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Turkish bath towel (Pestamal) , c. 1800

Turkish bath towel (Pestamal) , c. 1800. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bequest of Miss Elizabeth W. Lewis, , 1899 1899-231

I discovered this image when running a keyword search for ‘ottoman’ years ago and was pleasantly surprised to find that not only is it a beautiful example of needlework, but the image is so detailed that when zooming into it, you can closely examine every one of the stitches.

Kimberly Henrikson, Senior Support Services Manager

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The Unicorn in Captivity (ca. 1495-1505)

The Unicorn in Captivity (ca. 1495-1505). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937 (37.80.6)

I chose this image, in part, because of the collection it’s in. The Cloisters is one of those places that makes New York magical. A medieval cloister set in uptown Manhattan, it offers a escape from the bustle of postmodern life in the city. Also, who doesn’t love unicorns?

Siân Evans, Library Relations Associate

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Charles Emile Carlègle and John Redfern,  “Le Cachemire Vert - Robe du soir, de Redfern” (1912)

Charles Emile Carlègle (illustrator) and John Redfern (costume designer), “Le Cachemire Vert - Robe du soir, de Redfern,” plate IX from Gazette du Bon Ton, Volume 1, No. 1, November 1912. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, image and catalog data provided by Allan T. Kohl.

The Redfern robe du soir illustrated in this early fashion magazine is representative of the couture designs of the Belle Époque in France, the Edwardian Era in the United Kingdom, and the Gilded Age in the United States. Although this was published in November of 1912 – seven months after the Titanic sank – one can imagine many first-class women wearing similar evening gowns when rescued. It is likely that some were wearing designs by international couturière Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, who herself made a controversial escape with her husband from the ill-fated luxury liner.

Kristine Heid-Santiago, ARTstor Metadata Associate

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Sir Thomas Lawrence, Elizabeth Farren, Later Countess of Derby (1790). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Edward S. Harkness, 1940 (50.135.5)

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Elizabeth Farren, Later Countess of Derby (1790). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Edward S. Harkness, 1940 (50.135.5)

Introducing ARTstor staff pick of the week, featuring an image from the Digital Library chosen by a different member of our team.

This week, Dustin Wees, ARTstor’s Director of Metadata and Cataloging, chooses Sir Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of Elizabeth Farren. Dustin writes: “The fresh air, the shimmering fabric and sumptuous fur, the glance in our direction, and the wealth of rapid brushstrokes bring to life this celebrated actress on the London stage. The artist, only 21 when he completed this life-size “study in white,” merges the theatricality of paint with the theatricality of pose and dress.”

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