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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The Montgolfier brothers’ experiments with hot-air balloons quickly drew the attention of the king. On September 19, 178...
07/13/2021

The Montgolfier brothers’ experiments with hot-air balloons quickly drew the attention of the king. On September 19, 1783, they performed the first-ever flight at Versailles, sending up several farm animals as passengers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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That October, Étienne became the first human test pilot, in a balloon decorated with Louis XVI’s face and monogram. This binding commemorates that ascent, replacing Louis’s initials with those of Marie-Antoinette. The Montgolfier balloon made such an impact that the balloon globe became a visual element in all types of decorative arts and home accessories.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On View // Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Bound for Marie-Antoinette (1755–1793)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Red morocco, with gilt tooling “à la Montgolfière” and monogram, on: Barthélemy Imbert (1747–1790)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lecture du matin and Lecture du soir, 1782⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection" is made possible with support from the Jamie and Maisie Houghton Fund and the Parker Gilbert Fund, and with assistance from Barbara G. Fleischman and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation.

The Montgolfier brothers’ experiments with hot-air balloons quickly drew the attention of the king. On September 19, 1783, they performed the first-ever flight at Versailles, sending up several farm animals as passengers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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That October, Étienne became the first human test pilot, in a balloon decorated with Louis XVI’s face and monogram. This binding commemorates that ascent, replacing Louis’s initials with those of Marie-Antoinette. The Montgolfier balloon made such an impact that the balloon globe became a visual element in all types of decorative arts and home accessories.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On View // Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Bound for Marie-Antoinette (1755–1793)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Red morocco, with gilt tooling “à la Montgolfière” and monogram, on: Barthélemy Imbert (1747–1790)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lecture du matin and Lecture du soir, 1782⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection" is made possible with support from the Jamie and Maisie Houghton Fund and the Parker Gilbert Fund, and with assistance from Barbara G. Fleischman and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation.

This remarkable working drawing illustrates various stages of the creative process of theater design. A graphite underdr...
07/12/2021

This remarkable working drawing illustrates various stages of the creative process of theater design. A graphite underdrawing provided the precise perspective before the artist fluidly rendered the architectural surface ornament of festoons and scrolls in pen and ink. The design also includes notations that suggest how it would be realized in the three-dimensional space of the theater: letters corresponding to different scenery flats that would have come together to create the appearance of a unified stage set. The flats labeled G and H were probably lowered from the rafters, whereas B and F would have been wheeled in from the wings of the stage.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On View // Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Bibiena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ferdinando Galli Bibiena (1657–1743), Left Portion of a Palatial Hall, a Design for the Stage, ca. 1720–30 (detail). Pen and brown ink and wash, over graphite. Gift of Jules Fisher; inv. no. 2021.39.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Bibiena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection" is a program of the Morgan Drawing Institute.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, available in the Morgan Shop. #MorganLibrary

This remarkable working drawing illustrates various stages of the creative process of theater design. A graphite underdrawing provided the precise perspective before the artist fluidly rendered the architectural surface ornament of festoons and scrolls in pen and ink. The design also includes notations that suggest how it would be realized in the three-dimensional space of the theater: letters corresponding to different scenery flats that would have come together to create the appearance of a unified stage set. The flats labeled G and H were probably lowered from the rafters, whereas B and F would have been wheeled in from the wings of the stage.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On View // Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Bibiena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ferdinando Galli Bibiena (1657–1743), Left Portion of a Palatial Hall, a Design for the Stage, ca. 1720–30 (detail). Pen and brown ink and wash, over graphite. Gift of Jules Fisher; inv. no. 2021.39.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Bibiena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection" is a program of the Morgan Drawing Institute.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, available in the Morgan Shop. #MorganLibrary

This is the earliest known diary kept by the American artist Stuart Davis (1892–1964). It represents the beginning of a ...
07/11/2021

This is the earliest known diary kept by the American artist Stuart Davis (1892–1964). It represents the beginning of a lifelong practice of theoretical writing that would ultimately comprise some 10,000 pages of reflections, explorations, sketches, and diagrams that document his quest to break new ground in American art.
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Explore online: www.themorgan.org/collection/stuart-davis/diary
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Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Autograph manuscript diary, 1920 May–1922 Nov. 28. Purchased on the Young Associates Fund
MA 5062 © Stuart Davis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. #MorganLibrary #StuartDavis

Widely praised for its eloquence and originality, poetry by Badr al-Dīn Hilālī is considered to be among the most refine...
07/11/2021

Widely praised for its eloquence and originality, poetry by Badr al-Dīn Hilālī is considered to be among the most refined examples of Persian literature in the 16th century. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ultimately, the poet’s way with words may have been his downfall: he was publicly executed in 1532/33, presumably for offending the Uzbek ruler ‘Ubaid-Allāh Khān. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The manuscript, on view in J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, is an early copy of Hilālī’s mystical poem about a lowly beggar who becomes enamored with a handsome prince. It was inscribed by one of the most outstanding calligraphers of the time, Mir ‘Ali al-Katib al-Sultani, and illuminated by an unknown artist likely working in Bukhara.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Learn more: www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/collections-spotlight

Badr al-Dīn Hilālī (d. 1532/33), Shāh va gada, Bukhoro, Uzbekistan, 1540. Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) before 1913. MS M.531 fol. 13r. #MorganLibrary

Widely praised for its eloquence and originality, poetry by Badr al-Dīn Hilālī is considered to be among the most refined examples of Persian literature in the 16th century. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ultimately, the poet’s way with words may have been his downfall: he was publicly executed in 1532/33, presumably for offending the Uzbek ruler ‘Ubaid-Allāh Khān. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The manuscript, on view in J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, is an early copy of Hilālī’s mystical poem about a lowly beggar who becomes enamored with a handsome prince. It was inscribed by one of the most outstanding calligraphers of the time, Mir ‘Ali al-Katib al-Sultani, and illuminated by an unknown artist likely working in Bukhara.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Learn more: www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/collections-spotlight

Badr al-Dīn Hilālī (d. 1532/33), Shāh va gada, Bukhoro, Uzbekistan, 1540. Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) before 1913. MS M.531 fol. 13r. #MorganLibrary

A rare view from the 3rd level of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, snapped by Reader Services Librarian Polly Cancro while ...
07/09/2021

A rare view from the 3rd level of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, snapped by Reader Services Librarian Polly Cancro while she was retrieving books for researchers in the Reading Room last week. This usually happens when the museum is closed, but you might get lucky and see Reading Room staff in action on your next visit!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Reading Room continues to be open to researchers on a limited basis; for current information about Reading Room hours, visit www.themorgan.org/research/reading-room

A rare view from the 3rd level of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, snapped by Reader Services Librarian Polly Cancro while she was retrieving books for researchers in the Reading Room last week. This usually happens when the museum is closed, but you might get lucky and see Reading Room staff in action on your next visit!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Reading Room continues to be open to researchers on a limited basis; for current information about Reading Room hours, visit www.themorgan.org/research/reading-room

On View // Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Pakistani American artist @shahzia.sikander is internationa...
07/08/2021

On View // Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities
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Pakistani American artist @shahzia.sikander is internationally celebrated for bringing Indo-Persian manuscript-painting traditions into dialogue with contemporary art practice. This exhibition tracks the first fifteen years of this artistic journey, from her groundbreaking deconstruction of manuscript painting in Pakistan to the development of a new personal vocabulary at RISD, expanded explorations around identity as a Core fellow at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and her global outlook during her first years in New York. During this period, Sikander richly interrogated gender, sexuality, race, class, and history, creating open-ended narratives that have sustained her work as one of the most significant artists working today.
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Explore the online exhibition: www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/shahzia-sikander

The Morgan Library & Museum. Artwork © Shahzia Sikander, Photography © Casey Kelbaugh
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The exhibition is organized by the RISD Museum and presented in collaboration with the Morgan. Lead corporate support from @morgan.stanley, with additional support from the Terra Foundation for American Art; Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky; Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen; and Sean and Mary Kelly and Sean Kelly Gallery. #MorganLibrary

Staying cool? Take a look at depictions of #bathers cooling off throughout history. 🥵 ——1. Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) The ...
07/07/2021

Staying cool? Take a look at depictions of #bathers cooling off throughout history. 🥵
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1. Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) The Bathers, ca. 1900. Watercolor over graphite; verso: Graphite. Thaw Collection. 2017.29.
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2. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) The Bathers, 165. Etching on paper. RvR 276, NHD 258, III.
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3. Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675), Landscape with Bathers. Pen and brown ink and gray wash, on paper; framing lines in pen and brown ink. Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909. III, 84c.
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4. Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Bathers, 1884-1885. Red and white chalk, with smudging and blending on wove paper lined to canvas. Bequest of Drue Heinz. 2018.71.
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5. Paul Cadmus (1904-1999), Bathers at a Mountain Stream: Puerto Rico, 20th century. Black and brown and white crayon, on blue-gray paper, altered to tan. Bequest of John M. Thayer.
© Paul Cadmus / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2005.26.
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6. John Constable (1776-1837), ca. 1821-22, Oil on canvas. Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009. 2009.400:26.
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7. Guercino (1591-1666), River Landscape with Bathers
ca. 1630-1635. Pen and brown ink on laid paper. Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909. IV, 168. #MorganLibrary bit.ly/bathersinhistory

Miniature books reflect the shifting nature of manufacture and consumption in late eighteenth- century France. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀...
07/06/2021

Miniature books reflect the shifting nature of manufacture and consumption in late eighteenth- century France. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Pocket almanacs were marketed to a broad range of consumers eager for innovative designs that mimicked the opulent aesthetic of the noble classes. They were inexpensive and quick to produce: the text blocks consisted of a single sewn section and the bindings were made separately⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Streamlined production allowed for a whole range of products, from simple to extremely ornate. Thus, consumers could choose an existing binding or pay for something more⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
bespoke. Silk pockets and small mirrors often adorned interior covers, transforming a practical book into a popular gift and fashionable accessory.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On View // Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Group of seven French miniature books with elaborately decorated bindings, 1774–1792, front covers, PML 198410, PML 198412, PML 198413, PML 198416, PML 198417, PML 198418, PML 198422. The Morgan Library & Museum, PML 198410, ML 198413, PML 198416, PML 198417, PML 198418, PML 198422. Photography by Janny Chiu, 2021.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection" is made possible with support from the Jamie and Maisie Houghton Fund and the Parker Gilbert Fund, and with assistance from Barbara G. Fleischman and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation. #MorganLibrary

Miniature books reflect the shifting nature of manufacture and consumption in late eighteenth- century France. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Pocket almanacs were marketed to a broad range of consumers eager for innovative designs that mimicked the opulent aesthetic of the noble classes. They were inexpensive and quick to produce: the text blocks consisted of a single sewn section and the bindings were made separately⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
in a semi-mass-produced manner. As a laborsaving device, the binding plaque was widely adopted and especially suited to these common books. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Streamlined production allowed for a whole range of products, from simple to extremely ornate. Thus, consumers could choose an existing binding or pay for something more⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
bespoke. Silk pockets and small mirrors often adorned interior covers, transforming a practical book into a popular gift and fashionable accessory.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On View // Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Group of seven French miniature books with elaborately decorated bindings, 1774–1792, front covers, PML 198410, PML 198412, PML 198413, PML 198416, PML 198417, PML 198418, PML 198422. The Morgan Library & Museum, PML 198410, ML 198413, PML 198416, PML 198417, PML 198418, PML 198422. Photography by Janny Chiu, 2021.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection" is made possible with support from the Jamie and Maisie Houghton Fund and the Parker Gilbert Fund, and with assistance from Barbara G. Fleischman and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation. #MorganLibrary

Happy Monday! Have you made your plans to visit us?——📸: @petitbiscuitsec #MorganLibrary
07/05/2021

Happy Monday! Have you made your plans to visit us?
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📸: @petitbiscuitsec #MorganLibrary

Happy Monday! Have you made your plans to visit us?
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📸: @petitbiscuitsec #MorganLibrary

The mid-18th century witnessed the flourishing of scientific illustration in Europe. In an intellectual climate that val...
07/03/2021

The mid-18th century witnessed the flourishing of scientific illustration in Europe. In an intellectual climate that valued curiosity and experimentation, the goals of the artist frequently merged with those of the scientist. Before the invention of photography, artists needed to document botanical specimens quickly before they decayed. These visual records of plants aided in their identification and classification and also functioned as aesthetically pleasing works of art. This intersection of art and science provided a place for women artists, who sometimes struggled to find patrons in the more traditional genres of painting.
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Madeleine Françoise Basseporte (1701–1780) was one of the highest ranking botanical artists in France. She was the first woman to hold the position of official painter of Louis XV’s garden, a post which she retained until her death.
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Read more from Mary Creed, Zukerman Departmental Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints: www.themorgan.org/blog/kings-garden-madeleine-francoise-basseporte

Madeleine Françoise Basseporte and her circle (1701–1780), White lilac (Syringa vulgaris alba) ,acc. no. 1952.29:24

Madeleine Françoise Basseporte (1701–1780), Recueil de dessins de fleurs, folio 2 recto
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#MorganLibrary #floral #summer #flowers

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The Morgan Library & Museum began as the personal library of financier, collector, and cultural benefactor Pierpont Morgan. Today it is a museum, independent research library, music venue, architectural landmark, and historic site located in the heart of New York City.

A century after its founding, the Morgan remains committed to offering visitors close encounters with great works of human accomplishment in a setting treasured for its intimate scale. Its collection of manuscripts, rare books, music, drawings, and works of art comprise a unique and dynamic record of civilization, as well as an incomparable repository of ideas and of the creative process from 4000 BC to the present.

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