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Automaton Clock in the Form of Diana on Her Chariot
ca. 1610

This rare and richly decorated automaton clock portrays the Roman goddess of the hunt, Diana, on a chariot pulled by two leopards. Diana has moving eyes connected to the clockwork, and when a mechanism inside the case is wound up, the chariot rolls forward, the two leopards leap, the bird comes forward, and the monkey eats the apple. If all these elements are set in motion, the goddess shoots her arrow. Click here to see a short video of the automaton clock in action.

The most sophisticated Renaissance clocks—many that included automaton figures—were made for Northern European nobility and royal courts by specialist craftsmen in Augsburg in Southern Germany. This clock—which has been recently restored—was also a table carriage, a lavish form of tabletop entertainment during banquets.

The clock was most recently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its exhibition Making Marvels: Art, Technology, and Entertainment at the Courts of Europe.

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Travel Without Leaving Home

Enjoy popular videos of past Gallery programming that
focus on art representing specific geographic locations.

The American West

Tracking Wolves: Science, Wilderness, and Myth in the West
Arthur D. Middleton, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and Fellow of the National Geographic Society, is joined by Ingrid C. Burke, the Carl W. Knobloch, Jr., Dean and Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Jennifer Raab, Associate Professor in the History of Art, in conversation on art, ecology, science, wilderness, and myth in the West. Originally presented in conjunction with the exhibition Matthew Barney: Redoubt.

The Netherlands

Johannes Vermeer’s View of Delft: The Prose and Poetry of View Painting
Johannes Vermeer invented no new subjects; instead, he transformed the familiar subjects he inherited by using techniques that suffused them with a kind of visual magic. The View of Delft, his city view in the collection of the Mauritshuis, The Hague, is based on a long tradition of topographical paintings, none of which has the same unforgettable effect. In this lecture, John Walsh, American art historian, curator and Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, investigates what sets this painting apart. This was the last in the six-part lecture series in 2015 entitled “A History of Dutch Painting in Six Pictures.”
Yale University Art Gallery in the News

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Yale Alumni Magazine, March/April 2020: “Taking Flight



The Yale University Art Gallery is currently closed to the public through April 15, 2020. The Gallery is working in close collaboration with Yale University leadership to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. Please continue to check our website in the coming days and weeks for additional information or changes to the Gallery’s public services. Learn more >

Images: View of the modern and contemporary art galleries, Yale University Art Gallery I Automaton Clock in the Form of Diana on Her Chariot, ca. 1610. Gilt bronze and silver; dials: enamel; case: ebony and gilt bronze; movement: iron and brass. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Mrs. Laird Shields Goldsborough in memory of Mr. Laird Shields Goldsborough, B.A. 1924 | Still from Ingrid C. Burke, Arthur D. Middleton Jennifer Raab, and the Yale University Art Gallery, “Tracking Wolves: Science, Wilderness, and Myth in the West, ” YouTube Video, May 2, 2019, 56:56, https://youtu.be/O-91tRDZnHs I Still from John Walsh and the Yale University Art Gallery, “Lecture 6: Johannes Vermeer’s View of Delft: The Prose and Poetry of View Painting,” YouTube Video, March 2, 2015,1:04:39, https://youtu.be/nUfli8FRz3M | Artist James Prosek installing his latest mural, What Once Was Is No Longer (1851), in the lobby of the Yale University Art Gallery


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