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Automaton Clock in the Form of Diana on Her Chariot
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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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.”
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