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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Harvard Art Museums : Room 2240

Harvard Art Museums – Room 2240

Art From Us, Museum Guide #869

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #869 the spotlight is on the Harvard Art Museums’ Room 2240. Showcasing a collection of The Arts in the Eighteenth–Century Atlantic World.

The three works in focus are :

Long- Case Musical Clock, Otto van Meurs, c. 1750-1775
Diana on a Chase, Washington Aliston, 1805
The Colosseum Seen from the Southeast, Gaspar van Wittel, c. 1700

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #869

According to the digital catalogue of the Harvard Art Museums :

“Between 1700 and 1800, thousands of trading ships crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean. Carrying raw materials and finished products, free and enslaved people, and word of new discoveries and scientific advances, these ships circulated a range of ideas and images and linked cities and communities across Britain, Europe, and North and South America into a vast, interconnected culture.”

The works exhibited in this gallery echo the world’s first steps towards globalistion. The gallery and its artworks allude to a time when trade across the oceans was flourishing. The artists of the era referenced the past and the ancient worlds heavily. However, the artistic styles and media they used for this were modern for the time. The trade of materials across distant lands impacted not only economy and industry but also the world of art. There was an increase in access to raw materials across countries.

Apart from being able to source different materials for their art, artists were also able to send their works out far and wide to different audiences. This was arguably also the first step towards the unification of the international art market.

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