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Object of the month: Fired Up: Large dish with painted fish, Iran c. 1300

Selected by Luke Syson, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Fritware coated in white glaze painted in lustre and brown paint 12 cm (h) x 45.7 cm (w) Bequeathed by Oscar C.  Raphael  in 1946. Currently on public display in Gallery 33 of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Fired Up. As we emerge from this time of emergency, a global pandemic and the almost miraculously rapid production of vaccines, I’ve been pondering what other, more unexpected, more benign factors in our lives spurs scientific
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Inspired by Nature

From the perspectives of an artist, a curator and a foundry specialist, this talk provides insight into how nature has been a source of inspiration for metalwork past and present. The speakers on this panel work with metals in very different ways. Their discussion will focus on metal through the lens of nature: Junko Mori is an artist whose work draws on nature in startlingly original ways; for Tobias Capwell, a curator of historic armour, its form is conditioned by nature; and for Rungwe Kingdo
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Encountering Beauty: Pigment

Today we’ll be talking about pigment and the ingredients of paint – that is, how a range of coloured substances, usually ground into powders and mixed with oil, water or another type of binder, have been the starting point for paintings from prehistoric murals to Pop art and beyond. We’ll be discussing how far an understanding of pigment has been fundamental to the painting of the past, including how certain colours have been valued or venerated – and we’ll explore what contemporary painters kno
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Object of the Month: Table, c. 1781

My name is Mia Jackson and I am Curator of Decorative Arts at Waddesdon Manor. This small table was made in around 1781 for the personal use of Queen Marie-Antoinette of France by her favoured cabinetmaker Jean-Henri Riesener. I am fickle on the subject of my favourite object in Waddesdon’s Collections, but this table’s minute perfection, its superlative craftsmanship and the romance of its provenance mean it is an object to which I often return, and that I always point out.   It is a small bu
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Through the Eyes of the Maker: Merete Rasmussen

Artist Merete Rasmussen discusses the perpetual draw of working with clay and the mindfulness of her practice. Merete Rasmussen is represented by Pangolin London.

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Material Visions: Bronze | Thicket, Roni Horn, 1989 – 1990

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Material Visions: Stone | The Berliner 'Green Head', c. 350 BCE, Egypt

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