Inventing the Music of Beauty

  • Ginny Ruffner, Inventing the Music of Beauty, 1991, glass, oil paint, colored pencil, and ink, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ann and Thomas Cousins, the James Renwick Alliance, and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1992.81

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Ginny Ruffner believes music is very visual, and sees a conductor of an orchestra as the very embodiment of the way music moves and flows. The figure in this piece, copied from Michelangelo’s Libyan Sibyl in the Sistine Chapel, has a posture similar to that of a conductor, and the flowing lines in the background create an abstract music stave.

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“I’ve learned about the way color is modulated by light and how form is defined by light, [how] shapes only exist because light enables us to perceive them.” Ginny Ruffner, 1998

Title
Inventing the Music of Beauty
Artist
Date
1991
Location
Dimensions
10 1/2 x 21 5/8 x 13 1/4 in. (26.7 x 55.0 x 33.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Ann and Thomas Cousins, the James Renwick Alliance, and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

Mediums
Mediums Description
glass, oil paint, colored pencil, and ink
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1992.81
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