Posted 09/16/16

Treasury Notes

With a boost from Broadway, the caretakers of Hamilton Grange cast new light on the charms of Alexander Hamilton's once bucolic home.

Posted 09/06/16

Idle Hours: William Merritt Chase and modern leisure

"Idleness opens up for any one who has eyes to see and a mind to dream a playground of infinite variety," wrote novelist Arthur Pier in 1904 for the magazine Atlantic Monthly.1 William Merritt Chase had eyes to see the liberating benefits of idleness, and he found motifs of infinite variety in America's playgrounds. 

Posted 08/23/16

The Real American Grotesque

A group of circus posters at the Shelburne Museum illustrates the routine stereotypes and exploitative practices of circus owners as they battled one another for primacy.

Posted 08/18/16

Paul Landacre’s world

The brilliance of the master printmaker owed something to the patronage of Hollywood royalty but a great deal more to the dynamism of early California modernism.

Posted 08/09/16

Mr. Boyd and Mr. Miles: A New York State portrait artist deciphered

Early nineteenth-century American portraiture includes a number of small profile likenesses in oil, pastel, and watercolor by artists such as C. B. J. F. de St. Mémin, James Sharples, Gerrit Schipper, and Jacob Eichholtz. All follow the European fashion for profiles, namely emulating those on Greek vases and Roman coinage, and are thus fitting for the neoclassical motifs and styles of the new republic. 

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