Today’s post comes from Allie Verdesca, Summer Pindyck Intern and Vassar College Class of 2022.

Taking classes remotely and missing the Loeb? Looking to add a little bit of artistic flair to your online presence? Check out some Loeb artworks we’ve selected that work ideally for Zoom backgrounds and fill your meeting with creativity!

Missing Vassar’s iconic main gate? Check out this beautiful painting, Taylor Hall, Vassar College, by Clarence Kerr Chatterton, the professor who started Vassar’s studio art program.

Clarence Kerr Chatterton American, 1880-1973, Taylor Hall, Vassar College, 1915, Oil on canvas, Anonymous gift, in honor of Louise Boyd Lichtenstein Dale and Margaret Pollard Smith, 1977.19.

Seeking an escape to the country? Use this etching, Cottage and Hay Barn, by Rembrandt van Rijn, to transport your Zoom meeting into a pastoral setting. 

Rembrandt van Rijn Dutch, 1606-1669, Landscape with Cottage and Hay Barn: Oblong, 1641, Etching, Gift of Mrs. Felix M. Warburg and her children, 1941.1.73.

Got an itch to travel? Katsushika Hokusai’s Fuji from ‘Seven Ri Coast’ will transport you and your meeting attendees to Mount Fuji and the Japanese coastline. 

Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, 1760-1849, Fuji from ‘Seven-ri coast’ (36 Views of Mt. Fuji), 1830-1834, Color woodblock print, X.194.

Searching for a reason to get dressed up, and seeking a Zoom background with a little more pizazz? Join the scene in artist Yoshinogu’s Ladies of Fashion: Japanese Ladies in Western Dress

Yoshinogu, Japanese, Ladies of Fashion – Japanese Ladies in Western Dress, 1850s, Woodblock print, Gift of Robert S. Black, in memory of Barbara Bell Black, class of 1924, 1994.13.9.

Feeling nostalgic? Put yourself in the shoes of an early Vassar student and use The Apartment of the Art Gallery, Vassar College, by an unknown American painter, as a backdrop for your next historical inquiry. 

American, American, NA, The Apartment of the Art Gallery, Vassar College, c. 1865-1867, Oil on canvas, Gift of Gladys Jane Orcutt Blatter (Wheaton College, class of 1921), 1982.37.

Feeling trapped, and longing for the great outdoors? Take a virtual trip through New York State with help from Hudson River School painter Charles Herbert Moore’s inspiring landscape, The Catskills in Spring

Charles Herbert Moore, American, 1840-1930, The Catskills in Spring, 1861, Oil on canvas, Gift of Matthew Vassar, 1864.1.58.

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