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Medium: archival pigmented print on Lumachrome paper

 

Dimensions: 48” h x 53” w Framed

 

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Morgan Library I

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library and Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837 – 1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the US.  As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books and old master drawings and prints. 

Mr. Morgan’s library, as it was known in his lifetime, was built between 1902 and 1906 adjacent to his NY residence at Madison Ave and 36th St.  Designed by Charles McKim of the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the structure was to reflect the nature and stature of its holdings. The result was an Italian Renaissance-stye palazzo with three magnificent rooms epitomizing America’s Age of Elegance.  Completed three years before McKim’s death, it is considered by many to be his masterpiece. In 1924, eleven years after Pierpont Morgan’s death, his son, J.P. Morgan, Jr. (1867- 1943), known as Jack, realized that the library had become too important to remain in private hands.  In what constituted one of the most momentous cultural gifts in US history, he fulfilled his father’s dream of making the library and its treasures available to scholars and the public alike by transforming it into a public institution. 

 

An avid art collector, Mr. Morgan was one of the greatest benefactors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Opera, the American Academy in Rome, and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT.  Morgan was elected a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum in 1888 and served as its president from 1904 until his death in 1913. In 1917, his son JP Morgan JR. gifted some seven thousand pieces of his father’s collection to the Met. It was one of the most significant cultural gifts in American history. 

 

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The Morgan Library 1

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