This detail shows Queen Esther, depicted on an English box made in 1662 of silk, metal, wood, and seed pearls. It's included in the self-guided tour "The Journey Continues," which calls attention to objects from the Institute's permanent collection that reflect the themes of "Star Wars: The Magic of Myth." Like Princess Leia, Esther risked her own life for others, as the panels on this box show. The box was acquired through the John R. Van Derlip Fund and with gifts in honor of Mary Ann Butterfield. On display in Gallery 310. Paintings
Gustave-Achille Guillaumet (1840-1887) was one of the most successful and authentic French Orientalist painters. As a student, he made the first of ten trips to Algeria. The Institute's most recent Paintings Department acquisition, An Arab Encampment, was painted around 1880. The gift of Dr. Fred and Mary Ouest, this work exhibits the picturesque naturalism that made Guillaumet's work so influential even after his early death. This painting can be found at the entrance to Gallery 316.