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Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s
Aug-Sept 2006
In a quick one hundred years, beginning around 1850 and ending in the mid-1950s, American art came of age. While a century may seem a long time, in reality the process moved incredibly quickly. If at the beginning of the nineteenth century the idea of...
Paris and the Countryside: Modern Life in Late-19th-Century France
Aug-Sept 2006
Late-nineteenth-century France was witness to unprecedented social, economic, and technological change. In 1853, with the appointment of Baron Georges Haussmann as prefect by Napoleon III, Paris was transformed from a medieval city into a modern one....
Investing in Decorative Arts as an Asset Class
Spring 2006
When I was a trader on Wall Street I worked with a long list of brokers and agents upon whom I relied to
A Collection of the Valley
Spring 2005
Given its youth, some visitors might be surprised by the collection that greets them when the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) opens in Winchester, Virginia, in April. Begun in 1997...
Design for the Modern World: The Arts and Crafts Movement
Spring 2005
At the end of the nineteenth century, many people felt that the world was changing at a tremendous, machine-powered pace, making it an artificial and anonymous...
Re-Introducing Helena
Spring 2005
Several years ago my wife Judy and I asked Stuart Feld, director of Hirschl and Adler Galleries in New York City, to keep an eye open for pastels by Henrietta Johnston (ca. 1674–1729). Johnston was a talented...
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at 200
Spring 2005
Few public museums in the world can claim the longevity of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: The nation’s oldest combined museum and school of fine art turns 200 this year...
The Sculpture Study Center at the Pennsylvania Museum of the Fine Arts
Spring 2005
On January 8, 2005, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts initiated its 200th Anniversary Celebration with the opening of its new Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. One of the most exciting...
Toulouse-Lautrec: Challenging the Myth
Spring 2005
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) is one of the most celebrated of the great French artists of the late nineteenth century, but often for the wrong reasons. While we may be aware...
A Treasury of American Art
Spring 2004
When it received accreditation by the American Association of Museums in 1977, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida, owned only three American works
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