Newly updated for the New Year
In September, we received some financial support from the framers Eli Wilner in New York City to create a beautiful, handmade replica frame for one of our most important 19th-century French paintings, Interior of a Mosque by Jean-Léon Gérôme. We just installed it today, and it makes so much difference!
Gérôme was the most popular and influential French academic painter of the second half of the 19th century and a leader among artists specializing in Oriental subjects. During trips to North Africa and the Near East he made countless drawings, which he transformed into paintings like this in his Paris studio. The documentary quality of this masterful work is achieved by Gérôme’s meticulous technique, by his ability to suggest subtle nuances of light and atmosphere, and by his precise evocation of the worshippers in all stages of their devotion, from the initial upright recitation of vows to the final prostration before God.
MAG opens tomorrow at 11:00 am. When you have a chance, take a break and go up to the second floor to the Impressionist Gallery—you’ll see what we mean.