Exhibition | In Miniature

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on September 3, 2014


Joseph Étienne Blerzy, Snuffbox with theatrical scenes of a rope dancer and a puppet show by by Louis Nicolas van Blarenberghe and Henri Joseph van Blarenberghe, 1778–79 (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917; 17.190.1130). A high resolution image is available here»

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Now on at The Met (as noted at Bendor Grosvenor’s Art History News). . .

In Miniature
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 29 August 29 — 31 December 2014

This exhibition will comprise two groups of portrait miniatures: British, from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and French, from the revolutionary period to the Empire. Also included are several eighteenth-century French gold boxes decorated with narratives or scenes in grisaille. All are from the Museum’s permanent collection and, because of their sensitivity to light, are infrequently exhibited. Six larger paintings will be exhibited in order to consider what they may share with the miniatures and to show how they differ. Gallery 624.

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In conjunction with the exhibition, The Met has a Pinterest Board dedicated to “Met Miniatures”. There are lots of things there not included in the exhibition (nor particularly relevant to the exhibition), but notes indicate items that are part of the display. Serving basically as an illustrated checklist with links to the full online catalogue entries, it seems like a fairly obvious use of Pinterest by museums. –CH

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  1. Mia Jackson said, on September 3, 2014 at 10:35 am

    The snuffbox might be by Blerzy but that’s a van Blarenberghe miniature if ever I saw one!

    • Editor said, on September 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks, Mia. Spot on! The Met’s online catalogue entry also supplies the painters: Louis Nicolas van Blarenberghe (French, Lille 1716–1794 Fontainebleau); and Henri Joseph van Blarenberghe (French, Lille 1750–1826 Lille). I simply took the caption from The Met’s Pinterest page; it was laziness on my part not to be more careful. -Craig

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