A Greek Embroidered Band

In 1953, Cooper-Hewitt received from Richard C. Greenleaf (1887–1961) a gift of twelve pieces of embroidery and lace. One piece was an unusual band made in the Greek Islands in the eighteenth century. Embroidered using long-armed cross stitch in red silk on cream-colored linen, a portion of the design was copied from a much older pattern by the Italian designer Giovanni Andrea Vavassore (1510–1572). His book of embroidery designs, Esemplario di lavori or "Models of works" was published in 1532.
band, Greece, Vavassore, embroidery, pattern book

Hauntingly Beautiful: Frederic Edwin Church’s Parthenon Sketch

Home of the mythological goddess Athena, the Parthenon is a hauntingly sacred place where the air is ominously rife with magic. Or, at least, that is the mood evoked in Frederic Edwin Church’s (1826-1900) oil sketch of the Parthenon. To create this effect, Church chose to paint the building from below, giving the impression that it looms over the viewer. In reality, this particular view of the Parthenon does not exist, but is rather contrived from composite views and memory. The contrast of red and blue illumination was also almost certainly invented by the artist.
Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, Parthenon, Hudson River School, Romanticism, artificial lighting, Greece, composite view, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American landscape, Architecture, columns, icebergs, nature, Athena, mythology, paintings

Gold of Greece: Jewelry and Ornaments from the Benaki Museum

This exhibition traces the evolution of Hellenism through Greece's gold craftsmanship. The objects on display date from the 15th century BC through the late 19th century, providing comprehensive coverage of the technical developments and aesthetic tastes of each period.  Organized by the Benaki Museum, Athens, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Greece, gold, jewelry, ornament, traveling exhibitions