Ring of Pope Paul II, 1464–71. Italy (Rome). Blue glass mounted in gilt brass. At the corners of the bezel are emblems of the four Evangelists, and on the sides are the shield of Paul II and that of the French crown. Papal rings may have been used at investitures or in establishing diplomatic credentials.
William Merritt Chase, (American, 1849–1916). Carmencita, 1890. Gift of Sir William Van Horne, 1906 (06.969) | Carmencita, the dancer known as "The Pearl of Seville," made her New York debut in 1889 and was besieged with requests for private performances. John Singer Sargent arranged for her to perform in Chase's Tenth Street studio on April 1, 1890. After this memorable recital, Chase painted this lively portrait of her, showing her in motion as she clicks her castanets in her hands. #dance
Pendant reliquary with depiction of the Annunciation, 17th century, Spanish, gold, enamel, rubies, crystal, pearl, rock crystal, 2 7/8 x 1 3/16 x 7/16 in. (7.3 x 3 x 1.1 cm); H. without ring: 2-5/8 in. (6.7 cm), The tiny enameled-gold figures surrounded by gems represent the Virgin, kneeling at her prie-dieu, and the angel of the Annunciation, with his words of greeting, "AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA" (Hail, Mary, full of grace), inscribed on the relic case below.
Pendant Reliquare with depiction of the Annunciation Date: 17th century Culture: Spanish Medium: Gold, enamel, rubies, crystal, pearl, rock-crystal Dimensions: 2 7/8 x 1 3/16 x 7/16 in. (7.3 x 3 x 1.1 cm); H. without ring: 2-5/8 in. (6.7 cm) Classification: Metalwork-Gold Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 Accession Number: 17.190.872 This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 535