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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Glass: Inventing the Music of Beauty
Inventing the Music of Beauty


Inventing the Music of Beauty
1991
Ginny Ruffner
glass, oil paint, colored pencil, and ink
10 1/2 x 21 5/8 x 13 1/4 in. (26.7 x 55.0 x 33.7 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ann and Thomas Cousins, the James Renwick Alliance, and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections
1992.81
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“I’ve learned about the way color is modulated by light and how form is defined by light, [how] shapes only exist because light enables us to perceive them.” Ginny Ruffner, 1998


Ginny Ruffner believes music is very visual, and sees a conductor of an orchestra as the very embodiment of the way music moves and flows. The figure in this piece, copied from Michelangelo’s Libyan Sibyl in the Sistine Chapel, has a posture similar to that of a conductor, and the flowing lines in the background create an abstract music stave.


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