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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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What the heck’s a scrum?

Theodore Roosevelt saw his first game of  football in 1876, when, as  a freshman his alma mater,  Havard, played arch rival Yale.  From that first encounter, he developed a life-long interest in the game, admiring  its potential for building character. But the game at the time was brutish and dangerous, where severe player  injuries and deaths were commonplace.  […]

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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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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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