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Jane Austen Artifacts at the Morgan Library and in England

“Likenesses of Jane Austen, as well as objects that passed through her family’s hands, are emerging from storage with fanfare and traveling widely. In the past year, Austen heirlooms on the move have included a tiny 1869 watercolor portrait, which sold to a private collector for $270,000 at Sotheby’s in London, and a turquoise ring owned by Austen, which Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, England, bought from the singer Kelly Clarkson for about $250,000.” (via NYTimes.com)

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The Morgan Whips Through Four Centuries of Spanish Drawing

“Although it’s well-stocked with French, Dutch and Italian drawings, the Morgan Library & Museum does not have many from Spain, in part because some of the great Spanish painters, Velázquez included, worked out their ideas directly on canvas. So while the Morgan mounted a 100-piece exhibition last fall on the topic of Venetian drawings from the 18th century, its first-ever show of Spanish drawings whips through four centuries in just 25 objects.” (via NYTimes.com)

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The Morgan Library & Museum to begin digitization of its renowned drawings collection

“The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that it will begin the digitization of its collection of master drawings, considered to be one of the greatest in the world. The initiative will result in a digital library of more than 10,000 images, representing drawings spanning the fourteenth to twenty-first centuries, available free of charge on the Morgan’s website. The project will begin in October and is expected to be completed within one year, contributing significantly to the Morgan’s commitment to advancing drawings scholarship. The images will be accessible in two formats: one for general identification and another for detailed study with enhanced resolution. Scholarly information about each drawing will be linked to a corresponding Morgan catalogue record. Importantly, the project includes approximately 2,000 images of versos (reverse sides) of drawings that contain rarely seen sketches or inscriptions by the artist. The digital library will be available on an open-access basis, and can be downloaded for non-commercial uses such as classroom presentations, dissertations, and educational websites devoted to the fine arts.” (via Art Daily)

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Books and Other Fetish Objects

NYT – “I GOT a real thrill in December 1999 in the Reading Room of the Morgan Library in New York when the librarian, Sylvie Merian, brought me, after I had completed an application with a letter of reference and a photo ID, the first, oldest notebook of Isaac Newton. First I was required to study a microfilm version. There followed a certain amount of appropriate pomp. The notebook was lifted from a blue cloth drop-spine box and laid on a special padded stand. I was struck by how impossibly tiny it was — 58 leaves bound in vellum, just 2 3/4 inches wide, half the size I would have guessed from the enlarged microfilm images. There was his name, “Isacus Newton,” proudly inscribed by the 17-year-old with his quill, and the date, 1659.”

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At the Morgan, Gently Restoring a Treasure-Filled Building

NYTimes – “When the Morgan Library & Museum reopened four years ago after undergoing a widely praised $106 million renovation and expansion, it seemed as if its problems had ended. Renzo Piano’s design, with its gleaming steel-and-glass entrance on Madison Avenue, soaring atrium, new gallery spaces and 280-seat auditorium, provided much needed space. It also gracefully linked the Morgan’s three disparate buildings and erased its awkward 1991 glass atrium.”

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