Tag Archives: Collection

Beasts, Mistresses, and Interior Decorating: A Story about the Kempshott Wallpaper

What do the French Revolution, the British monarchy, and the American Great Depression all share in common? Surprisingly, the answer is 25 panels of wallpaper in the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum. The wallpaper was created around 1790 by the Parisian company Arthur & Robert, not long after the beginning of the French… Read More »

New on View: Laila Visiting Majnun

This miniature watercolor illustrates a scene from the epic Persian poem Laila and Majnun, a 12th-century romance of unrequited love. Since these two star-crossed lovers were forced apart by their families, the heartbroken hero, Majnun, retreated to the wilderness. There, he lived a strict life of an ascetic, while his beloved Laila was forced to… Read More »