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MIA Prism: A members-only look at the MIA through the lens of art and literature
Artists of the Month


Ring Out, Wild Bells
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Lord Alfred Tennyson,
from "In Memoriam A.H.H."


An elegy to his sister's fiancé, Arthur Henry Hallum, who died at age 22; published in 1850, the year Tennyson was named poet laureate of England.

Learn more about Lord Alfred Tennyson at SFSU 

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, View of Dresden: Schlossplatz
View of Dresden: Schlossplatz 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Cowles
Copyright by Ingeborg & Dr. Wolfgang Henze-Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern

This piece is on view in the Dar and Geri Reedy Gallery (German Expressionist Gallery)

Learn more about Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
at Wikipedia

Learn more about Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
at ThinkQuest
Member's Event

Henry Francis du Pont's
Winterthur Museum

Sunday, February 18 - May 6, 2007

"Art belongs to the center,
not the periphery of life.
It is not the pastime of princes,
but a necessary language
of the human spirit."

Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969)

Mark your calendars!
Thursday - Saturday, February 15-17

Members receive free bonus tickets during Preview Days - save your member passes for another visit, or to share with a friend.

Learn about Member Preview Days 

Learn about the exhibition 

du Pont Dining Room 
North wall
Photo by Gavin Ashworth, courtesy Winterthur
Exhibition Insight

The Bells of Ancient China

They strike the bells solemnly,
They play their se and ch'in zithers,
The reed organs and musical stones
blend their sounds;
Accompanied by them,
they perform the ya and nan (dances).
They wield their flutes without error.
The Shih Ching, ode 208

Performed in a temple setting, clan ancestral hall, or formal banquet, music in Bronze Age China helped create an atmosphere in which humans could interact with spirits and deities. Bell music imparted cadence and gravitas to ritual conduct. The music from orchestral combinations of bronze bells, stone chimes, drums, flutes, and zithers was deemed potent enough to summon the ancestral spirits and encode the messages being communicated by the living.

Learn more about Sacred Sounds: The Bells of Ancient China 

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio painting, Saint Francis of Assisi in Ectasy

Graduated Set of Twenty Yung-Po Bells 
5th Century B.C.
Lent by Michele and David Dewey

Listen to the bells 

Collection Conection


Twelfth Night was celebrated on Friday, January 5, 2007, and marks the end of medieval Christmas festivities and of Twelfthtide, the 12-day season ending on the evening before Epiphany January 6, when the Wise Men appeared. The night is celebrated with feasting, gifts and the last illumination of the Christmas lights.

Learn more about Adoration of the Magi at Wikipedia 

Adoration of the Magi, 15th century

Adoration of the Magi 
15th century
Gift of Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison
and Michael Snow


Born January 1, 1734

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver-feathered sleep;
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.

Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
Paul Revere Tankards

Paul Revere Tankards 
(set of six)
Henry Francis du Pont, 1957
Photo by Gavin Ashworth, courtesy Winterthur

Learn more about Paul Revere at
Paul Revere House

Learn more about the exhibition
An American Vision

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