The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum Once library of financier Pierpont Morgan—now a museum, research library, music venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States.
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Today it is a museum, independent research library, music venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. A century after its founding, the Morgan maintains a unique position in the cultural life of New York City and is considered one of its greatest treasures.

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Formerly identified as a portrait of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, this powerful drawing by Gainsborough is one of a...
01/09/2021

Formerly identified as a portrait of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, this powerful drawing by Gainsborough is one of a group of preparatory studies for the Richmond Water-Walk, commissioned by King George III (1738-1820). Although probably never executed, the painting was intended as a companion piece to the Mall, now at the @frickcollection.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Thomas Gainsborough⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Lady Walking in a Garden⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Black and white chalks with smudging, worked wet and dry, watercolor, on laid paper.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
19 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches (495 x 312 mm)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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While the face is not particularly individualized, much attention is given to the fashion of the time, notably the large broad-brimmed picture hat and the hairstyle with loose curls flowing down on both sides of the neck.

#CaptionThis! Called "The Three Liberties," this drawing by Saul Steinberg features 3 subway riders with (arguably) unca...
01/08/2021

#CaptionThis! Called "The Three Liberties," this drawing by Saul Steinberg features 3 subway riders with (arguably) uncanny resemblance to the Statue of Liberty.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Steinberg's vast artistic output, which encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture and his legendary cartoons, reflects his architectural training, knowledge of art history and brilliant sense of humor. Born in Romania, Steinberg studied in Milan before growing anti-Semitism forced him to immigrate, first to the Dominican Republic and then to New York. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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He contributed drawings to several magazines, but it was his work for "The New Yorker" that would cement his popularity. In many ways Steinberg was the consummate insider, a man whose closest relationships were with the artists associated with the New York School. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Three Liberties⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ink, graphite, and watercolor on paper.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
14 1/2 x 23 inches (36.9 x 58.4 cm)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Gift of The Saul Steinberg Foundation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Several opinions have been offered regarding this enigmatic trio: has the astonished observer removed his hat because he...
01/07/2021

Several opinions have been offered regarding this enigmatic trio: has the astonished observer removed his hat because he does not approve of what he sees, or does he raise his finger to his mouth because he is next in line for the courtesan's service? The woman, however, is married, as is indicated by the triangular diadem with an oval flange that hangs over her forehead. She playfully holds her young husband's large turban above his head, its golden sash cascading over her arm and body. The observing youth may be a family member.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The artist was especially fond of depicting rich brocades. The inscription at the bottom states that it is "The work of Muḥammad Yūsuf al-Ḥusainī," that at the top, "in the library of Ḥasan Shāmlū," Ḥusain's son and successor as governor of Herat. Ḥasan added this work, along with others, to his father's album.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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378 x 241 mm⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
MS M.386.15

01/06/2021

Young, handsome, and highborn, Claude III de Laubespine lived in luxury after marrying an heiress and obtaining the favor of King Charles IX. His brilliant career at court was cut short in 1570, when he died at the age of 25. He left behind a splendid library, which was dispersed, and only recently have his books been identified and properly appreciated for their superb quality and fine bindings. Laubespine now ranks among the great collectors of the French Renaissance.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For the first time in more than 400 years, this exhibition brings together some of the most spectacular bindings in that collection, exquisite examples of Renaissance ornamental design. They will be shown along with related artwork and literary memorials of Laubespine. He left his books to his sister, a patron of the poet Pierre de Ronsard, who praised her country estate, the library, and its perfumed bindings, which, he said, “smells as good as your orange trees.” This exhibition will evoke the sensual pleasure and literary connoisseurship implicit in a noble library of that era.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Poetry and Patronage: The Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered is made possible by T. Kimball Brooker, with assistance from Roland and Mary Ann Folter; Jamie Kleinberg Kamph, Stonehouse Bindery; Jonathan and Megumi Hill; Martha J. Fleischman; and Professor and Mrs. Eugene S. Flamm.

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01/05/2021

Who else, like Cindy Lubar, is all dressed up with nowhere to go?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Peter Hujar (1934-1987), Cindy Lubar as Queen Victoria, 1973. Gelatin silver print, sheet: 17 x 16 inches; image: 14 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches. Purchased on The Charina Endowment Fund. 2013.108:1.38. © Peter Hujar Archive, LLC, courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

In the decades following the Hundred Years' War, men more often wore the gown: full or knee length, belted at the waist....
01/04/2021

In the decades following the Hundred Years' War, men more often wore the gown: full or knee length, belted at the waist. Over the course of these thirty years, men's gowns, via flaring pleats and ample shoulder padding, assumed a flattering, V-shaped silhouette. While the chaperon remained popular, new hats also arrived.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Women's gowns featured wide V necks with contrasting collars and partlets (plackards worn at the midriff). Headgear atop the temples continued to evolve, growing ever more extravagant. Burlets got thicker and climbed higher. Butterfly veils, supported by wires, floated like sails above ladies' heads.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This January, we're all dressed up with nowhere to go! Our online exhibition, "Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands," provides perfect fodder for your own solitary fashion wins (and welcome faux pas). Link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ordinances of Chivalry, in English and Latin⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
England, London(?)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1450s⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
244 x 165 mm⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Purchased, 1931⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
MS M.775, fols. 2v–3r

Charles IX (1550−1574) was nine years old when he became king of France. In this picture he is not that much older. His ...
01/03/2021

Charles IX (1550−1574) was nine years old when he became king of France. In this picture he is not that much older. His mother, Catherine de’ Medici, acted as regent with the assistance of her advisors, including several members of the Laubespine family. Secretary of State Claude II de Laubespine (1510− 1567), Claude III’s father, helped the king and his mother formulate foreign policy and cope with domestic disturbances during the Wars of Religion. He was amply rewarded for his service to the crown and was able to prepare his son for a similar political career. Born and bred for high office, Claude III became one of the king’s closest confidants.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On View // Poetry & Patronage: The Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Workshop of François Clouet (d. 1572)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Charles IX, King of France, ca. 1561−64⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931; 32.100.124⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Poetry and Patronage: The Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered is made possible by T. Kimball Brooker, with assistance from Roland and Mary Ann Folter; Jamie Kleinberg Kamph, Stonehouse Bindery; Jonathan and Megumi Hill; Martha J. Fleischman; and Professor and Mrs. Eugene S. Flamm.

Sanctuary Awaits is informed by the African Kongo tradition of bottle trees, which are garlanded with bottles, vessels, ...
01/02/2021

Sanctuary Awaits is informed by the African Kongo tradition of bottle trees, which are garlanded with bottles, vessels, and other objects to protect a household. Black people in the Caribbean took up this tradition as early as the 1790s; it continues today in the southern United States, where many still believe that bottle trees ward off evil. Saar made this sculpture as one of a three-part piece exhibited in conjunction with the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sanctuary Awaits, 1996⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The exhibition is made possible with lead corporate support from Morgan Stanley and lead support from the Ford Foundation. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund; Louisa Stude Sarofim; The Lunder Foundation – Peter and Paula Lunder family; Francis H. Williams and Keris Salmon; the Terra Foundation for American Art; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California.

At the Royal College of Art in London, where he enrolled in 1959, David Hockney threw himself into life classes. In 1960...
12/30/2020

At the Royal College of Art in London, where he enrolled in 1959, David Hockney threw himself into life classes. In 1960, a Picasso retrospective at the Tate marked the beginning of a fascination with the modern master, whose eclecticism was a formative influence on the young artist.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On View // David Hockney: Drawing from Life⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"The Student: Homage to Picasso"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1973⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Etching⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
29 3/4" x 22 1/4"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
National Portrait Gallery, London. Purchased, 1979⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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An exhibition organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London, in collaboration with the artist and the Morgan Library & Museum.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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David Hockney: Drawing from Life is made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Robert King Steel and Katharine J. Rayner. Additional support is provided by the Rita Markus Fund for Exhibitions, with assistance from Dian Woodner and David and Tanya Wells.

This tableau by Betye Saar directly addresses issues of race and women’s work. The image on the ironing board—itself a t...
12/27/2020

This tableau by Betye Saar directly addresses issues of race and women’s work. The image on the ironing board—itself a traditional symbol of female labor—is borrowed from a well-known eighteenth-century print showing scores of Africans packed into a slave ship to cross the Atlantic. Saar’s construction also refers to the marking of enslaved people with branding irons, and to their enchainment in transit or as punishment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The “KKK” appliquéd to the sheet denotes the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, still active today in the United States. According to Saar, this work communicates “the political message that you can treat me as a slave and I’ll bend down—I’ll bend down to pick cotton, I’ll bend to do this, to be a laborer—but I will not break.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On View // Betye Saar: Call and Response⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I’ll Bend But I Will Not Break, 1998⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ironing board with printed images and text, flat iron, chain, bedsheet with appliqués, wood clothespins, and rope⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The exhibition is made possible with lead corporate support from Morgan Stanley and lead support from the Ford Foundation. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund; Louisa Stude Sarofim; The Lunder Foundation – Peter and Paula Lunder family; Francis H. Williams and Keris Salmon; the Terra Foundation for American Art; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California.

This is the definitive Italian translation of Vitruvius Pollio’s "De architectura," an essential text for Renaissance ar...
12/26/2020

This is the definitive Italian translation of Vitruvius Pollio’s "De architectura," an essential text for Renaissance architects intent on emulating the buildings of classical antiquity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The patrician humanist Daniele Barbaro translated the text with the assistance of the renowned architect Andrea Palladio, who designed most of the woodcut illustrations. Together they could draw on philological erudition, archaeological expertise, and practical know-how to make sense of Vitruvius’s notoriously difficult Latin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I dieci libri dell’architettura (On the Art of Building in Ten Books)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Venice: Francesco Marcolini, 1556⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Poetry and Patronage: The Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered is made possible by T. Kimball Brooker, with assistance from Roland and Mary Ann Folter; Jamie Kleinberg Kamph, Stonehouse Bindery; Jonathan and Megumi Hill; Martha J. Fleischman; and Professor and Mrs. Eugene S. Flamm.

Behold! The world's first commercially printed Christmas card!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Designed by John Callcott Horsley for He...
12/25/2020

Behold! The world's first commercially printed Christmas card!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Designed by John Callcott Horsley for Henry Cole, a thousand copies of the card were initially printed in 1842 to be sold for a shilling each. It is now estimated that fewer than 30 examples are left.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you": from..., 1 card : col. ill. ; 82 x 128 mm. London: Summerly's Home Treasure Office, [1842]. PML 84814.

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Nativity miniature on vellum⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.61a.1-2

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12/23/2020

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This small-scale, somewhat tentative exploration in oils reveals Degas' continued use of himself as subject as he came t...
12/22/2020

This small-scale, somewhat tentative exploration in oils reveals Degas' continued use of himself as subject as he came to grasp the rudiments of portraiture.
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Edgar Degas
Self-Portrait in a Brown Vest, 1856
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (240 x 190 mm.)
Bequest of John S. Thacher, 1985

12/18/2020

Los Angeles–based artist Betye Saar (b. 1926) emerged in the 1960s as a major voice in American art. Part of a wave of artists, many of them African American, who embraced the medium of assemblage, she is known best for incisive collages and assemblage sculptures that confront and reclaim racist images. The daughter of a seamstress, and a printmaker by training, Saar brings to her work a remarkable sensitivity to materials. Her imagery is drawn from popular culture, family history, and a wide range of spiritual traditions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“David Hockney: Drawing from Life” explores the artist’s practice on paper through a small group of sitters he has depic...
12/18/2020
David Hockney: Drawing from Life

“David Hockney: Drawing from Life” explores the artist’s practice on paper through a small group of sitters he has depicted repeatedly over the years: his muse and confidante, the designer Celia Birtwell; his mother Laura; his friend and curator Gregory Evans, master printer Maurice Payne; and Hockney himself. In revisiting these people over decades, Hockney gives us a unique insight into how his practice has evolved.

"David Hockney: Drawing from Life" is on view through May 30, 2021.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqqp8LDKGNc&feature=youtu.be

David Hockney (b. 1937) is one of the most internationally respected and renowned artists alive today. This exhibition will be the first to focus on his port...

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