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A look inside the Spencer's "Empire of Things"

The Spencer Museum of Art's new permanent exhibit, “Empire of Things,” explores the concept of collecting through an opulent gathering of art objects ranging from 2,000 B.C. to the modern era, some of which the museum has never before displayed. The exhibit is the latest step of Project Redefine, the Spencer's ongoing effort to reinstall its permanent galleries in new, more theme-inspired ways.

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A 19th-century Chinese screen frames this installation within "Empire of Things," the newest permanent exhibit ...

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This painting by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme, "A Chat by the Fireside," is featured in ...

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"Still-life with Violin and Engraving of Arcangelo Corelli," a circa-1730 Dutch painting, is among artworks ...

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Blue and white porcelain vase with underglazing, from China's Qianlong period (1736-1795). The vase is ...

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"Empire of Things" at the Spencer Museum of Art includes art objects from a variety ...

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"Mrs. Thomas Pelham (Anneta, daughter of Thomas Bridges, wife of Thomas Pelham)," a circa-1720s oil ...

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An installation from "Empire of Things," a new permanent exhibit at the Spencer Museum of ...

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This mid-1700s octant, by Benjamin Martin, England, features brass fitts, ivory scale, original ivory mounted ...

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This portion of the "Empire of Things" exhibit at the Spencer Museum of Art includes ...

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