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In the Gallery – Cornelis van der Voort: Portrait of a Lady

AP 1988.2.1- Portrait of a Lady, Cornelis van der Voort, 1617

By Angela Gonzalez,  Curatorial Intern

Cornelis van der Voort was a Flemish artist who settled in the Dutch Republic once his hometown of Antwerp fell captive to the Spanish in 1585. He set up in Amsterdam and became one of the city’s leading portraitists. He was elected head of the Guild of St. Luke which united all the professional painters in that city.

Van der Voort presents a sober, yet elegant portrayal of the affluent Dutch Republic. The woman is dressed in black with white lace rendered in astonishing precision and accuracy. Her portrait is part of a custom double portrait, with her husband’s image to be placed on the left side. Her face is solemn, and her eyes gaze from the canvas in an unflinching manner. The buttons on her dress are painted in gold which run from her neck down to her waist splitting the bottom of the canvas in two. She holds a white textile in her left hand. Adorning her left hand is a double banded ring, complete with a red gem and a blue gem. Cornelis van der Voort and his contemporaries focused on the minute details such as the pattern on a textile, the application of lace to a sleeve or the individual lines that would make up a head full of hair. For the artists in the North, art was all about painstakingly rendering the details. This is evident in Portrait of a Lady.

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#12 Rene-Theodore Berthon – Portrait of Princess Pauline Borghese and the Baroness de Mathiesse

#12 René-Théodore Berthon (French, 1776 – 1859), Portrait of Princess Pauline Borghèse and the Baroness de Mathiesse, c. 1810, oil on canvas, 83 7/8 x 69 ½ in., Museum purchase with Council funds, AP.2002.2.1.

Princess Pauline Borghèse, youngest sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, and her lady companion are the subjects of this large double portrait exhibited in the Salon of 1812.  Berthon was one of the most talented and illustrious students of the Neo-classical artist Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) who introduced the young artist to Napoleon when he was First Consul.

Pauline is seen as an important tastemaker of the day attired in the trendiest fashion of the time, namely an Empire-style dress and shawl inspired by designs created in the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece and Rome.

“I am such a big fan of that style and period of art. The mood of the portrait is so gentle, soft, almost delicate. I feel like I want to sit down with these two ladies. The detail is so intricate, you could almost feel the lace on the dress.” – Robin Albaneze



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It’s Art Festival Season at The Guardian Catholic Schools

As many of you know, the education department at The Cummer sees thousands of students every school year. Students visit the museum for tours and we visit some schools for outreach lessons. Every year we look forward to hosting art festivals for two of our beloved schools, St. Pius V Catholic School and Holy Rosary Catholic School, members of The Guardian Catholic Schools. They make up our Project Augusta Savage program.

Students spend the academic year studying works of art, learning about The Cummer, and creating their own works of art that reflect what they learned. Teachers participate in professional development at The Cummer, learning ways to integrate art into their classroom curricula.

When May comes around, educators are busy preparing for art festival activities to kick off the year. We set up the cafeteria with art stations where students celebrate their love of art by creating works of their own. Our loyal docent corps lends a hand, too. This year, students painted fish using a crayon resist technique and recalled their visit to the St. Johns River. Each class worked together to color Portrait of a Lady by Cornelius van der Voort with oil pastels. Finally, they created a collage using origami paper with patterns like the ones they saw in Beyond Ukiyo-e: Japanese Woodblock Prints and their Influence on Western Art.

Holy Rosary students color and paint their fish


St. Pius 8th graders show off their Portrait of a Lady



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Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors

Written by Caitlyn Gutierrez, Curatorial Intern

Morris, Hoppner, Lady Charlotte

John Hoppner, Portrait of Lady Charlotte Percy, Countess of Ashburnham, 1794, oil on canvas, from the collection of Mr. Billy Morris

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens would like to present our more recent exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors. In recent years this exhibition quickly became one of our most popular shows with visitors, showcasing prominent local collectors and the great variety of artworks of all ages and media found in our city. This year, we are thrilled to extend the exhibition into two galleries – the Raymond and Minerva K. Mason Gallery and the Thomas H. Jacobsen Gallery of American Art.

Jacbosen,Richardt, Niagra FallsThis new version of the exhibition is composed of nearly 90 works of art from almost 30 collectors, and includes paintings, sculptures, pottery, glass, photographs, watercolors, and ethnographic objects. These objects range in date from the 17th through the 21st centuries and represent the work of artists from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

In an effort to get a glimpse “Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors,” the staff at the Cummer Museum let nearly thirty local collectors take charge. Not only were these individuals tasked with selecting works from their collections, they were asked to address the larger concepts of why they collect and why art matters, both personally and for the community at large.  Their stories are told throughout the exhibition, and photographs by Jacksonville’s Ingrid Damiani show the collectors in their private spaces.

This exhibiton is on view through September 14, 2014.

Free admission is available on Florida Blue Free Tuesdays at the Cummer from 4 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday, as well as the first Saturday of each month for Weaver First Saturday Free For All.

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Folio Weekly Exhibition Artist Highlight: Marcy Appelbaum

Each week, The Cummer will be highlighting each of the 50 artists represented in the upcoming Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibition, on view at the Museum from August 24 – December 2.

Marcy Appelbaum, Family Series/Americana, Jr Lady Triathlete, 2011, Color Photograph, 12 x 18 in., Courtesy of the Artist.

Marcy Appelbaum, Family Series/Americana, Jr Lady Triathlete, 2011, Color Photograph, 12 x 18 in., Courtesy of the Artist.

Marcy Appelbaum, a Jacksonville resident for nearly 25 years, is a free-lance Pulitzer Prize nominee and a Florida State and National award-winning photographer.  She is a gifted visual storyteller.

“Documenting people and their lives allows me to capture who people are at any given moment in time. Their connections to each other — and ultimately to my audience — makes me grateful to my subjects and the candor they give to my lens, memorializing those brief moments in time that the eye can often miss or that we’re otherwise too busy to notice ”

Appelbaum worked as a staff photojournalist at The Jacksonville Business Journal, The Daytona Beach News Journal, The DeLand Sun News, and The Florida Times Union for several years and entered into the digital world early on.

Recent shows include Strike Jax, an on-going participation in the international traveling show The M.I.L.K. (Moments in Intimacy, Laughter and Kinship) Book Series, and Women in Photojournalism.  Although her passion is black and white, the Folio Weekly Invitational Artists Exhibit at The Cummer marks her first showing in digital color. Her work has been published in many publications, including Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Golf Digest, and Child Magazine.  She is currently available for on location assignments, life cycle events, and portraiture.

Join us for the opening night celebration for this exhibition on Friday, August 24th.  Purchase $5 tickets on our website by clicking here.  Museum members will receive free admission.

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