Discoveries in the Photoarchive

  • The Allegorical Frescoes of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua

    The theme of this extensive fresco cycle—which is comprised of more than 300 scenes—is human life as regulated by the heavens.

  • St. Lawrence Recovered

    The Photoarchive allows researchers to trace the history of a work of art; the image of St. Lawrence by Niccolò di Buonaccorso of Siena reproduced at left offers an instructive example of this crucial aspect of our collection.

  • Forgotten Folk Songs

    In 1932 Juliana Force, the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, commissioned Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975) to create a series of eight murals for the library of the museum. While six panels from this series survive, two ceiling panels are unlocated. It is feared that they have been destroyed.

  • The Parthenon in 1667

    This detailed sketch, based on George Wheeler’s topographical drawing of 1667, documents the appearance of the Parthenon just a few years before Venetian forces shelled the Acropolis during the Republic’s struggle to take the city from the Ottomans in 1687.

  • Drawing Lost in Spanish Civil War

    This stunning pen and wash drawing of the Coronation of the Virgin signed by the seventeenth-century Spanish master Francisco Herrera the Younger (called "el Mozo") was part of a valuable collection of drawings housed in the Real Instituto de Jovellanos in Gijón, Spain, that was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.

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