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Book Reviews #7: Abundant Beauty

A delightful and informative trek across the globe by a witty, intelligent, and courageous Victorian artist and adventurer. Marianne North was born in 1830 in Hastings, England. The daughter of a politician, North was raised in a socially active and intellectually stimulating household. She cared for her parents until their deaths, taking on the role […]

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Book Reviews #6: Good Living Street

  Few people have heard of the Gallia family of fin de siecle Vienna, but few will forget their extraordinary story after reading Good Living Street, a rich and detailed portrait of a prominent  Jewish family living in Austria during a time of Jewish assimilation and affluence, in a contradictory world of rising anti-Semitism.  This book […]

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Hans Memling

  This image greets  visitors at the Melchers Museum Shop this season as they enter the Museum Shop.  Gentle and serene, yet deep with passion, this image by Hans Memling is a wonderful antidote to our too hectic lives.  Reproduced by Design Legacy of Dallas, Texas as a canvas wall hanging, it measures 45″wide by […]

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Book Reviews #2: The Paper Garden

Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash of inspiration, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. It was the summer of 1772, in England. During the next ten years she completed nearly […]

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Market Scene from the Workshop of Frans Snyders

  American painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932) collected the work of others, including Old Masters like Flemish painter Frans Snyders. Snyders’ workshop produced the monumental painting Market Scene, on view in the dining room at Belmont.  A still life tour de force, it was acquired by Melchers at Knickerbocker Art Gallery, New York, in 1906 for […]

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The Case of the Missing Leonardo

The stories of missing art, forgeries and art held hostage are always fascinating.  The plunder of wars and the foundation of fortunes, works of art have been used as financial collateral for centuries. Most artists work in obscurity, with their reputations (and livelihoods) hanging on the opinion of others.  And these “experts” can sometimes be […]

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William H Johnson: An American Modern

Now through December 4, 2011, the galleries at Gari Melchers Home and Studio will be showing an exhibition of works by the African American artist, William H. Johnson.  The  Museum Shop has available the exhibition catalog, for $26.95. This exhibition was developed by Morgan State University and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and is supported by […]

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Ginkgo trees and other curiosities

Standing beside, and slightly behind the Museum Shop at Gari Melchers Home and Studio are two gnarly, but lovely, ginkgo trees.  Planted by Gari and Corinne Melchers in 1921. They are favorites of the staff  when their leaves are such a radiant yellow that they burst with glowing brightness against the deeper blue skies of autumn.  We  […]

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“For unto us a child is born…”

“…unto us a son is given.”  Isaiah 9:6 One of the most commented upon paintings at Gari Melchers Home and Studio is The Nativity.  Featured for the holiday season, our curator, Joanna Catron, has written this accompanying description of the painting and its place the Melchers’ collection. As a note from the Museum Shop, we […]

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges

“I must say that I find television very educational.  The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.” Groucho Marx I admit it. I’m a bibliophile.  As Thomas Jefferson said (and I agree), “I cannot live without books.”  I get a little nervous if the pile beside my bed […]

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