By Polly Guerin
January 25, 2010
CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS IN THE BIG APPLE
Historians and aficionados of ancient works can view Masterworks of the 15th and 16th centuries at the MORGAN LIBRARY, 2 exhibitions for the price of one. I’ve always been fascinated by the illuminated manuscripts, each page an individual dazzling treasure. I wonder how those artisans created such color intensity and riveting images, some of which depict Catherine herself in pious attribution. “The Hours of Catherine of Cleves,” is a rare opportunity to see the full contents of the book, parts one and two, reunited for the first time. Don’t miss the other exhibit, “Rome After Raphael,” a wonderful study of the craftsmanship by Raphael, Michelangelo and other Roman artists. The show runs through May. At 225 Madison Ave. (36th Street) http://www.morganlibrary.org/.
Who for art thou BRONZINO? Well, the Metropolitan Museum of Art brings together all of the 61 known drawings by, or attributed to, the great Florentine Artist of the Medici in THE DRAWINGS OF AGNOLO BRONZINO (1503-1572), on view through April 18th. A painter, draftsman, academician and enormously witty poet, often writing with his cat Corimbo at his side, Bronzino is a multi-dimensional figure and his works of extraordinary beauty and rarity, have seldom been on public view. The display of studies in chalk as well as more painterly drawings in wash and gouache demonstrates Bronzino’s brilliant command of the human figure, and his gift for composition. Drawings related to important fresco cycles, altarpieces, and tapestries with rich allegorical meanings reveal the artist’s literary sensibilities. http://www.metmuseum.org/.
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln kick started his presidential run in New York particularly with his 1860 Cooper Union address in the Great Hall with his effort to preserve the Union, and the wartime threat to civil liberties. Lincoln’s evolving stance on slavery alternately infuriated and pleased African-American New Yorkers, many of them veterans of the anti-slavery movement and Underground Railroad activism. Lincoln and New York runs through March 25 and exhibits how Lincoln grew as a leader, writer, symbol of Union and freedom and ultimately, as national martyr. The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (74th St.) commemorates Lincoln’s birthday with various Union army regiments and celebrates Black history month with the 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops, President’s weekend, Saturday, February 13. www.nyhistory.org.
Well, Ta Ta darlings! I’ve already visited Bronzino and Lincoln and checked in at the Winter Antiques Show so I’m off to the Morgan to see Catherine of Cleves. Visit me at www.pollytalk.com. I love fan mail, thanks for your comments, always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or check my blogs: http://www.amazingartdecodivas.blogspot.com and http://www.thefashionhistorianpollyguerin.blogspot.com or http://www.awakenyoursleepingbeauty.blogspot.com.