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Check out our free online drawing, writing, and mindful looking classes.
Explore Julia Alvarez's novel In the Time of the Butterflies
in front of Marie Watt's artwork Butterfly
(in The Light Show
) at the Denver Art Museum's Drop-In Writing program on October 22.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop is hosting Denver's 2019 NEA Big Read at events throughout town through November 6. This year, the book is by Julia Alvarez. At our Drop-In Writing program this month, Suzi Q. Smith, poet and community engagement coordinator at Lighthouse, will be using writing prompts related to the book.
Editor's Note: You can enjoy the coloring activity and see the Hayagriva Mandala in
The Light Show through March 7, 2021.
At the Denver Art Museum, we have in our collection one of very few Tibetan sand mandalas to be permanently installed in a museum. They are traditionally dismantled after construction as a symbolic reference to the impermanence of life and the transitory nature of life in Buddhist thought.
Thank you to everyone who entered this contest. We saw so many great photos! Photography curator Eric Paddock said, "This was a really fun and interesting experience. There was so much energy among the participating artists, and so many great pictures, that it was awfully hard to settle on a final group.
Looking for a creative outlet? Join instructor Anna Kaye at the Denver Art Museum for Drop-In Drawing sessions on the second Tuesday of each month.
Note: This contest is now closed.
Contemporary landscape photography from around the world is surveyed in the Denver Art Museum’s summer exhibition New Territory: Landscape Photography Today. The exhibition reflects on the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time through “observed” and “constructed” landscape imagery.
We challenge you to capture the essence of New Territory
through a single photograph. The museum’s photography department will review submissions to select the top 10 photographs.
This article tells the story of how the Denver Art Museum conserved this map. To learn more about the map itself read this article. No longer on view.
History, Artistry & Science
Traditional conservation embodies what I like to refer to as the “holy trinity” of disciplines: history, artistic competency, and science.
Note: This blog was originally published in 2015. Since these objects are on view in
Stampede: Animals in Art, we are republishing it.
Now on view in Stampede: Animals in Art
are three exquisitely crafted kings on horseback made in Ecuador in the 1700s. They were once part of a larger Christmas nativity scene that illustrated the biblical story of the birth of Jesus. First displayed in Europe in the 1500s, three-dimensional nativity scenes included the Holy Family—Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus—with angels, animals, shepherds, and the three kings.
These videos tell the story of how curators, conservators, and educators worked to conserve The Virgin of Valvanera (on view in Revealing a Mexican Masterpiece: The Virgin of Valvanera)
, a painting created in the 1700s.
Entering its seventh year, the Bank of America Art Conservation Project has funded more than 100 projects in 29 countries, on six continents. In 2016, the Denver Art Museum was among 21 institutions to receive one of these prestigious grants.
Artists have used varnishes to coat their paintings since the 1400s—some claim as early as the eleventh century. Varnishes serve to saturate the paint colors, provide some degree of protection for the paint surface, and to impart an even surface sheen.
For a painting that is over 300 years old, The Virgin of Valvanera
is in remarkably good condition. One would fully expect that a painting of this age has undergone several attempts at restoration (by both skilled and amateur hands). Contrary to what is usually the case, this painting has not incurred major structural damage in the form of tears or losses, has never been lined (i.e. attached to a secondary canvas or solid support material), and has not been severely over-cleaned or extensively repainted.