Clare Rogan

FROM THE VAULT: HIGHLIGHT FROM THE DAVISON ART CENTER

In 1518, the painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) completed his sixth and final etching, Landscape with Cannon. He never returned to the technique of etching again, and scholars have long puzzled why Dürer stopped using this printmaking method. Close examination of Landscape with Cannon raises questions about etching, as well as orientalism, military might,…

FROM THE VAULT

One of the most moving protests against civil war is the lithograph, Guerre Civile (Civil War) drawn by Impressionist artist Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883), and published in 1874. Signed and dated within the image, “Manet 1871,” the dramatic print bears witness to the massacre of the Parisian Communards in 1871 by French government forces. In…

From the Vault: Highlight From the Davison Art Center Collection

Marguerite Gérard (French, 1761-1837) after Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806). To the Genius of Franklin (Au Génie de Franklin), 1778. Etching. Second of two states. Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1996.24.1. R.J. Phil

    In 1778, the 17-year-old Marguerite Gérard (1761–1837) completed an ambitious etching celebrating the American scientist and diplomat Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790). Titled To the Genius of Franklin (Au Génie de Franklin), this print presents Franklin seated in the clouds, dressed in classical robes, surrounded by allegorical figures representing the American revolution and France’s role in…