We hope you enjoyed our Signs of Spring in Our Collection quiz. The answers to where the images come from are below.
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). Portrait of Dora Wheeler, 1882-1883. Gift of Mrs. Boudinot Keith in memory of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1921.1239. The full pot of daffodils seems to set off Dora Wheeler’s blue dress. The rich textiles in the painting are a nod to the sitter’s future career as a textile design.
Jacques Louis David (French, 1748-1825). Cupid and Psyche, 1817. Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1962.37
Cupid is trying to sneak away unnoticed as his mortal lover, Psyche, dozes. The butterfly aloft is a symbol of Psyche.
Wine Flask, 17th century. Korea, Joseon period (1392-1910). John L. Severance Fund 1999.44
Plum trees, such as those on this refined Wine Flask, are one of the earliest to bloom in the spring.
Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (Dutch, 1573-1621). Flowers in a Glass, 1606. Gift of Carrie Moss Halle in memory of Salmon Portland Halle 1960.108. Flower of four seasons are arranged a simple studded glass. Interspersed as butterflies, snails, and a caterpillar.
Firm of Peter Carl Fabergé (Russian, 1846-1920), fabricated by Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin (Russian, 1860-1903). Ladybug Box, 1896-1903. The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.465. Wealthy Russians loved to purchase animals from the firm of Fabergé included this Ladybug box.
Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Spring Flowers, 1864. Gift of the Hanna Fund 1953.155Monet’s interest in light, with the sparkles off the leaves and petals, can be seen in this display of Spring flowers.