Mango Tree Unlocks the Identity of an Indian Goddess

Written by Dr. Katherine Anne Paul, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art In preparation for the upcoming Eivor and Alston Callahan Asian Art Lecture on Saturday, February 29, I have been reviewing the Museum’s Indian art collection for depictions of plants and flowers. Looking at this exquisite sandstone carving I […]

John Flaxman

BMA Librarian Laura Woodard shares information about one of the many rare books found in the library’s collection.

Adoration of the Shepherds

In this month’s Spotlight on the Collection, Curator of European Art Robert Schindler explores a rare painting by Dutch artist Bartholomeus Breenbergh.

Kabuki Portrait

When this print was put on view, the Kabuki actors were not yet identified. Now their history can be told. Written by Dr. Katherine Anne Paul, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art  Kabuki was—and remains—an action-packed theater style. Today and historically, Kabuki actors (like some American movie stars) develop a […]

Corn Maiden

Emily Hanna, Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, highlights a recent acquisition for this month’s Spotlight on the Collection.

Trapezium Altar

Beverly Pepper’s Trapezium Altar (1985-1986) stands in the Upper Plaza of the Museum like a shrine to an ancient god—or perhaps like a giant tuning fork, or even a rusty tool.

The Farmers

Joan Bankemper’s The Farmers is a feat of ceramic sculpture that tells a colorful story of nature and the healing power of the land.

The First Decade of Le Matin, temps brumeux, Pourville

Provenance is an artwork’s history of ownership from its creation to the present. More than a list of names, provenance reveals the intricate history of an object and how a work is understood at different times. New research on the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Le Matin, temps brumeux, Pourville (Foggy Morning at Pourville) by Claude […]


Written by Angela May, Assistant Curator of Education How do you depict a goddess so loved and revered that she is worshipped by Hindus, Jains, and even some Buddhist sects? Her image would have to transcend the ideals held by any one specific group to become an icon recognized by all. So who is this […]