection March 4?August 23, 2009

The Saint John’s Bible

The Saint John's Bible

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.

The Romance of the Rose

The Romance of the Rose

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.

Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project

Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project

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.

Mummified

Mummified

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.

Salviati and the Antique

Salviati and the Antique

Drawing on several examples from the ancient world, this Focus Exhibition explores the work of 19th-century glass artists and their antique inspirations.

Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry

Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry

Spanning 50 centuries, and including examples from throughout the collection, this exhibition features more than 200 selections from the Walters spectacular jewelry holdings.

Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors

Celebrate the beauty of autumn with selections from the Feinberg collection of Japanese paintings from the Edo period.

The Special Dead: A Medieval Reliquary Revealed

The Special Dead: A Medieval Reliquary Revealed

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.

Faces of Ancient Arabia

Faces of Ancient Arabia

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.

Sonya Clark: Loose Strands, Tight Knots

Sonya Clark: Loose Strands, Tight Knots

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.

Maps: Finding Our Place in the World

Maps: Finding Our Place in the World

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.

Maps on Purpose

Maps on Purpose

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.

Mapping the Cosmos

Mapping the Cosmos

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.

Déjà Vu?  Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces

Déjà Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces

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.

Recurrence

Recurrence

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.

The Repeating Image in Renaissance and Baroque Art

The Repeating Image in Renaissance and Baroque Art

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.

Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt

Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt

This exhibition celebrates the distinctive and beautiful quilts made by African American women living in the isolated community of Gee's Bend, Alabama.

Linda Day Clark: The Gee’s Bend Photographs

Linda Day Clark: The Gee's Bend Photographs

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.

Ottoman Embroideries and Other Ornament

Ottoman Embroideries and Other Ornament

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.

Floral Still Lifes from the Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

Floral Still Lifes from the Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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.

Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye

Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye

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.

Speaking the Word of God: Illuminated Korans from the Walters Art Museum

Speaking the Word of God: Illuminated Korans from the Walters Art Museum

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.

Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt

Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt

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.

"For This Is My Body": The Medieval Missal

"For This Is My Body": The Medieval Missal

This exhibition of manuscripts, printed books, and altar furnishings coincides with the celebrations marking the reopening of Baltimore's historic Basilica of the Assumption.

Courbet and the Modern Landscape

Courbet and the Modern Landscape

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.

Courbet/Not Courbet

Courbet/Not Courbet

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.

Schatzkammer: Henry Walters’ German Manuscripts

Schatzkammer: Henry Walters' German Manuscripts

This exhibition introduces visitors to 25 German manuscripts dating from the 9th through the 16th century, many of which have rarely been on display.

Alfred Jacob Miller and the Western Indians

Alfred Jacob Miller and the Western Indians

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.

Mightier Than the Sword: The Satirical Pen of KAL

Mightier Than the Sword: The Satirical Pen of KAL

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.

Portrait Miniatures of the Napoleonic Era

Portrait Miniatures of the Napoleonic Era

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.

Interpretation by Design: Contemporary Bookbindings by Stanley M. Sherman

Interpretation by Design: Contemporary Bookbindings by Stanley M. Sherman

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.

Louise Bourgeois: Femme

Louise Bourgeois: Femme

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.

The Art of Law

The Art of Law

This exhibition showcased manuscripts and rare books pertaining to the study, practice, and administration of the law from the 12th to 15th century.

The Ashcan School

The Ashcan School

This small exhibition featured 29 drawings, watercolors, and etchings borrowed from the collection of Mrs. Sigmund Hyman were featured in this focus exhibition.

Sacred Arts and City Life

Sacred Arts and City Life

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.

Dressed in Gold

Dressed in Gold

In conjunction with the reopening of the Walters' magnificent Italian paintings collections, this exhibition showcased the museums impressive collection of Italian Renaissance manuscripts.

Things with Wings

Things with Wings

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.

The Walters American Collection

The Walters American Collection

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.

Pearls of the Parrot

Pearls of the Parrot

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.

The Essence of Line

The Essence of Line

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.

The Closed Book

The Closed Book

This exhibition explored how certain markings on, or materials of, book bindings reveal fascinating details about the people who owned and used them.

Stubbs and the Horse

Stubbs and the Horse

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.

Popular Prints from the French Revolution

Popular Prints from the French Revolution

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.

The Early History of the Bible

The Early History of the Bible

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.

Carved for Immortality

Carved for Immortality

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 Road to Impressionism

The Road to Impressionism

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.

Eureka! The Archimedes Palimpsest

Eureka! The Archimedes Palimpsest

The centerpiece of this focus exhibition was the Archimedes Palimpsest which contains the only surviving Greek text of Archimedes' "On Floating Bodies". Read more information about continuing research on the Archimedes Palimpsest.