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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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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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To look is to see the last robin of the year.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot The colors of the leaves this autumn are spectacular!  With the late afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the south end of the lawn, their colors are […]

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“i would rather learn from one bird how to sing…”

At Belmont, looking northwest In southern Stafford County, on the heights above the Rappahannock River, sits Belmont, the former home of the American artist, Gari Melchers.  After the artist’s death in 1932, his widow Corinne arranged to bequeath the estate to the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Due to Mrs. Melchers’ foresight and generosity, visitors from all over the world can […]

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On Being Cool and Debonair

Gari Melchers in bow tie, hat and gloves. Gari Melchers enjoyed an international reputation as one of the best figure painters of his era (1860-1932).  The subjects of his portraits, as well as the guests in his home, included a president, a prime minister and such household names as Vanderbilt and Mellon.  He represented the United […]

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Hot and Lazy Summer Days

What better way to pass these incredibly hot summer days than keeping company with a really good book.  Both Gari and Corinne Melchers were great readers, as is evident by the volumes in their library. The  titles in the museum shop are quite eclectic, but there is method in the madness.  All selections relate to Gari Melchers in […]

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