TMA acquires three new works—the acquisitions include a
contemporary fiber artwork, a 16th-century Italian painting and
a 19th-century lithograph
TOLEDO, Jan. 14, 2021: Three major works of art have been added
to the Toledo Museum of Art’s permanent collection: a
fiber artwork titled “Riscos y oro, 2” by Colombian
artist Olga de Amaral; “Saint Francis Adoring the Cross,” an oil painting by
Jacopo Ligozzi; and a five-color lithograph, “Interior
with Pink Wallpaper II,” by Edouard Vuillard.
“These three additions to the Toledo Museum of Art collection
help to broaden the narrative of art history presented at TMA,”
said Adam Levine, Edward Drummond and Florence Scott
Libbey director of the Museum. “The aesthetically significant
works bring new perspective to TMA’s presentation of historic
and contemporary art.”
• “Riscos y oro, 2 (Crags and Gold, 2)”
is a fiber
artwork by Olga de Amaral (b. 1932), a major figure in the craft
world in her native Colombia and North America. De Amaral
attended Cranbrook Academy of Art, which is a particularly
important school for craft art forms – fiber, ceramics and
The object is monumental in scale and represents a transition in
de Amaral’s career; the artist made this in her 50s after she
already had a large body of work. “Riscos y oro, 2” was
created by weaving fiber and painting on top, then adding an
essence of gold leaf. With twisted features and layered
elements, de Amaral creates a craggy landscape capped with an
emerging light, with a nod to the physical landscape of
“This is an important acquisition for TMA, as one of our main
collecting priorities is to diversify and bring underrepresented
artists and artworks into the collection,” said Diane Wright,
senior curator of glass and contemporary craft.
“With ‘Riscos y oro, 2’ we are expanding the art history
narrative of the collection in three areas, adding work by a
Latin American woman artist who is a major influence in the
craft community working in fiber. De Amaral is the first
contemporary Colombian artist to be represented in TMA’s
• Italian painter Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1627) was a
versatile artist who also worked as a painter, draftsman,
illuminator, printmaker and designer of decorative objects. A
devout Catholic, he frequently depicted the life of Saint
Francis as his subject. In “Saint Francis Adoring the Cross” the
saint is represented in intense adoration of a crucifix.
His left hand shows stigmata – the wounds suffered by Christ when
he was nailed to the cross. A halo is visible above his head,
signifying his sainthood. In the lower left, a skull rests on a
stump, a reference to the theme of memento
mori (remember death).
The work is currently installed in one of TMA’s Renaissance
galleries, hanging with chronological companions, including a
roughly contemporaneous rosary decorated with Colombian pearls.
As a court artist of the Medici, Ligozzi frequently illustrated
the Medici’s collection of flora and fauna of the new world.
Ligozzi’s reserved, monochromatic work engages both the brighter
and lighter paintings that surround it but also early modern
narratives of globalization and colonialism.
“‘Saint Francis Adoring the Cross,’ presumably, was
commissioned for a patron’s private devotions, to encourage the
viewer to emulate the extreme religious conviction of the
saint,” said Lawrence W. Nichols, TMA’s William Hutton
senior curator, European and American painting and sculpture
before 1900. “The restricted color palette augments the
painting’s emotional intensity. We are very pleased to have
acquired this painting that fills a significant area in our
Italian painting collection.
While Ligozzi is not a household name, he is an important figure
in this time period, and this acquisition makes Toledo one of
only three U.S. museums with one of his works.”
“Interior with Pink Wallpaper II” is a five-color
lithograph by Edouard Vuillard, a member of the Nabis
(the Hebrew word for prophet). The Nabis were a group of French
painter-printmaker artists active from 1888-1900 and often
credited with paving the way for 20th-century modernism.
Vuillard became a master of color lithography in the 1890s, and
like his Nabis friend Pierre Bonnard, invented a
decorative visual language comprised of competing patterns,
lyrical color and ornament to express everyday life’s intimate
and personal experiences.
This work, along with its companion “Interior with Pink
Wallpaper I,” already in TMA’s collection, belongs to
Vuillard’s suite of 13 lithographs, Landscapes and Interiors.
Widely regarded as Vuillard’s most important work as a
printmaker, the series is also considered a highlight of late
19th-century graphic art. “Vuillard’s ‘Interior with Pink
Wallpaper I & II’ illustrate the innovations in printmaking
introduced during the 1890s by major French artists such as
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and others that led to color
lithography’s acceptance as a fine art medium,” said Robin
Reisenfeld, senior curator, works on paper at TMA.
“Vuillard’s stylistic fondness for rich patterns made up of a web
of dots and hatches, vivid color and ambiguous space is
completely realized in this lithograph; this acquisition allows
us to present a more robust display of the period.”
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