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Posted 01/20/12

Ahead of the curve: The Newark Museum now and then

In a better world we would all be thronging the doors of the Newark Museum; in the best of worlds Ulysses Grant Dietz would be there to meet us, taking us through the galleries with fellow curators Christa Clarke and Katherine Anne Paul

Posted 02/24/15

On high seas: Jack London's photography on the cruise of the Snark

Jack London died young, at the age of forty, yet in some ways it is amazing that he lived as long as he did. To anyone who happened to see the thirty-one-year-old London and five other inexperienced sailors cruising through San Francisco's Golden Gate on April 23, 1907, his survival would have seemed nothing short of miraculous

Posted 02/24/15

Prince Demah Barnes: Portraitist and slave in colonial Boston

At first glance, the small oil portrait of a handsome man in a flowered dressing gown looked somewhat unprepossessing. Hanging on the wall of a dealer’s booth at an antiques show in 2010, it had a “folksy” appeal, but wasn’t an obvious candidate for acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted 02/09/15

Habsburg flash and filigree

The splendor of the house of Habsburg was always inversely proportionate to its prowess on the field of battle. Under Maximilian I of Austria and his grandson Charles V of Spain, the dynasty waged continuous battles from Cuzco to Constantinople and from Scandinavia to the shores of Africa

Posted 01/26/15

Looking both ways: A Pennsylvania collection keeps present and past in constant touch

"My husband said the house screamed for antique furniture--but I have a hard time with sameness." This candid recollection by a lively collector provides a partial explanation of how and why she and her late husband joined their appetite for antique furniture and folk art with abstract expressionist art and contemporary sculpture. The rest of the explanation lies in the couple's openness to visual experience and their sense of adventure

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