The Walters’ Archangel Michael is a rare and luxurious work of art that embodies the rich interconnections of art, religion, conquests, and commerce between Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas during the 17th century. This ivory sculpture is now on view for the first time in almost 40 years. Please join us for an evening of conversation between Dr. Florina “Nina” Capistrano-Baker, Consulting Curator of the Ayala Museum; Dany Chan, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Walters; and Julie Lauffenburger, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of Conservation, Collections and Technical Research at the Walters, as they discuss the history, travel, and care of the ivory statue.
About the Guest Speaker:
Florina H. Capistrano-Baker received her PhD, MPhil, and MA from the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University. She received an AB in Humanities (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines. Dr. Capistrano-Baker was formerly museum director of the Ayala Museum (Philippines) where she is currently a consultant. Formerly research assistant for Oceania in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, she curated the exhibition Divine Protection: Batak Art of North Sumatra and authored the book Art of Island Southeast Asia: The Fred and Rita Richman Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 1994). Since 2000, her research has focused on Philippine specificities within a metanarrative of global exchange from the 10th through 13th and 16th through 19th centuries, investigating historical patterns and genealogies of forms, cultural hybridity, and renegotiated identities. Her scholarly work has been supported by grants from Columbia University, Ford Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, American Association of University Women, Japan Foundation, Locsin Foundation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Getty Research Institute.
This program is supported by The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation.
Image: The Archangel Michael, ca. 1670-1690. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, acc. no. 71.490.Learn More