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Video: From Delft to Chicago
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In this video, two artists recreate the Art Institute's Delft vase by employing the same time-tested techniques artists used to create the original. The entire process is illustrated, from preparing...
Video: From Delft to Chicago
Video: Monkeys by Candlelight
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We don't usually think of monkeys and candlelight in the same sentence—but in this video we see how the two come together quite beautifully. A monkey orchestra "performs" amidst the soft glow of...
Video: Monkeys by Candlelight
Video: Coin Production in the Roman World
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Coins were made of pieces of gold, silver, or bronze, known as blanks, which were cast or cut to specific weights. To make a coin, a blank was sandwiched between a pair of dies with engraved designs...
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Video: The Latz Clock by Candlelight
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By the early 18th century, interior decorations became quite lavish, and clock cases, like this design by Jean-Pierre Latz, followed suit. Not simply brilliant in and of itself, the gilding of this...
Video: The Latz Clock by Candlelight
Video: Silversmithing, Part 3—Casting Silver
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Silversmith Ubaldo Vitali pours silver into the complex mold, completing the transformation from hollow wax to silver. He then burnishes and polishes the silver until it shines like Kienle's original...
Video: Silversmithing, Part 3—Casting Silver
Video: Porcelain Kendi, Part 1— Recreating Forming
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Porcelain artist Yuki Nyhan demonstrates the production of a kendi, the unadorned form of the Art Institute's Chinese ewer. She prepares the clay, shapes it, and creates a blank canvas that will...
Video: Porcelain Kendi, Part 1— Recreating Forming
Video: Ancient and Byzantine Mosaic Materials
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In the ancient Mediterranean world, the earliest-known mosaics, which date to the 8th century B.C., were made of large, water-smoothed pebbles arranged in geometric patterns. Over time, they were...
Video: Ancient and Byzantine Mosaic Materials
Video: English Center Table
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Folding tables were invented long before Ikea started selling them. This one, with its elaborately carved border on all four sides, was made in England over 250 years ago. It has a very unusual form...
Video: English Center Table
Video: Porcelain Kendi, Part 2—Painting in Cobalt
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Porcelain artist Yuki Nyhan demonstrates the painting of a kendi, the basic form of the Art Institute's Chinese ewer. She paints botanical designs with cobalt pigment, using different brushes and...
Video: Porcelain Kendi, Part 2—Painting in Cobalt
Video: Making Ancient and Byzantine Mosaics
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There's more to mosaics than meets the eye. The design and arrangement of hundreds or thousands of tesserae (stone or glass cubes) was a complex process involving meticulous planning. However, before...
Video: Making Ancient and Byzantine Mosaics
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