Masterpiece Minute Podcast

This 60-second weekly podcast series shares the fascinating story, historical context, and significance behind important works in the SDMA collection.

Drop in every Friday at 10:00 a.m. for a new episode on the SDMA app or embedded below.


Juan Sánchez Cotán. Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber, ca. 1602. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, 1945.43

Episode 1: Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber by Juan Sánchez Cotán

Hear the history behind this masterful still life, including which royal court it once adorned and how it’s tied to the Carthusian monastery.

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Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranc). Portrait of a Man, 1506. Oil on panel. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, 1941.100.

Episode 2: Portrait of a Man by Giorgione

Why did so few of Giorgione’s works survive? Learn the reason and how this important work breaks from earlier portraits from the Italian Renaissance.

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Francisco de Zurbarán. Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”), ca. 1635-1640. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, 1947.36.

Episode 3: Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”) by Francisco de Zurbarán

Still life or devotional symbolic painting? Hear the significance of this work and why it’s a favorite among kids.

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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (AKA Joaquín Sorolla Bastida Gascón Prat Bux Tenas Esc). María at La Granja, 1907. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. Archer M. Huntington in memory of his mother, Arabella D. Huntington. 1925.1

Episode 4: María at La Granja by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida

Who was María and what is the significance of her being in La Granja? Learn the story behind this masterpiece by Sorolla, the very first work in the SDMA collection.

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Hendrick Goltzius (AKA Hendrik Goltz; Hendrick Goltius), Frederick de Vries, 1597. Engraving on laid paper. Gift of Norman Leitman and Todd Butler. 2004.108.

Episode 5: Frederick de Vries (also known as A Boy and His Dog) by Hendrick Goltzius

A boy, a dog, and a bird. What’s the hidden message? Learn the story behind this endearing engraving from Hendrick Goltzius.

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Francisco de Zurbarán. Virgin and Child with Saint John, 1658. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R., Amy and Irene Putnam. 1935.22

Episode 6: Antique Spanish frame for Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist by Francisco de Zurbarán

What makes this antique Spanish frame a perfect fit for this work by Francisco de Zurbarán? Hear how this frame and painting came together in the latest episode of Masterpiece Minute.

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Elephants and Drivers Fighting for Sport, drawing mounted on a detached album folio. India, Deccan, Bijapur or Ahmadnagar, 1st quarter 17th century. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. 1990.439.

Episode 7: Elephants and Drivers Fighting for Sport

Enter the world of ancient south Indian courtly art and learn the many roles of elephants in this latest Masterpiece Minute podcast episode.

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Diego Rivera (AKA José Diego Marìa Rivera). The Hands of Dr. Moore, 1940. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Mrs. E. Clarence Moore. 1970.20.

Episode 8: The Hands of Dr. Moore by Diego Rivera

What influenced this surreal portrait? Explore the layers of meaning and depth of this work by Diego Rivera and be sure to listen all the way to the end for a science fun fact.

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Indra, mounted on Airavata, proceeding into battle with his army, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Tales of the Lord Vishnu), ca. 1840. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. 1990.1308.

Episode 9: Indra, mounted on Airavata, proceeding into battle with his army

Who were Indra and Airavata and why are elephants so important in South Asian art? Learn the history and context of Indra, mounted on Airavata, proceeding into battle with his army, a page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Tales of the Lord Vishnu).

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Featured: Jules-Ferdinand Jacquemart. Musician, 19th century. Etching. Gift of John F. Hollowell, 1967.22.g. | André Derain (AKA André Louis Derain). Head of a Woman, listening, ca. 1934. Etching. George C. Kenney II and Olga Kitsakos-Kenney, 2004.227.