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  • Beyond the Frame: Symphony of Solitude

    • Art
    • Beyond the Frame
    • Collections
    • Environmental Conservation

    The title of this work, “Marine Totem with Osprey Nest”, carries a reverence. The idea of a totem invokes a spirituality, rooted in the indigenous belief of humankind’s kinship with nature. More secularly, this concept describes something that acts as a respected symbol.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Symphony of Solitude

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, we examine a work by outdoorsman artist Barclay Sheaks and explore the concept of reflecting upon the natural world and the issues affecting it as well as humankind's inherent bond with nature.

  • Beyond the Frame: The World Beyond

    • Art
    • Beyond the Frame
    • Collections

    At many times in our lives, things are very rarely what they seem to be. We tend to look around, quickly form an opinion, and move on. But all that truly gives us is an often inaccurate version of reality. But if we stop and take the time to observe and learn, we can see the bigger picture. I have to admit, when I was first introduced to the world of maritime art, I was quick to judge.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: The World Beyond

    This mysterious ca. 1898 work by famed ship portraitist Antonio Jacobsen breaks the mold of what we might think of ship portraits and challenges us to look deeper and ask questions in search of the truth.

  • Beyond the Frame: Uniquely Jane

    • Art
    • Beyond the Frame
    • Collections
    • Women's History

    A square painting filled to bursting with spectacular color and energy hangs on a rack in painting storage. Every time I pass this rack, it catches my eye and I say to myself “I need to wait on this one”. But these pieces have a special way of working themselves into my head and so on a gloomy late winter day I decided it was time.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Uniquely Jane

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, we are mesmerized by this colorful paradise. A symphony of bold, brilliant hues dance and dazzle through the quick but sure brushstrokes of "Gloucester Harbor" by Jane Peterson.

  • I say Mortella. You say Martello.

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    Sometimes the quirks of technology can reveal something really interesting! While compiling a list of objects in our Collection related to submarines, our Collections Management System threw me a curveball.

  • Beyond the Frame: Everything

    • Art
    • Beyond the Frame
    • Collections

    This episode is a pretty big departure from the normal “structure” of Beyond the Frame. This is for a few reasons, and I want to share those with you. I like to try to give extra context with these blogs when I can and this is an episode that I think deserves a little extra context.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Everything

    We explore the life of Horace Havemeyer III and how his battle with a rare illness led him to seek art therapy, resulting in a huge body of work. There are times when we find special meaning in looking at the minutiae of a work, but in order to truly understand Horace's work, his life, and his journey, we need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

  • Ortelius Atlas

    The illustrations in this atlas include many interesting and colorful subjects like mermaids, shipwrecks, sea monsters, and polar bears!

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