July 15th, 2015
By Raechel Bonomo, AGO communications assistant
The AGO collection contains artworks that can fill entire gallery walls, and this summer they’re joined by works on loan for our current exhibition Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, featuring dozens of panoramic landscapes. At first glance, details in these vast paintings are overshadowed by gargantuan falls and mountains. These hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered, and so we’ve been exploring works from our collection and the landscapes in Picturing the Americas, in search of some gems. We got up close and personal by zooming in on some works, and below you’ll find cropped images of their small-but-mighty details. In this post, it’s the little things that count.
(detail) Two railroad workers in William Brymer's Mount Cheops from Rogers Pass, 1886, oil over graphite on canvas, 60 x 84 in., The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, donated by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jules Loeb
(detail) Two wild dogs in Eugenio Landesio and Jose Maria Velasco's La Hacienda Monte Blanco, propiedad del Sr. Mr. José Amor y Escandón, 1879, oil on canvas, 30.3 x 42.5 in., Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz/Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura/Museo de Arte del Estado de Veracruz
(detail) Boy with his pet dogs in Jasper Francis Cropsey's Starrucca Viaduct, Pennsylvania,1865, oil on canvas, 56.8 x 92.4 cm, Lent by the Toledo Museum of Art, purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest, in memory of her father Maurice A. Scott
(detail) A sleigh ride in Cornelius Krieghoff's Montmorency Falls, 1853, oil on canvas, 36 1/16 x 48 in., The Thomson Collection © Art Gallery of Ontario
(detail) Soldiers in Tobias Verhaecht's Mountain Landscape with Figures, late 1500s to early 1600s, oil on wood, Gift of Joey & Toby tanenbaum, 1995
(detail) This grazing donkey from Bernard Van Orley's Rest on the Flight into Egypt, around 1518, oil on wood, Gift by subscription, 1938
(detail) A spooky skull in a painting attributed to Hans Schuchlin Descent from the Cross, 1490, oil on wood, Gift of Miss L. Aileen Larkin, 1945
(detail) Jolly skaters in Arent (Cabel) Arentsz's Skaters on the Amstel, 1620-25, oil on wood, Bequest of W. Redelmeier, 1956
(detail) An old man in Bernard Van Orley's Rest on the Flight into Egypt, around 1518, oil on wood, Gift by subscription, 1938
(detail) Hunters in Arent (Cabel) Arentsz's Skaters on the Amstel, 1620-25, oil on wood, Bequest of W. Redelmeier, 1956
(detail) A horse ride in Jan Van Goyen's View of Rhenen, 1641, oil on canvas, Purchase, Frank P. Wood Endowment, 1960
On your next visit, we invite you to do the same! Join visitors scoping out details in works throughout the Gallery by posting your discoveries with #AGOdetails and tagging us (@agotoronto) so we can share with our followers. A big tip of the hat to visitors Katie Methot (@KatElizMethot) and Michelle Pinchev (@citybyheart) for sharing their details and inspiring this post!
Picturing the Americas runs until Sept. 7, 2015, at the AGO. Learn more and buy tickets here.
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