In the details

Stunning from a distance, these works from the MFAH collection also merit close and careful examination.

In this portrait, Copley surrounds his sitter with the signs of privilege, wealth, and social standing expected of 18th century aristocratic portraiture. He was likely the heir of a wealthy family.
This portrait shows Rembrandt's technical genius: he varied his brushstrokes, contrasted translucent and opaque areas, and defined certain details while leaving others vague.
This intricate necklace was made in the Buleleng regency in Bali, Indonesia. Commissioned by the palace of Singaraja, it would have been worn by a king in a royal ceremony or wedding to signify power.
In the last decades of Monet's life, his prized water garden at Giverny became a subject the artist deeply explored. He would go on to paint it over 250 times between 1900 and his death in 1926.
Here Renoir evokes rich textures in a sumptuous color harmony. Not merely visually pleasing, the work also features an etching by Manet after Velazquez, showing Renoir's artistic knowledge.
This sarcophagus features a battle between soldiers and warrior women of the ancient world. The presence of trophies and prisoners indicates that it was likely intended for a Roman military leader.
The Siyer-i Nebi is a Turkish epic about the life of Muhammad. This lavish version of the story was illustrated by the calligrapher Lutfi Abdullah and was commissioned by Ottoman ruler Murad III.
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